One can never have enough shoes, nor shoe shops for that matter, as a flurry of fabulous new NYC openings proves. Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out!
Notable in the luxey style stakes are Aussies R.M.Williams and Feit. Inspired by the Outback, 1932-established Williams is famous for hand-crafted, leather boots and shoes for men and women, including the classic Craftsman boot formed from a single piece of hide.
Founded by Oz bros Tull and Josh Price, Feit offers contempo handmade leather shoes and accessories using eco-friendly natural materials. An installation artist designed their wood-layered store.
Portuguese prettykin Josefinas opened its first worldwide flagship in Nolita. With velvety banquettes and potted trees, it’s the perfect foil for gorgeous leather pumps, boots and sandals. Fashion-forward flats include red patent-leather Lisbons and blue gingham Yokos.
Brit brogue stalwart Grenson caters to guys and gals, with a 150-year heritage. You’ll find Chelsea boots, Oxfords, Derbys, loafers and moccasins, plus SS17’s vibrant Tim Little x Grenson sneakers handmade in Florence.
For Euro chic, shop at Italian stallions Aquazzura and M.Gemi. Luxe Florence label Aquazzura harnesses rainbow colour, pattern and texture, from its Tropicana Sandal Flat to its Masai Sandal and Baru Wedge Espadrille. Pinks, blues and greens make Edgardo Osorio’s feminine footwear sing, with evening, bridal and kids ranges.
M.Gemi’s wearable handmade Italian shoes celebrate craftsmanship. Men love The Netto Due handpainted sneakers, while ladies go ga-ga for party-ready spring limited editions – fringed-mule The Fronzolo and festive loafer The Fronzolino. It’s a shoe-in!
R.M.Williams / 152 Spring Street / +1 212 219 3619 / 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, 12am-7pm Sat-Sun / rmwilliams.com
Feit / 11a Greenwich Ave / +1 212 691 2055 / 11am-7pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 11am-8pm Thu, noon-6pm Sun / feitdirect.com
Josefinas / 252 Elizabeth St / +1 917 770 2484 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun / josefinas.com
Grenson / 250 Elizabeth St / +1 212 510 8713 / 11am-7pm Sun-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat / grenson.com
Aquazzura / 939 Madison Ave / +1 347 328 0080 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun / aquazzura.com
M.Gemi / 120 Wooster St / +1 844 574 4364 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / mgemi.com