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5 places to shop for shoes on Queen St.

Posted by Amy Michelle Smith / April 6, 2013

shoes queen streetThis month Toronto is celebrating the Shop Small program - a new movement focused on giving some thought to the importance of small, independent businesses and the vibrancy and culture they bring to our neighbourhoods. To mark the occasion, every Saturday morning for the next four weeks we'll be featuring some of our favourite small businesses in a different neighbourhood in Toronto. Today we begin with West Queen West. Check out and support small businesses in your neighbourhood by pledging to #ShopSmall.

I have a problem. A strange addiction. One which has the power to keep me up at night and can send me into a greedy whirlwind of excitement. That I know, how typical-a chick who likes shoes. I'm going out on a limb here guys, so quit judging.

Toronto is chock full of great shoe shopping but when my feet are aching for something new and exciting, a little je ne sais quoi you might say, I like to walk my tootsies on down to Queen to check out the boutique options available for the consummate shoe connoisseur.

Here are five of my favourite spots on Queen to shop for all things shoes, shoes, shoes.

Consistently one of the most well-stocked shoe shops on the block, Heel Boy is an absolute go-to for shoes for any occasion. With a wide variety of labels, running the gamut from extremely affordable (a pair of Keds for $40 or leather Dolce Vita sandals for $80) to the slightly more wish list-worthy (a pair of Steve Madden dicker boots will run you a still sensible $200), the selection of brands available help keep my feet happy without burning a hole in my wallet.

Durumi Chocolate ShoesCHOCOLATE SHOES
When Korean boutique Durumi & Chocolate Shoes (two stores housed in one space) opened up in 2011, it was as though my feet had met their soul mate. Chocolate owner Hyeon Moon stocks her shop with all the latest styles straight from Seoul, each pair completely on-trend and completely affordable. The wide selection of flats sit in the $60 range while the lace-up heels I couldn't help but try on ran a little more than $120. Add to that the great selection of apparel available from store-mate Durumi, and I'm like a kid in a candy store. Except I'm not. I'm a grown woman. In a shoe store.

brodawka and friendsBRODAWKA + FRIENDS
A former designer for footwear aficionado John Fluevog, Jeff Brodawka definitely knows his way around a shoe. Opening the doors to his stand-alone store last Spring, Brodawka is quickly making a name for himself as the purveyor of hand-crafted, exclusive and unique footwear for men and women. Working closely with manufacturers in Portugal and Mexico, every pair of Brodawka shoes is made with an artistic flare and a critical eye. Where else are you going to find tri-colored men's oxfords in buttery leather that looks good enough to eat ($265) or sensible yet stylish heels for women that won't break your toes on your morning commute ($250)? Though the somewhat quirky designs may not be everyone's cup of tea, these shoes are definitely worth a look.

Flipping through the pages of my monthly fashion glossies can be equal parts inspiring and tortuous. Beautiful designer shoes from the likes of Christian Dior, Prada and Proenza litter the pages, yet remain entirely unattainable to the likes of me. That's where designer consignment stores like Fashionably Yours come in to save the day. Owner Janet Han and store manager Hoda Perez are incredibly knowledgeable about every item that comes into the store, and the pair can sniff out a knock-off like a Bloodhound. Find simple Louboutin pumps or Rodarte x Opening Ceremony sandals for $100 or splurge on a pair of exclusive Guiseppe Zanotti x Swarovski wedges for a mere $1,500. Fashionably Yours even provides customers with a money-back guarantee on authenticity.

C Squared TorontoC SQUARED
Though spotting the sign outside may feel like a game of Where's Waldo, C Squared's location just west of Bathurst on Queen is stocked full of great picks from a wide range of designers. With a focus on practicality and comfort, brands like Sperry, Frye and Camper are right at home. Utility by no means denotes a lack of style, but in fact, C Squared aims to marry the two at an affordable price. As much as I love experimenting with new designers, sometimes a girl just needs a pair of Sperry boat shoes ($100) to trek around in on a hot summer day.

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g / April 6, 2013 at 09:03 am
It must be nice to spend $200 on a pair of shoes and not even feel it.
Top five places to buy kicks? / April 6, 2013 at 09:47 am
jen / April 6, 2013 at 09:47 am
"chock" full.
Rachael / April 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm
I can't believe there are only 5 shoes stores on all of Queen Street?? This doesn't sound right, is this the top 5 or something or how were they selected?
whoDatt / April 6, 2013 at 01:21 pm
What about mainstay Fluevog?
Myrna / April 6, 2013 at 02:29 pm
Do they carry women's size 11 though? My biggest issue with smaller shoe stores (and bigger shoe stores tbh).
Iwona / April 6, 2013 at 06:15 pm
Ditto! Good shoes in size 11 are so hard to find.
Shawn / April 6, 2013 at 08:35 pm
Maybe the titles should be changed to "5 places to shop for women's shoes on Queen St."
trevor / April 6, 2013 at 09:28 pm
umm... gravity pope?
lol / April 6, 2013 at 09:49 pm
si vou play has gret deals
AmyMichelle / April 7, 2013 at 10:43 am
Myrna and Iwona, I think tracking down stores that carry a larger range of shoes is a great idea for a post. I'll definitely get to work on that! If we missed any of your favorites, it's not because we don't love them. Keep letting us know where you like to shop in the comments section.
crumbs / April 7, 2013 at 02:18 pm
how is Gravity Pope not on here?
kahoon / April 7, 2013 at 09:20 pm
really!? no gravity pope??
AmyMichelle / April 7, 2013 at 09:50 pm
Gravity Pope is a great shop, don't get me wrong! I drool over their goodies on a regular basis. This article, if you read the fine print, was meant to be a look at some of the independently owned small businesses in the neighborhood so we had to pass on it. That being said, a great shop with a wide selection of amazing footwear and the like.
Jeff Brodawka replying to a comment from Shawn / April 8, 2013 at 08:59 pm
Well, I cannot speak for the other stores but Brodawka & Friends proudly carries men's shoes. The new spring collection is arriving mid-April.
Isabelle / January 20, 2015 at 02:31 am
Fantastic site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover
the same topics talked about in this article? I'd really love
to be a part of online community where I can get comments from
other experienced people that share the same interest.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!
Katherine Jordan / September 24, 2015 at 03:46 pm
Did you discover any ideas narrow width ladies shoes and boots in your travels
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