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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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1. Tani

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2020 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 873-4361
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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]

2. Church's English Shoes

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689 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 758-5200
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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]

3. Cole Haan

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9420
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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]

4. Bally

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628 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 751-9082
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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]

5. Florsheim

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444 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 752-8017
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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]

6. Johnston & Murphy

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345 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 697-9375
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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]

7. Allen Edmonds

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24 E 44th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-3144
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]

8. Alden Shoes

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344 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 687-3023
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]

9. Sperry Top-Sider Store

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103 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 675-7248
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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]

10. Christian Louboutin Men

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808 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-2056
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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]

11. Flight Club

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812 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(888) 937-8020
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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]

12. Odin

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328 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-0666
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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]

13. Leffot

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10 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989-4577
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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.

14. Brunello Cucinelli

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379 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 627-9202
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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]

15. John Varvatos

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315 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-0315
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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]

16. The Frye Company

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113 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-3793
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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]

17. Supra

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4 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(718) 330-0755
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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]

18. The Vans DQM General

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93 Grand St
New York, NY
(212) 226-7776
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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]

19. E. Vogel

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19 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-2460
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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]

20. MooShoes

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78 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-6512
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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]

21. Soula

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85 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 230-0038
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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]

22. Epaulet

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231 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 522-3800
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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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1. Tani

2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
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]
2020 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

2. Church's English Shoes

689 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
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]
689 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

3. Cole Haan

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
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]
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

4. Bally

628 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
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]
628 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. Florsheim

444 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
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]
444 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

6. Johnston & Murphy

345 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017
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]
345 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017

7. Allen Edmonds

24 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017
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]
24 E 44th St
New York, NY 10017

8. Alden Shoes

344 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017
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]
344 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017

9. Sperry Top-Sider Store

103 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
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]
103 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Christian Louboutin Men

808 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
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]
808 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

11. Flight Club

812 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
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]
812 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

12. Odin

328 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
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]
328 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003

13. Leffot

10 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
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.
10 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

14. Brunello Cucinelli

379 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014
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]
379 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

15. John Varvatos

315 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
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]
315 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

16. The Frye Company

113 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
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]
113 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

17. Supra

4 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
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]
4 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

18. The Vans DQM General

93 Grand St, New York, NY
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]
93 Grand St
New York, NY

19. E. Vogel

19 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
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]
19 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

20. MooShoes

78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
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]
78 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

21. Soula

85 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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]
85 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

22. Epaulet

231 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
"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.
231 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231