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From Sneakers to Wingtips: Where to Buy Men's Shoes in NYC

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One of our male readers recently lamented that he keeps going to the same stores to buy shoes, and didn't know where else to go besides the overcrowded department stores. So on behalf of him and all the other footwear-deprived dudes out there, this map's for you.

We've scouted out 22 of the best places for men to grab oxfords, wingtips, sneakers, boots, and more in NYC. Below you'll find stores both steeped in tradition and up-and-coming that carry a range of styles, brands, and—most importantly—prices. While some also carry women's merchandise, there's a bunch that cater to the boys only. Check out our map after the jump and plan your shopping spree. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments section.


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Tani's an UWS destination for well-made and sensibly-priced footwear. This store, as well as its 72nd Street location, boasts brands for both men and women, making it a great spot for couples to pick out each other's kicks. [Photo]

Church's English Shoes

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Church's can trace its history back to 1675 in England, when Stone Church trained as a master shoemaker. Today, each pair of loafers, slippers, and dress shoes takes eight weeks to handcraft in the Northhampton factory. [Photo]

Cole Haan

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It's a name you've heard over and over, but that's because they've always made solid shoes that won't go out of style. Pick up a pair of laced boots that will hold up against the soon-to-be-slushy sidewalks for just under $200. [Photo]
The Swiss don't only excel at chocolate, watches, and neutrality—they also pump out some high-quality footwear via Bally. Though their regular-priced boots, drivers, and the like are probably more than what you spend on most of your other shoes, we just spotted some great season-appropriate pairs at up to 50% off. [Photo]

Florsheim

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This age-old brand is just for the boys. That means there's no pesky pumps here—just classic styles in classic shades. Except, of course, when it comes to their avant-garde Duckie Brown collaboration. [Photo]

Johnston & Murphy

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J&M was born in 1850 across the Hudson in Newark, but they've moved to the big city and beyond since then. The brand has crafted shoes for every U.S. president since their founding, so if these aren't good enough for you, we don't know what is. [Photo]

Allen Edmonds

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This men's-only shop isn't just for shoes. Here, you can compliment your new kicks with a sport coat, leather accessories, and even golf gear. They also offer a specialized recrafting process to make your old pair look new again. [Photo]

Alden Shoes

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So yes, this is another centuries-old, family-owned business steeped in the tradition of crafting high-quality leather shoes with durable soles, this time out of Massachusetts. But practice makes perfect, and they've had a lot of time to practice their stitching and intricate designs. [Photo]

Sperry Top-Sider Store

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Though Sperry's ever-popular boat shoes might leave the tops of your feet feeling a bit drafty in the city these days, you can pick up a pair of relaxed leather chukka boots at this Union Square flagship for just $105. [Photo]

Christian Louboutin Men

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In case you (dudes) missed it: Red soles aren't just for ladies. This shop, which opened at the end of last summer, is separate from women's and features a shoe tattoo parlor upstairs. The decor alone makes it a prime shopping destination, even if you can only afford a pair here once a year. [Photo]

Flight Club

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If leather wingtips aren't your style, how about some vintage Air Jordans? This Broadway shop boasts that it's the number one sneaker shop in the world, stocking never-worn rare finds and limited editions from years past that are artfully displayed in endless rows along its brick walls. [Photo]
Though this East Village outpost stocks everything a man needs to dress from head to toe and beyond, we're really into their hand-picked selection of footwear from brands like Bespoken, Grenson, and Common Projects that can be dressed up or down. [Photo]
If you can't find your perfect pair from this carefully curated five-year-old West Village shop that carries Wolverine and John Lobb alongside their house brand, you can get your shoes made to order Check in with one of the store's specialists for more info.

Brunello Cucinelli

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This Italian brand puts as much detailed craftsmanship into its men's footwear as it does into their famed knits. If you're in the market for high-end shoes that you'll treasure for years to come, consider a pair made from waxed suede. [Photo]

John Varvatos

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John Varvatos' Bowery outpost lets you play it safe with a classic fleetwood double bal oxford, or release your inner rock-and-roller with pullover zip boots that look like they came straight off Johnny Depp's own feet. [Photo]

The Frye Company

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Frye boots have evolved from their humble working-class background in Civil War-era Massachusetts into a coveted item for the modern fashion set. Rest assured that the men's boots are much more masculine-looking than the pair your girlfriend has. [Photo]
Cult favorite Supra's Prince Street shop stocks its signature collections, as well as the holiday line and a range of apparel and accessories. Typical frequented by sneakerheads, the shop had an influx of tweens earlier this year after Justin Bieber wore a pair in a tour documentary. [Photo]

The Vans DQM General

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The original DQM off of Bowery was founded by a professional skateboarder, and this partnership store with Vans continues its mission to provide quality kicks for pounding the pavement. [Photo]

E. Vogel

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Located in Soho since 1879, this business has specialized in making custom dress shoes and boots for men. Even their ready-to-wear styles can't be ordered online, since you need to be measured in-store to assure the perfect fit. [Photo]

MooShoes

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For the eco-conscious man, Moo Shoes has taken the "moo" out of their leather—that is, all brands they carry are 100% vegan. They also have accessories, bags, and tees for both men and women that are completely cruelty-free. [Photo]
The owner of Soula previously worked at Barneys New York and Cole Haan, so it's safe to say he knows his footwear. Men's brands that he carries at both this Williamsburg and the Boerum Hill location include Clarks Originals, Frye, and Paul Smith. [Photo]

Epaulet

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"Nearly everything at Epaulet is designed by us and exclusive to the store," Epaulet co-owner Mike Kuhle told us recently. That holds true for a large selection of their footwear, including several styles designed by Alden.

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Tani

Tani's an UWS destination for well-made and sensibly-priced footwear. This store, as well as its 72nd Street location, boasts brands for both men and women, making it a great spot for couples to pick out each other's kicks. [Photo]

Church's English Shoes

Church's can trace its history back to 1675 in England, when Stone Church trained as a master shoemaker. Today, each pair of loafers, slippers, and dress shoes takes eight weeks to handcraft in the Northhampton factory. [Photo]

Cole Haan

It's a name you've heard over and over, but that's because they've always made solid shoes that won't go out of style. Pick up a pair of laced boots that will hold up against the soon-to-be-slushy sidewalks for just under $200. [Photo]

Bally

The Swiss don't only excel at chocolate, watches, and neutrality—they also pump out some high-quality footwear via Bally. Though their regular-priced boots, drivers, and the like are probably more than what you spend on most of your other shoes, we just spotted some great season-appropriate pairs at up to 50% off. [Photo]

Florsheim

This age-old brand is just for the boys. That means there's no pesky pumps here—just classic styles in classic shades. Except, of course, when it comes to their avant-garde Duckie Brown collaboration. [Photo]

Johnston & Murphy

J&M was born in 1850 across the Hudson in Newark, but they've moved to the big city and beyond since then. The brand has crafted shoes for every U.S. president since their founding, so if these aren't good enough for you, we don't know what is. [Photo]

Allen Edmonds

This men's-only shop isn't just for shoes. Here, you can compliment your new kicks with a sport coat, leather accessories, and even golf gear. They also offer a specialized recrafting process to make your old pair look new again. [Photo]

Alden Shoes

So yes, this is another centuries-old, family-owned business steeped in the tradition of crafting high-quality leather shoes with durable soles, this time out of Massachusetts. But practice makes perfect, and they've had a lot of time to practice their stitching and intricate designs. [Photo]

Sperry Top-Sider Store

Though Sperry's ever-popular boat shoes might leave the tops of your feet feeling a bit drafty in the city these days, you can pick up a pair of relaxed leather chukka boots at this Union Square flagship for just $105. [Photo]

Christian Louboutin Men

In case you (dudes) missed it: Red soles aren't just for ladies. This shop, which opened at the end of last summer, is separate from women's and features a shoe tattoo parlor upstairs. The decor alone makes it a prime shopping destination, even if you can only afford a pair here once a year. [Photo]

Flight Club

If leather wingtips aren't your style, how about some vintage Air Jordans? This Broadway shop boasts that it's the number one sneaker shop in the world, stocking never-worn rare finds and limited editions from years past that are artfully displayed in endless rows along its brick walls. [Photo]

Odin

Though this East Village outpost stocks everything a man needs to dress from head to toe and beyond, we're really into their hand-picked selection of footwear from brands like Bespoken, Grenson, and Common Projects that can be dressed up or down. [Photo]