- The Little Shoe Store
58 Orchard St., nr. Grand St.; 212-966-2676
Before the arrival of this downtown boutique, New York’s small-footed women were forced to troll online retailers or go treasure hunting in the kids’ section of department stores. This appropriately diminutive space sells about 500 styles in sizes 1 to 6. Alongside a bounty of vintage shoes ($10 to $200) and deadstock by Joseph LaRose (a favorite of Joan Crawford and Jackie Kennedy), expect Italian leather flats, pony-skin heels, and customizable creations by in-house label the Odd Slipper ($60 to $300).
Best Niche Shoe Mecca
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).