From high-end, comfort shoes to fun shoes for a bargain price, these seven Denver shoe stores will help you complete your shoe collection. (Dardano’s pictured above.)
As I’ve written before, after spending too many nights with uncomfortable, trendy shoes in my 20s, I’ve come to value what I like to think of as investment shoes…high-quality, comfortable shoes that will last. Like many women, I’ve also realized that shoe shopping can be more fun than clothes shopping because your shoe size tends to be so much more consistent. And, even if you do end up going up a shoe size (I swear I did after one pregnancy), with shoes, you don’t ever feel bad if you suddenly find yourself needing the next size up.
But, I’ve also found that, more than any other accessory or clothing item, good shoes can really enhance or detract from your life experiences. I’m still thrilled about a pair of Dansko sandals I picked up just two days before we left for Merida, Mexico, a trip where we spent hours traipsing through the hot city center. Traditional wisdom says you never pack a brand new pair of shoes for a trip, but I knew it would be an investment in my travel experience, and it’s still the pair I bring for all sunny travels.
Here are seven of my favorite Denver shoe stores where you can collect shoes for your own life experiences…
Dardano’s, 1550 S. Colorado Boulevard
A Denver institution, Dardano’s has long been one of my go-to places for shoes, and I’m never disappointed…though it is sometimes hard to walk out with only one pair. They carry such an extensive selection of attractive, comfortable shoes (Dansko and Naot are two of my favorites!) that I always start daydreaming about long walking tours through Europe…wearing my newly purchased shoes, of course. Plus, they repair shoes too, so you can hold on to your favorite pairs even longer.
What to buy: High quality, long-lasting everyday shoes and boots for men and women. You won’t find a stiletto here, but you can find some cute heels that won’t leave you wincing in pain later.
Little Feet, 201 University Boulevard (Cherry Creek)
I tend to think of Little Feet as a Dardano’s for kids. With brands like Merrell, Saucony, Stride Rite, Keen, and See Kai Run, they carry quality, durable shoes that protect and cushion little growing feet. And, though we still live in the land of Velcro shoes, one day I plan to sign my kiddo up for their free shoe-tying class.
What to buy: Great everyday shoes for your kiddos up to size 6 for girls and size 7 for boys, including crib shoes.
Scarpaletto, 1436 Larimer Street (LoDo)
Scarpaletto is another long-time local shop, serving Denver for nearly 30 years. The family-owned business carries men’s and women’s shoes and boots from brands like Donald J. Pliner, Frye, and Sorel. They also carry the largest selection of Old Gringo boots in Colorado.
What to buy: Shop here for your everyday “power” shoes…the ones you want to wear to work meetings for both comfort and attractiveness.
Two Sole Sisters, 1078 S. Gaylord (Wash Park) and 1703 Pearl Street, Boulder
The sisters behind the Boulder shop opened a Denver location in the Wash Park neighborhood a year ago. At Two Sole Sisters, you can expect to find high-end, quality women’s shoes and boots as well as purses, and a few other fun accessories. You’ll also get extremely attentive service, and frequently by one of the sisters. Brands include AGL, Cordani, Fly London as well as these others.
Strut, 3611 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square)
A cute little neighborhood boutique, Strut carries a carefully selected line of women’s shoes as well as women’s clothing and accessories. The price point is on the higher end, but with brands like Frye, Free People and Toms, so is the quality. And, they frequently have a sales rack as they rotate new shoes into stock, so you can still find a steal of a deal.
What to buy: Women’s sandals and boots (you’ll find both on sale now) plus a cute shirt to go with it.
True Love, 42 S. Broadway (SoBo)
When I think of True Love, I think of fun shoes…bright colors, current trends, maybe something a little edgier than you’ll find elsewhere. And, you won’t believe the prices. All of the women’s shoes are $38 or under, and all of the men’s shoes are $48 and under. This is where you might find a pair of shoes to go perfectly with that one outfit, but only that outfit…but with prices like these, you won’t mind.
What to buy: Trendy shoes for men and women at a great deal.
32nd West, 3631 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square)
Not exactly a shoe store, 32nd West basically carries everything for an outdoor lifestyle…but that includes shoes! This sister store to Evergreen’s Boone Mountain Sports has been open since 2011. The store is mostly geared toward men and women, but it does have a nice selection of kids’ shoes.
What to buy: Hiking and running shoes for men and women. Everyday play shoes and boots for kids.