New York’s Well-Heeled Wanderings
In the city that never sleeps, you’ll need a good pair of shoes. Here’s where to buy them.
Treading your own path requires a signature pair of shoes – the kind you can flaunt as you walk down Fifth Avenue to sip cocktails at a new Soho hotspot. Standing out against the crowd is no easy feat, and in true New York style you may need a few extra inches. There is no shortage of shopping in the city, but only savvy locals know New York’s best shoe boutiques.
If you’re a true New Yorker, one of your first stops will be Chuckies on Madison Avenue. This NYC legend takes you back to the glory days of fashion, of gorgeous leathers and fine Italian stitching. Before top-end designers had their own dedicated boutiques, Chuckies was where they would sell their lines and the likes of Madonna, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez would follow. Today, it attracts an elite clientele who know the expert team at Chuckies offers a selection they can’t find anywhere else. High-end heels are sourced from around the world with a mix of styles straight from the runway and undiscovered smaller labels, many of which are sold exclusively at Chuckies — Aquazzura, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chloe, Givenchy, Ritch Erani NYFC and Marni to name just a few.
“You may walk into the concept store just to buy a new pair of heels, but you’ll leave with an elevated sense of lifestyle.”
So much more than a store, Edon Manor feels more like a modern art gallery for the world’s top designer shoes. This chic boutique with wooden columns and fur throws specializes in the best selection of English and upscale European designer footwear. You may just walk into the concept store to buy a new pair of heels, but you’ll leave with an elevated sense of lifestyle. Adorn your feet with the newest styles from Tabitha Simmons, Paul Andrew, Proenza Schouler and more.
If browsing through New York shoe shops leaves you inspired, make and design your own pair of signature heels at Brooklyn Shoe Space. The studio, fully equipped with shoemakers’ machines, drills, patterns, pressers and pincers, can help make your footwear fantasies a reality. Whether you’re looking for a consultation on your idea, open studio time to create your vision or to join a class of like-minded shoe fanatics, you can get it done at Brooklyn Shoe Space. After all, if you can make it here, you can wear it anywhere.