Ask any woman and she’ll tell you––shoes make the man. The right pair of shoes imbue the wearer with an aura of good taste and unbeatable confidence. Style may be a state of mind, but your choice of shoe undeniably sets the foundation for the rest of your look. Whatever sole your soul is craving, from sneakers (think Robert Pattinson’s Nike Air Tiempos) to slip-ons (was that Brad Pitt in those Vans half-crepes?), here’s where to grab the looks that get you where you want to go.


185 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY  11201
(718) 834-8423

Top-name brands for men like Bed Stu, Onitsuka Tiger and Clark’s make Soula’s the go-to shoe resource for Brownstone Brooklyn’s casual set. Creative designers and brands well-known for melding comfort and trend earmark the look carefully curated for both Soula locations by owner Rick Lee. Understanding his customer’s desire for chic affordability, originality and comfort, Lee hand-picks this season’s hottest styles as well as timeless classics for men, women and kids that are sure to transcend both borough and season in style.


Moo Shoes
78 Orchard St.
New York, NY  10002
(212) 254-6512

Of course you can can blend ideology and trend, just ask Moo Shoes founders and cat lovers Erica and Sara Kubersky. Flexing their muscle for irreverent style and irony, the Kubersky sisters founded vegan, cruelty-free Moo Shoes in a defunct butcher shop. Several locations and lots of underground buzz later, Moo Shoes is known for melding spot-on chic with uncompromising principles. Men’s shoe brands like Vegetarian Shoes, Dr. Marten’s and See Vees range from $50-$160. Women’s shoes and accessories, including bags, wallets and belts will have you asking, who needs leather? Call ahead to find out when rescue-kitty adoption days are being hosted at the store.

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DNA Footwear
133 N. 7th St.
Brooklyn, NY  11211
(718) 599-1118

Uber-chic styles in neutrals and brights pepper the loaded shelves of men’s shoes at all five Brooklyn locations. Prices are ridiculously low for sumptuous-feeling footwear from brands like Kenneth Cole, Fly London and Fossil. Sneakers by Gola come in a riot of summer’s hottest colors for $79-$89. This season’s saddle shoes, brogues and moccasins from over 25 designers and brands add to the eclectic mix. Complete your look with grab-and-go leather accessories and sunglasses for him and her.

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10 Christopher St.
New York, NY  10014
(212) 989-4577

Leffot’s gentrified ideology stresses craftsmanship, quality, and comfort. The store’s unique motto, “Nuquam Jactate,” meaning never boast, represents a way of being more than a style of shoe. The personalized attention customers receive here is unparalled and the goal is perfection from toe to head. Made-to-order footwear and brands like Aubercy, Corthay and Danner are precisely curated for the gentleman who has everything, including the perfect pair of shoes.

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131 W. 72nd St.
New York, NY  10023
(212) 595-1338

Upper West Side Tani has been shoeing men, women and kids at two locations for years. The Broadway outpost has a casual flair, featuring Florsheim Limiteds and Wolverines at great price points. The 72nd St. branch is a bit pricier, boasting business and  formal-wear brands like Rachel Comey (pictured), and Florsheims by Duckie Brown, at around $300. Both stores bustle constantly with an unending stream of customers looking for great sales and unending style.  

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