Put your best foot forward at these five local shoe stores



It’s not just kids who might wear a new pair of sneakers in September – everyone deserves to step into fall with new shoes. Here’s where to score the best.

The Concepts Shoe Wall. / Photo by Pat Piasecki

Saks Fifth Avenue

Selecting an upscale department store is hard to compete with, and Saks’ women’s and men’s shoe sections have long been destinations for designer favorites (Christian Louboutin, Gianvito Rossi, Dolce & Gabbana) , as well as emerging brands like Amina Muaddi. Bonus for shoe junkies looking for a pair of post-quarantine outlet stunners: The store expects an influx of fun and shiny styles just in time for fall.

Prudential Center, 617-262-8500, saksfifthavenue.com.

The vibrant smoking shoes by Artemis Design Co. / Photo by Lauren O’Neil

Artemis Design Co.

You just can’t walk Newbury Street or through Nantucket these days without spotting a few pairs of new prep slides and moccasins from Massachusetts-based Milicent Armstrong made from old Turkish kilim rugs. Fresh out of a partnership with fashion label Rowing Blazers, Armstrong recently launched a new line of shoes made with suzani, traditional and distinctive embroidered textiles from Central Asia.

857-477-7189, artemisdesignco.com.

Helene’s leather

In a place known for its icy and snowy winter streets, a good, sturdy boot is a must. Fortunately, this historic Beacon Hill boutique has served stylish and practical city dwellers for decades. While it specializes in a distinctly non-New England look – leather cowboy boots in virtually any color and size – you can also try more versatile and trendy styles, including the recent addition of cult Australian brand Blundstone.

110 Charles Street, Boston, 617-742-2077, helensleather.com.

A wonder Stella McCartney from Saks. / Photo via Saks.com


Trendy sneakers, some of which are exclusive, are the name of the game at this local concept shop, with options ranging from soft to wild. In the men’s section, you’ll find collectibles like the Nike Air Jordan 1, as well as out-of-the-box rarities like Yeezy’s futuristic foam runners. The women’s selection is no less robust, with options known to include sleek, blush-hued sneakers from Lanvin, as well as funky glitter-encrusted sneakers from Golden Goose.

18 Newbury Street, Boston, cncpts.com.

A Converse x DRKSHDW Chuck 70 sneaker from Alan Bilzerian. / Photo by Alan Bilzeriana

Alan bilzerian

Not a fan of going out in the same shoes as everyone else? Go for something a little bolder, but still wearable, at this cutting-edge boutique, which continues to fuel the Boston fashion conversation with styles you won’t see anywhere else in town. Fall highlights include two standout hi-tops: a surprisingly comfortable Converse x DRKSHDW Chuck 70, as well as a decadent sheepskin-lined hi-top shoe from Rick Owens that will fit perfectly in the colder months.

34 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-536-1001, alanbilzerian.com.

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