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BEST Women's Shoes

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»

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»

2010 BEST Women's Shoes

Barneys New York

Boston

For shoe fiends, it’s hard to top Barneys’ rainbow assortment of Lanvin ballet flats, gladiators, and peep-toe Mary Janes. And that’s just the beginning. Spread out across 3,500 square feet of first-floor space, the offerings are straight off the pages… 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
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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»

2006 BEST Women's Shoes

Neiman Marcus

Boston, Natick

An influx of new shops made for a tough year in the shoe department: So many options, so few feet! But inimitable service and selection secure Neiman’s as the enduring go-to. More than 25 brands include hard-to-find styles of Louboutin,… read more»

2006 BEST Women's Shoes, High Heels

Jimmy Choo

Boston

The new Jimmy Choo stocks a dizzying array of 3-inch-plus boots, sandals, and work-appropriate pumps in patent leather and calfskin, giving shoe fiends myriad options for killer ladder-climbing, first-dating, and pedicure-comparing power plays. read more»

2005 BEST Women's Shoes

Neiman Marcus

Boston

Smaller boutiques deserve snaps for cleverness and class, but no one touches Neiman’s when it comes to sheer selection. Sole searchers here can browse through zebra-print Manolos, steel-heeled Kors slingbacks, Marc Jacobs espadrilles, and bejeweled Christian Lacroix sandals. And with… read more»