The revamping of the ladies-only footware space is being unveiled in phases, but as of Labor Day, it’s officially the world’s largest, spanning a whopping 63,000 square feet. Salespeople now use iPads to check the availability of some 300,000 pairs, and there’s a new 45-seat in-salon café serving Moët & Chandon Champagne and Vosges chocolate. A luxury wing is due in November. 151 W. 34th St., at Broadway; 212-695-4400.
Saks Fifth Avenue
When it reopened in late August, the only ladies’ shoe floor with its own Zip Code grew by another 10,000 square feet (to 32,150); it now beckons shoppers with an updated contemporary department stocking brands like Alejandro Ingelmo and Rachel Comey. The tour de force, however, will be the Peter Marino–designed Louis Vuitton salon opening September 17 and housing the brand’s expansive collection of Italian-made shoes, plus a Saks-exclusive stiletto smothered in shiny Lurex thread. 611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St.; 212-753-4000.
Barneys New York
After years on separate floors, men’s and women’s shoes now commingle in a new 22,000-square-foot marble-heavy shoe salon designed by Yabu Pushelberg. For men, there are office-to-evening exclusives from Sergio Rossi, Prada, and Church’s. For women, Balenciaga and Givenchy footwear spiky enough to slay Fashion Week’s whole front row—or at least your bank account.