Muse Shoe Studio in Greenville, South Carolina. Photography by Angela Zion.
Sometimes the key to a pulled-together head-to-toe look is simply a matter of having the right footwear. To that end, we asked editors across the country to recommend the locally owned, stand-out shoe stores in their towns where locals can consistently find stylish kicks (and out-of-towners can shop from afar). Whether you’re in search of chic heels, go-anywhere slides, or your new favorite sneakers, these shops have you covered.
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Fortress carries women’s footwear that is responsibly made by hand in Peru using premium natural materials.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The girls behind Fortress are so mindful with all of their business decisions. I appreciate their dedication to exclusively work with family-owned and -operated factories and workshops in Peru,” says Shannon Bland, editor of The Scout Guide Austin. “With all the major corporations cutting corners, it’s nice to buy shoes from people you know care deeply for others. And cheers to them! Their new storefront opens to the public in a few short weeks.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Isla Heeled Sandal
STORE: Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
WHAT THEY STOCK: This Fort Worth staple carries beautiful and classic lines that stand the test of time.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “All I need to say is Pedro Garcias,” says Leigh Brown, editor of The Scout Guide Fort Worth. “They are comfortable, functional and fashionable.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Dory Hazelnut Espadrille
STORE: The Shoe Attic
LOCATION: Williamsburg, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: The Shoe Attic is focused on distinctive lines of high-quality women’s shoes that are not found elsewhere in the Williamsburg area. Styles range from wild to elegant. A selection of clothing and accessories is chosen to complement the shoes as well.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The motto ‘One Shoe Can Change Your Life’ fits the description of our one-of-a-kind, local shoe store! I never leave empty-handed,” says Sara Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Dolce Vita Cici Platform Sandal
STORE: Muse Shoe Studio
LOCATION: Greenville, South Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: Muse Shoe studio is a locally owned and operated shoe store that has been a staple in Greenville for over 15 years.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Owner Musette Stern curates the perfect collection of casual to formal footwear for ladies in Greenville,” says Amanda Arscott, editor of The Scout Guide Greenville. “Open since 2006, Muse Shoe Studio carries everything from running shoes to boots to heels, and their staff is always ready to help you complete your outfit!”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Favela Mule
STORE: Laurie’s Shoes
LOCATION: Saint Louis, Missouri
WHAT THEY STOCK: Celebrating 70 years as a family-owned business, Laurie’s shoes carries over 60,000 pairs of both children and adult fine-quality brands of footwear and accessories.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Laurie’s is the best family footwear shop in town and no one can rival the selection and customer service,” says Stacey Goltermann, editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis. “I love the variety of brands and styles. My children often ask if they can get new shoes because they love the experience so much! Balloons, slides, suckers, and homemade cookies—who could ask for more?”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Birkenstock Boston Soft-Footbed Taupe Suede
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: Scarpa began as a shoe store and has since expanded to include clothing, accessories, jewelry, and beauty. Scarpa focuses on well-crafted pieces that are design-forward and timeless. Their thoughtful curation of beautiful pieces make them a standout no matter the season.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Scarpa always has the most stylish shoes. Whether you’re looking for a trendy sneaker or a timeless heel, they have curated a truly coveted collection,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Golden Goose Stardan Sneaker
LOCATION: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
WHAT THEY STOCK: Terra is a highly curated boutique that carries fabulous brands of women’s clothing, accessories, and fantastic footwear. It’s a destination for contemporary pieces that includes all the classics, plus everything women need to look on-trend.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Terra always has the latest styles and hard-to-find brands to keep you current!” Says Jill King, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Premiata Sneaker