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The Best Shoe Stores in Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / September 18, 2013

shoe stores TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Sneaker Shops in Toronto
7 stores to find unconventional footwear in Toronto
5 Places to shop for shoes on Queen St.

Gravitypope

Gravitypope

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 »

Heel Boy

Heel Boy

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 »

Get Outside

Get Outside

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

John Fluevog

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 »

Imelda

Imelda

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

C Squared

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 »

Durumi & Chocolate

Durumi & Chocolate

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 »

Leatherfoot

Leatherfoot

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 »

Brodawka and Friends

Brodawka and Friends

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

Madison Shoes

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 »

Shoe Floor at Hudson's Bay

Shoe Floor at Hudson's Bay

As the largest footwear boutique in Canada, the shoe store at the Hudson's Bay downtown flagship couldn't escape a mention. Its whopping 50,000 square feet holds everything from Sketchers to Louboutins, hence there's definitely something for everybody. More »

Discussion

30 Comments

alias / September 18, 2013 at 03:43 pm
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For men in the high end category but not as "clean" as leatherfoot, Sydney's has Guidi, M.A.+, Avialae; and Serpentine has Guidi and a1923.
Kathy / September 18, 2013 at 03:48 pm
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Madison is still open? I thought it closed down!? Loved this store...
marty / September 18, 2013 at 04:34 pm
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I think you forgot Aldo??
Alex replying to a comment from marty / September 18, 2013 at 04:36 pm
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Oh, yes! More "made in China" crap. Just what everyone needs!
no kiddin / September 18, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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8 stores all within a 6 block stretch on Queen St?

Thats the extent of shoe shopping in this city?
SW / September 18, 2013 at 05:50 pm
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The shoe floor at Hudson's Bay is amazing... Also has the best sales. Hello, 90% off shoes from The Room? Yes please!
Ruth / September 18, 2013 at 05:54 pm
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Harry Young on Front St. Knowledgable staff, great shoes!
easy / September 18, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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Payless !!!

BOGO.
kevin / September 18, 2013 at 06:21 pm
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Surprised HR and Davids are MIA. What about Specchio?
cathy / September 19, 2013 at 10:35 am
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I would like to know the best store for a woman with wide size 10 feet who also wears orthotics, lol. Shoe shopping usually makes me want to cry.
rob / September 19, 2013 at 11:20 am
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i like how this page indicates that gravity pope is edmonton-based, while the linked-to sneaker page says they're from vancouver.
GeoToronto / September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am
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Hey! where's http://www.fluevog.com/files_2/stores/jf_stores_toronto.html
Alex replying to a comment from GeoToronto / September 19, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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It's the 4th one listed. Locations on Queen W and the Distillery district. But you knew that, didn't you, you over-zealous son of a gun!
GeoToronto replying to a comment from Alex / September 20, 2013 at 07:40 am
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Time to go to the eye doctor for some more laser treatments...
TJ / September 20, 2013 at 11:38 am
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What is "best"? Quality? Selection? Price? Brand/History? Style? Comfort? Combinations of all of the above?
Silly list. I have a problem with paying $400 for a pair of shoes with a "brand name" I have never heard of and 99.9% of the population hasn't heard of or made in China/Vietnam or any other developing country or just mediocre quality in general. That is what a lot of store on this list seems to offer.
Yvonne / September 23, 2013 at 01:58 am
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you are all crazy!!! Aldo and Payless are the best for price and quality!!! Yvonne says so bitches!!
Dam replying to a comment from cathy / September 23, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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cathy miller shoes in hamilton specializes in hard to fit feet, especially for those who need orthotics
Shoegal / October 1, 2013 at 04:43 pm
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How can this list not include DAVIDS, HR and Harry Rosen!!! The author should look past Queen Street.
James / October 2, 2013 at 04:25 pm
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Where for art thou DSW?
Fiona / October 3, 2013 at 10:18 am
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Hi BlogTO,
Try doing a little fact checking before compiling the same old lists. Imelda on Roncesvalles has had a new owner for over a year. Cathryn owns Frock, Amee owns Imelda. Both shops are amazing!
NativeTorontonianAl / October 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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Just don't become an "Imelda" if you know what I mean!
nike ランニングシューズ 上品 / October 26, 2013 at 06:26 am
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Now I am going to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast
coming yet again to read further news.
forum.gbca.org / October 31, 2013 at 12:49 am
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Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too.
This kind of clever work and coverage! Keep up the awesome works guys I've included you guys to blogroll.
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Linda replying to a comment from cathy / November 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Miller Shoes in Hamilton is great for hard to fit, specialty sizing.
Katy / November 10, 2013 at 02:30 pm
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Watch out for Gravity Pope's customer service. My boyfriend bought a pair of $550 Trippen boots (after tax price), wore them inside for a few hours the very next day, and noticed a defect (the sole splitting apart). He called them immediately. The manager said she would have to call their cobbler to look at the shoes to confirm it was a defect and not his fault, despite him having owned them for less than 48 hours. When he took them in, they were unapologetic, but did end up ordering him a new pair from their Edmonton store. He loves these boots, but will buy his next pair somewhere else.
selena lobban (@selenalobban) replying to a comment from no kiddin / February 13, 2014 at 07:08 pm
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Carly / April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am
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Chocolate Shoes on Queen West carry great shoes - however, I was saddened to learn that they only carry up to a size 8 in women's footwear. With size 9 1/2 feet, I was unable to buy the shoes I'd been drooling over. Thankfully, I also loved Durumi's jewelry, so I was still able to stock up on some great (and affordable) staples.

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