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These 10 Indie Shoe Shops Are Philly's Best

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Sure, you could just head out to the KOP Mall, but for this map of Philly's best shoe shopping, we've side-stepped department stores and mega-chains to give credit where credit's due: our city's independent footwear boutiques. Not a hard decision to make, considering two of Philly's shoe shops have received nods for being the best in the U.S.


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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. Coupled with Bus Stop's superior customer service, the inventory earned the shop the title of "best boutique in the country" by Footwear Plus magazine.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. ToBox

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25 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 644-9435
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Founded by a former employee of Boyds' shoe department, this Rittenhouse Square luxury store stocks men's dress shoes from the likes of Frye, Di Bianco, and Carmina.

8. UBIQ Walnut Street

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1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 988-0194
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Walnut Street's Ubiq is where you'll find sneakerheads lined up for early morning dibs on new releases from Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Adidas, Vans, and Converse. The shop received national recognition when WWD's Footwear News named it one of the country's top 10 shoe stores.

9. Vagabond

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37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 671-0737
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This hip women's boutique in Old City is where you'll find a mix of vintage and up-to-the-minute shoes from Rachel Comey, Swedish Hasbeens, Charlotte Stone, and more.

10. Vivi G Shoes

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503 West Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-6732
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This Main Line shoe boutique houses women's footwear from Melissa, Pour La Victoire, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Corso Como, and Hunter, to name a few.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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. Coupled with Bus Stop's superior customer service, the inventory earned the shop the title of "best boutique in the country" by Footwear Plus magazine.
727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. 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.

6. 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

7. ToBox

25 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Founded by a former employee of Boyds' shoe department, this Rittenhouse Square luxury store stocks men's dress shoes from the likes of Frye, Di Bianco, and Carmina.
25 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. UBIQ Walnut Street

1509 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Walnut Street's Ubiq is where you'll find sneakerheads lined up for early morning dibs on new releases from Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Adidas, Vans, and Converse. The shop received national recognition when WWD's Footwear News named it one of the country's top 10 shoe stores.
1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. Vagabond

37 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This hip women's boutique in Old City is where you'll find a mix of vintage and up-to-the-minute shoes from Rachel Comey, Swedish Hasbeens, Charlotte Stone, and more.
37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Vivi G Shoes

503 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
This Main Line shoe boutique houses women's footwear from Melissa, Pour La Victoire, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Corso Como, and Hunter, to name a few.
503 West Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087