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BEST Women's Shoes

2016 BEST Women's Shoes

Saks Fifth Avenue

Boston

We wanted to give another store this award for 2016. We really did. But then we got lost in Saks’s sea of fetish-worthy footwear—sparkly Louboutin high-top sneakers, Ferragamo fur-trimmed booties, chunky color-blocked Fendi heels—and realized, yet again, that no place… read more»

2015 BEST Women's Shoes

John Fluevog Shoes

Boston

Turnover on Newbury Street is all too common, but John Fluevog Shoes has sold its unconventional footwear on the strip since 1987. The vast selection of boots, booties, sandals, platforms, and heels offers shoppers the chance to keep it simple… read more»

2014 BEST Women's Shoes

Saks Fifth Avenue

Boston

Shoe heaven is, in fact, a place on earth—and you can find it at this second-floor salon, where heels from Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and other stalwarts mingle with pairs from rising stars like Tabitha Simmons and Sophia Webster. In… read more»

2013 BEST Women's Shoes

Barneys New York

Boston

Every well-shod woman has the closet to prove it—sensible pumps for work, streamlined flats for weekends, sky-high Christian Louboutins just because—and chances are, there’s a Barneys shoebox on her shelves. The department store’s cavernous shoe salon proffers the red-soled attention… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Shoes

Moxie

Boston

Whether you’re looking for cobblestone-tough flats from See by Chloé or sexy date-night stilettos from B by Brian Atwood, you’ll find them at Karen Fabbri’s newly renovated Beacon Hill boutique. read more»

2011 BEST Women's Shoes

Barneys New York

Boston

A store’s shoe section cannot be judged by its stock of sky-high Manolos and red-soled Louboutins alon—though, to be sure, Barneys has plenty of those. No, what we need is a selection that will keep us feeling well heeled even… read more»

2009 BEST Women's Shoes, Affordable

344

Boston

As local shoe fetishists know, most reasonably priced footwear in Boston is usually too young, too tacky, or too shoddy. Trend-pusher 344 delivers a surprisingly solid range of grownup kicks—from $39 Novela gladiator flats to $99 Lovely People sequin pumps—that… read more»

2009 BEST Women's Shoes

Barneys New York

Boston

You may not be buying as much these days, but—hallelujah!—Barneys is. The national chain is in the enviable, corporate-backed position of being able to continue carrying as broad an array of heels, sandals, boots, and flats as it did in… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Shoes

Louis Boston

Boston

With its efforts this past year focused on footwear, Louis Boston now rivals national department stores in quantity—and beats them outright in quality. Delicious flats by Devotte and Gryson line one wall, while heels both timeless (Mayle) and risk-taking (Proenza… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Shoes

Barneys New York

Boston

Whatever your particular fetish—prim Lanvin flats, foot-high Louboutins—Barney’s indulgent 3,200-square-foot shoe space is the ultimate playground. (In the year since it opened, we’ve officially kicked our persistent online footwear-buying habit.) Did we mention sizes are rarely unavailable here? On those… read more»