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In a city where closet space is hard to come by, the well-dressed New York City girl needs to make some careful edits as to what goes in there, and especially when it comes to bulky footwear. The easiest way to do that? Make your shoe purchases meaningful by only buying from the most worthy places. We've narrowed down your shopping options to 20 of the city's best stores—bypassing department stores, because you already know what to expect from Bergdorf's and Saks—that'll supply everything from slim sandals to heavy-duty boots (and fit a range of budgets, too).

With research assistance from Elena Adams and Daise Bedolla

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Charlotte Olympia

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You won't find many basic pumps at designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal's New York City outpost. Instead, expect elaborately printed platforms, embroidered smoking slippers, and lots of whimsical designs based on the season. The selection rotates frequently, so be on the lookout for sales. [Photo: Driely S.]

Manolo Blahnik

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“You can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and my watch, but don’t take my Manolo Blahniks," Carrie Bradshaw famously said to her mugger. Sure, pairs are pricey, but you can always try your luck at their sample sales. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Vince Camuto

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Most New York girls have at least one pair of Vince Camutos in their closet—their on-trend designs come at affordable prices, and they're structured to last for at least a few seasons. The brand also has several other city boutiques, including Flatiron and a Soho flagship. [Photo]

Nicholas Kirkwood

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The British designer's first stateside store features an outdoor garden and plenty of footwear that cost upwards of $1,000 and are worthy of a museum display. Look for Kirkwood's seasonal collections of architectural heels with laser-cut details, as well as the brand's frequent collaborations. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Christian Louboutin

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There's no better place to shop for Louboutin's ubiquitous red bottoms than the brand's own boutiques, which include this location, a men's store right around the corner, and the newly expanded shop on Madison Avenue. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Pierre Hardy

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The Parisian designer is known for graphic details like geometric squares and color-blocking. Inspired by architecture, his shoes are artful and confident, and (above all) super sexy. Prices are definitely in the designer tier, but seasonal markdowns can drop prices by up to 40%. [Photo]

United Nude

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Shopping at the Bond Street flagship is an experience that goes way beyond shoes, with its nontraditional basics like ballet flats with small block heels, wedges that resemble a Möbius band, mosaic peep-toes, and pumps with chair feet back-lit in an otherwise dim store. [Photo: Getty]

Galeria Melissa

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The Brazilian shoe designer is known for her simple-yet-stylish jelly flats and sandals that come in at well under $100. Plus, the woman loves a collab—she's frequently pairing up with designers like Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, and Karl Lagerfeld to debut new styles. [Photo]

Coclico

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French-born designer Sandra Canselier came from a long line of shoemakers, but she decided to make her brand's home in New York—and eco-friendly, to boot.[Photo]

The Frye Company

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The Massachusetts-born heritage company originally started making leather footwear for factory workers, but they look anything but out of place stomping down a Soho sidewalk. They're not exactly cheap, but will last you for several seasons when cared for properly. [Photo]
The indie boutique on this out-of-the-way tiny street is Manhattan's definitive capital of clogs, and you can get the wooden-platform heel on several varieties of footwear, from sandals to booties. [Photo]

Matt Bernson

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The Tribeca-based designer has been catering to downtown men and women with leather and suede shoes for all seasons and occasions since 2012. Bonus points for his super-adorable son and dog making frequent in-store appearances. [Photo]

Shoe Market

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This is Williamsburg's go-to spot for footwear that's trendy, not too expensive, and comfortable enough to log considerable miles on the sidewalk. Available brands range from Keds and Birkenstocks to Rachel Comey and Dolce Vita. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
Need to ditch the too-high heels you thought you could survive all day in, or change up your footwear for a last-minute party invite? Stop in the newest H&M at Herald Square for their 2,000-square foot department of shoes. They might not last forever, but they won't leave a dent in your bank account, either. [Photo: Laura Gurfein]

Dune London

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The British boutique arrived in Soho last fall, and is already planning its expansion with a store at the forthcoming Westfield World Trade Center. More charming than the parade of high heels along the ceiling are that the boots, heels, and sandals here look more expensive than they actually are.[Photo]
Entering Feit’s Nolita store—the shoe label’s first permanent outpost outside of Australia—is like journeying into the depths of extreme minimalism. Squint and you might be able to see the brand’s sleek boots, hand-sewn loafers, and double-strap sandals dotted throughout the vast, blond wood space. [Photo: Feit]

Nina Z

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There are few shoes as divisive as the clog, but for those in the “pro” camp, Nina Z offers Swedish-made, wooden-soled styles—from sandals to boots. Her by-appointment-only showroom is listed here, but you can also shop the line at the Brooklyn Flea and Antoinette. [Photo]

Flight Club

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Need a sneaker? Get in line. Crowds can form in front of this shop before the doors even open because they'll get in limited editions of Air Jordans and other covetable models. And even if you're not going for sneakerhead styles, you could still find fashion-forward pairs from Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and more. [Photo]

& Other Stories

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Go through the Mercer Street entrance to get directly to the shoes from this H&M sister brand, which are all crafted in the ateliers in Stockholm and Paris. There's flats, heels, and booties in stock year-round, and most of what you'll find is under $200. [Photo]

Edon Manor

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Designed to feel like a library you can hang out in all day, this accessories shop sprinkles its artsy interior with shoes from Lanvin, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, and the like. Expect to find everything from Givenchy sneakers for fancy bodega runs to spindly Pierre Hardy pumps that only those with Ubers at the ready should attempt to wear. [Photo]

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Charlotte Olympia

You won't find many basic pumps at designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal's New York City outpost. Instead, expect elaborately printed platforms, embroidered smoking slippers, and lots of whimsical designs based on the season. The selection rotates frequently, so be on the lookout for sales. [Photo: Driely S.]

Manolo Blahnik

“You can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and my watch, but don’t take my Manolo Blahniks," Carrie Bradshaw famously said to her mugger. Sure, pairs are pricey, but you can always try your luck at their sample sales. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Vince Camuto

Most New York girls have at least one pair of Vince Camutos in their closet—their on-trend designs come at affordable prices, and they're structured to last for at least a few seasons. The brand also has several other city boutiques, including Flatiron and a Soho flagship. [Photo]

Nicholas Kirkwood

The British designer's first stateside store features an outdoor garden and plenty of footwear that cost upwards of $1,000 and are worthy of a museum display. Look for Kirkwood's seasonal collections of architectural heels with laser-cut details, as well as the brand's frequent collaborations. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Christian Louboutin

There's no better place to shop for Louboutin's ubiquitous red bottoms than the brand's own boutiques, which include this location, a men's store right around the corner, and the newly expanded shop on Madison Avenue. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Pierre Hardy

The Parisian designer is known for graphic details like geometric squares and color-blocking. Inspired by architecture, his shoes are artful and confident, and (above all) super sexy. Prices are definitely in the designer tier, but seasonal markdowns can drop prices by up to 40%. [Photo]

United Nude

Shopping at the Bond Street flagship is an experience that goes way beyond shoes, with its nontraditional basics like ballet flats with small block heels, wedges that resemble a Möbius band, mosaic peep-toes, and pumps with chair feet back-lit in an otherwise dim store. [Photo: Getty]

Galeria Melissa

The Brazilian shoe designer is known for her simple-yet-stylish jelly flats and sandals that come in at well under $100. Plus, the woman loves a collab—she's frequently pairing up with designers like Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, and Karl Lagerfeld to debut new styles. [Photo]

Coclico

French-born designer Sandra Canselier came from a long line of shoemakers, but she decided to make her brand's home in New York—and eco-friendly, to boot.[Photo]

The Frye Company

The Massachusetts-born heritage company originally started making leather footwear for factory workers, but they look anything but out of place stomping down a Soho sidewalk. They're not exactly cheap, but will last you for several seasons when cared for properly. [Photo]

No. 6

The indie boutique on this out-of-the-way tiny street is Manhattan's definitive capital of clogs, and you can get the wooden-platform heel on several varieties of footwear, from sandals to booties. [Photo]

Matt Bernson

The Tribeca-based designer has been catering to downtown men and women with leather and suede shoes for all seasons and occasions since 2012. Bonus points for his super-adorable son and dog making frequent in-store appearances. [Photo]

Shoe Market

This is Williamsburg's go-to spot for footwear that's trendy, not too expensive, and comfortable enough to log considerable miles on the sidewalk. Available brands range from Keds and Birkenstocks to Rachel Comey and Dolce Vita. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

H&M

Need to ditch the too-high heels you thought you could survive all day in, or change up your footwear for a last-minute party invite? Stop in the newest H&M at Herald Square for their 2,000-square foot department of shoes. They might not last forever, but they won't leave a dent in your bank account, either. [Photo: Laura Gurfein]

Dune London

The British boutique arrived in Soho last fall, and is already planning its expansion with a store at the forthcoming Westfield World Trade Center. More charming than the parade of high heels along the ceiling are that the boots, heels, and sandals here look more expensive than they actually are.[Photo]

Feit

Entering Feit’s Nolita store—the shoe label’s first permanent outpost outside of Australia—is like journeying into the depths of extreme minimalism. Squint and you might be able to see the brand’s sleek boots, hand-sewn loafers, and double-strap sandals dotted throughout the vast, blond wood space. [Photo: Feit]

Nina Z

There are few shoes as divisive as the clog, but for those in the “pro” camp, Nina Z offers Swedish-made, wooden-soled styles—from sandals to boots. Her by-appointment-only showroom is listed here, but you can also shop the line at the Brooklyn Flea and Antoinette. [Photo]

Flight Club

Need a sneaker? Get in line. Crowds can form in front of this shop before the doors even open because they'll get in limited editions of Air Jordans and other covetable models. And even if you're not going for sneakerhead styles, you could still find fashion-forward pairs from Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and more. [Photo]

& Other Stories

Go through the Mercer Street entrance to get directly to the shoes from this H&M sister brand, which are all crafted in the ateliers in Stockholm and Paris. There's flats, heels, and booties in stock year-round, and most of what you'll find is under $200. [Photo]

Edon Manor

Designed to feel like a library you can hang out in all day, this accessories shop sprinkles its artsy interior with shoes from Lanvin, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, and the like. Expect to find everything from Givenchy sneakers for fancy bodega runs to spindly Pierre Hardy pumps that only those with Ubers at the ready should attempt to wear. [Photo]