A girl can never have too many shoes, and Sex and the City made Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahniks household names, with Carrie Bradshaw spending thousands on footwear: “I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!” For New York City women, shoe fashion is a city requirement. What follows are five of some of the best shops for women’s shoes this fall — all of which offer affordable options for those who simply cannot spend a yearly salary on designer shoes.
78 Orchard St.,
New York, NY 10002
MooShoes opened in 2001, settling in its SoHo home shortly after. The success of the vegan-owned business led to an opening in Los Angeles last fall. Cruelty-free items include footwear, bags, T-shirts, books and accessories. MooShoes offers a variety of fall shoes within affordable ranges such as Dr. Martens, Vegetarian Shoes, walking boots, riding boots and hiking or half boots. The New York shoe store is open 7 days a week.
160 N. 6th St.,
Brooklyn, NY 11249
For the “best little shoe store in Brooklyn,” head to the Shoe Market in Williamsburg. This shoe store features Worishofer, Rachel Comey, Toms, Jeffrey Campbell, Senso, Bass, Sven, Zuriick, Tretorn, Frye, J Shoes, Eric Michael, Maguba Clogs, Swedish Hasbeens, Clae, Zuriick and Campe in an array of styles and designs perfect for fall. Shoe Market has been a footwear staple in the area since 1999 for booties, clogs, boots and wedges. Summer clearances are underway as sales for fall shoes commence.
275 Mott St.,
New York, NY 10012
Coclico operates a retail spot on Mott and a showroom on Broadway. Descending from a “long line of French shoemakers,” Sandra Canselier believes “a shoe is a story designed as an object.” Perfect for shoe lovers that care for the world around us, Coclico sources local materials from Europe and hand-makes the footwear in a family-run factory in Mallorca, Spain. The brand follows ethical standards and is environmentally responsible with “inconspicuous consumption,” offering “classic and timeless” boots, shoes, sandals, clogs, flats, wedges and booties crafted of the finest natural wood, leather and cork from recycled and renewable components.
Matt Bernson New York Flagship Boutique
20 Harrison St.,
New York, NY 10013
Matt Bernson’s attention to detail, handmade quality and comfortable, wearable designs are the reasons his shoes are a celebrity must-have. After creating popular footwear for Urban Outfitters, Scoop and Madewell house lines (as well as his own label found in high-end boutiques), Bernson opened his flagship store in Tribeca. The designer’s creations have been spotted on many an A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts and Kristin Bell, among many others.
Head Over Heelz
648 Willis Ave.,
Williston Park, NY 11596
Family-owned and operated by Queens’ residents, Head Over Heelz is centrally located, offering designer shoes at affordable prices. From handbags to sunglasses and of course footwear, the store is a definite stop for shoe lovers everywhere who must be one fashion step above the rest. Be red carpet ready with peep toe ankle boots, strappy sandals, pumps and more from the most popular shoe brands such as Steve Madden, Chinese Laundry, Michael Kors and Koolaburra. Make a statement this autumn with a pop of color. The New York shoe store is currently running a sale on Kristin Cavallari Copertina yellow pumps for fall that cannot be missed.
Deirdre is a freelance writer from New York, fascinated with topics within her field of study such as beauty, hair and fashion, as well as guilty pleasures like reality TV, relationships, entertainment and dining.