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6 at Spring St.; N, R at Prince St.
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Offering practical, handmade shoes since 1979, this family-owned company is a testament to the staying power of simple soles. The store stocks the casual Jenny B. line as well as its dressier in-house brand, Varda, both crafted from Italian leather and built for comfort. With 150-odd styles for men and women and three exclusive Varda stores scattered through the city, the brand has earned a devoted following among those craving classic, walkable shoes. Women’s styles include second-skin loafers, work pumps, and thimble-heeled sandals, while the men’s section displays Oxfords, topsiders, and boots built in Goodyear fashion, with all-leather, foot-forming soles. Specializing in wider cuts and hard-to-find sizes like a women’s four and men’s six, the company accepts custom orders at a price, usually upwards of $300. Even the inclusive clan of women’s boots—spanning from flat, riding types to leopard-printed suede—can be sewn to fit a larger calf.Sales