Best of Boston

2008 Best Women's Shoes

Louis 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 Schouler) perch along another. And although $800 Balenciagas remain part of the offerings, it’s possible to score an equally dynamite pair of Coclico sandals for a few hundred bucks (as, unable to resist, we did).

60 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-262-6100,