F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
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This Lower East Side vintage shop specializes in shoes, from basic black leather pumps to funky, low-heeled oxfords and slouchy boots. Owner Sara Daha comes with credentials as the co-founder of the now-defunct vintage shop Edith and Daha. (The two split in 2006, and Edith now owns similarly shoe-savvy shop Edith Machinist a block away.) The well-preserved wares are organized by size from 5 ˝ to 10 around the perimeter of the floor, with knee-high boots stacked on shelves and an overflow of heels covering low, round tables up front. Daha scouts her shoes from various secretive sources scattered throughout the country, scoring brands like Maud Frizon, Bandolino, and Nina, including a relatively broad assortment of larger sizes. Small leather shoulder bags and totes hang on wall hooks near the entranceway, and larger overnight bags rest on the floor. Two racks of rayon dresses, delicate lace slips, colorful blouses from labels like Diane Von Furstenberg and Emilio Pucci, and leather jackets span the forties to the eighties. Near the entryway, large jeweled brooches, enameled bracelets, and gemstone-decked rings pack glass cases.