The Best Shoe Stores in Toronto
The best shoe stores in Toronto are promise lands for all types of shoe connoisseurs; whether you're copping super sleek Alexander Wang joints or knock-offs straight from the high street, a quick/leisurely waltz in is bound to send you head over heels. I, myself, am a self-proclaimed collector of (strictly) impractical footwear - my closet is filled to the brim with metallic platforms, sky-high stilettos, and enough printed wedges to daze a small army. So, in my humble, shoe-oriented opinion, it's safe to say these shops are solid spots for anything from a locally designed masterpiece to a jazzy, imported lil' number.
Luckily, many are muddled along the same strip, making the hunt for a new pair of foot-dazzlers as simple as a stroll down Queen Street West. Wait no more, sneakerheads and heel hoarders alike - here are the best shoe stores in Toronto.
Gravitypope - an Edmonton-based retailer - opened its Toronto doors just under a year ago, and has been a mecca for weird and wonderful designer footwear ever since. Besides the usual suspects, like Common Projects and Rachel Comey, they also carry hard-to-find brands like Trippen and Punto Pigro. More »
The stock at Heel Boy is equal parts funky and functional. Whether you're on the hunt for every day New Balance sneakers or architectural high-heel boots, they'll reel you in and one up your expectations with near-infinite colourways and price points. Plus, their seasonal markdowns are unreal. More »
No doubt one of the most popular shoe stores, Get Outside is the go-to for staple brands of any variety; they've got Toms, Vans, Birkenstocks, Sperrys, Timberlands, Hunters... the list goes on and on. So if you're looking to stock up on universally trusted footwear, Get Outside has all your bases covered. More »
John Fluevog's been in business for over thirty years, and it shows. Their notoriously unconventional aesthetic reinvents itself season after season, but they always stay true to their roots. They've expanded to two stores in Toronto earlier this year, the newest of which in the Distillery District, offers custom dyeing, buffing, and distressing on their bizarrely shaped leather shoes. More »
Balisi has four Toronto stores, each teeming with unique and comfortable styles by Tsubo, Melissa, Zinda, and way more. Plus, they've got a great selection of women's clothing to get along just dandily with those new wedges. More »
As a shop owned and operated by Cathryn Dajka, who owns Frock just down the street, it's no surprise Imelda's got an impressive stock of sweet treats for your feet whether you're a guy or gal. Her mission is to offer shoes that are both comfortable and sensible without looking like clunky, orthopaedic blobs, and I would say she's mastered that art completely. More »
C Squared is the stockist for practical shoe brand extraordinaire Camper (especially since they've dedicated the entire back wall to it), but they've also got other tricks up their sleeve. As one of the more spacious footwear shops on Queen Street West, C-Squared has room for everything from the common brogue to the crazy printed ballet slipper. More »
Chocolate Shoes shares a space with Durumi Apparel, and though they're two very distinct retailers, they live together quite harmoniously. Most of their stock comes straight from Korea, so their footwear is both progressive and affordable - two things any fashion-savvy lady holds in high regard! More »
Nobody in the city does men's footwear quite like Leatherfoot. The Yorkville boutique is curated - just like a museum - to display their immaculate leather shoes, which are available in standard sizing or through made-to-order and bespoke services. This means the price points are steep, but the quality (and longevity) makes it worth the extra spend. More »
Though the space itself is quite minimal, Brodawka and Friends' shoe collections are far from it. Every piece is designed by owner Jeff and meticulously crafted in Mexico using eccentric colours, intricate details, and multiple types of leather... all in just one pair! More »
Madison Shoes is the shining beacon of shiny beacons. The all-white space and copious patent leathers beam with luxury, but the price points are actually pretty modest. With a collection comprised of Nine West, Rachel Roy, Anne Klein, and more, it's your one-stop shop for all things girly and gleaming. More »