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Our first-ever Shoe Week wouldn't be complete without a look at Philadelphia's best shoe shops. Here, we've side-stepped department stores and mega-chains to focus on the area's best independent footwear boutiques. Whether you're a sneakerhead or a lover of Manolos, these 12 stores (presented alphabetically) have you covered.


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1. Abakus Takeout

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227 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 351-7978
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This under-the-radar Chinatown shop is the place to go for limited-release Nikes.

2. Benjamin Lovell Shoes

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119 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 564-4655
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WIth five area locations, Benjamin Lovell carries men's and women's footwear from Clarks, Camper, Born, Antelope, and many more. The shop's South Street shop has a must-see sale section in the back of the store.

3. Blue Sole Shoes

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1805 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9244
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Expect a mix of European men's footwear labels like Magnanni, Donald Pliner, Mauri, and Mezlan.

4. Boyds

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1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA
Boyds' selection of men's and women's designer footwear is unsurpassed in Philly. Expect labels like Gucci, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Lanvin, and Tod's.

5. Bottino Uomo

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(215) 988-9150
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On the menu at this upscale men's European footwear boutique? A label lineup that includes Ted Baker, Bruno Magli, Mauri, Zelli, Mezlan, and Bacco Bucci.

6. Bus Stop

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727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2357
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This Fabric Row shoe shop has established a loyal clientele with an ever-revolving mix of funky footwear from United Nude, John Fluevog, Esska, 80%20, and many more.

7. Head Start Shoes

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(215) 567-3247
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Italian designer names take center stage at this Rittenhouse Row footwear shop. Be on the lookout for shoes and buttery leather boots by Fiorentini & Baker, Via Roma, and Ixos.

8. Sherman Brothers Shoes

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1520 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 561-4550
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With stores in Philly, Montgomeryville, and Haverford, Sherman Brothers delivers quality men's footwear from Red Wing, Allen Edmonds, Clarks, Sebago, Cole Haan, and many more.

9. Sole Control

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1050 N. Hancock St., Ste 51
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 519-0369
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Rare, limited-edition sneakers are the specialty at Sole Control, where you can pick up a pair of gently-used sneakers at consignment prices.

10. UBIQ Walnut Street

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1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 988-0194
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A favorite among sneakerheads, Ubiq is considered by many as the area's top shop for hard-to-find shoes from Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Bape, adidas, Vans, and Converse.

11. Vagabond

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37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 671-0737
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This Old City boutique is where you'll find cutting edge designs from the likes of Rachel Comey, Soludos, Miista, Dieppa Restrepo, and Maguba.

12. Vivi G Shoes

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503 West Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-6732
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With stores in Wayne and Glen Mills, ViVi G. Shoes houses women's footwear from Melissa, Pour La Victoire, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Corso Como, and Hunter, to name a few.

1. Abakus Takeout

227 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
This under-the-radar Chinatown shop is the place to go for limited-release Nikes.
227 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

2. Benjamin Lovell Shoes

119 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA
WIth five area locations, Benjamin Lovell carries men's and women's footwear from Clarks, Camper, Born, Antelope, and many more. The shop's South Street shop has a must-see sale section in the back of the store.
119 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA

3. Blue Sole Shoes

1805 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Expect a mix of European men's footwear labels like Magnanni, Donald Pliner, Mauri, and Mezlan.
1805 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Boyds

1818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Boyds' selection of men's and women's designer footwear is unsurpassed in Philly. Expect labels like Gucci, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Lanvin, and Tod's.
1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

5. Bottino Uomo

1726 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103
On the menu at this upscale men's European footwear boutique? A label lineup that includes Ted Baker, Bruno Magli, Mauri, Zelli, Mezlan, and Bacco Bucci.

6. Bus Stop

727 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
This Fabric Row shoe shop has established a loyal clientele with an ever-revolving mix of funky footwear from United Nude, John Fluevog, Esska, 80%20, and many more.
727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Head Start Shoes

Philadelphia, PA 19103
Italian designer names take center stage at this Rittenhouse Row footwear shop. Be on the lookout for shoes and buttery leather boots by Fiorentini & Baker, Via Roma, and Ixos.

8. Sherman Brothers Shoes

1520 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
With stores in Philly, Montgomeryville, and Haverford, Sherman Brothers delivers quality men's footwear from Red Wing, Allen Edmonds, Clarks, Sebago, Cole Haan, and many more.
1520 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. Sole Control

1050 N. Hancock St., Ste 51, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Rare, limited-edition sneakers are the specialty at Sole Control, where you can pick up a pair of gently-used sneakers at consignment prices.
1050 N. Hancock St., Ste 51
Philadelphia, PA 19123

10. UBIQ Walnut Street

1509 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
A favorite among sneakerheads, Ubiq is considered by many as the area's top shop for hard-to-find shoes from Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Bape, adidas, Vans, and Converse.
1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

11. Vagabond

37 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This Old City boutique is where you'll find cutting edge designs from the likes of Rachel Comey, Soludos, Miista, Dieppa Restrepo, and Maguba.
37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Vivi G Shoes

503 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
With stores in Wayne and Glen Mills, ViVi G. Shoes houses women's footwear from Melissa, Pour La Victoire, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Corso Como, and Hunter, to name a few.
503 West Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087