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Finally, There's a Good Place to Shop for Shoes

Meet The Shoe Box.

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A retail wall in The Shoe Box Fifth Avenue location. Photo: The Shoe Box

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When you’re in need of a sweater or a good pair of jeans, you can confidently walk into dozens of different stores and find a wide range of brands, styles, and prices. But for shoes? There really aren’t many physical places to pop into besides department stores, where the selections are predictable. Not to mention that the interactions with sales associates can often leave even someone like me — who makes a living writing about shopping and fashion — feel like they know nothing about what’s on display.

So what are you to do if you hate all of that, but still love the idea of shopping as an experience?

Now, there’s The Shoe Box, a family-owned and -operated store and e-commerce boutique looking to fill the space for multi-brand shoe shopping. (Fun fact: It originally opened in the ‘50s, but is getting a new life via a relaunch this year.)

The company’s approach is rooted in its commitment to excellent customer service and a solid shoe selection that’s thoughtfully curated by co-owners (and brothers) Blake and Sean Kirschenbaum.

Along with their team, the pair make most of the company’s buying decisions based on customer suggestion, interest, and input. The strategy makes for a wide range of brands, from global designers like Giuseppe Zanotti, Casadei, and Stuart Weitzman, to smaller brands like Loeffler Randall and Ash. The company also launched its own in-house brand with a full assortment of styles that start at $195 and peak at $475.

Most of what you’ll find in-store can be found 24/7 on the e-commerce site, but if you’re looking to try something on IRL, the company now has five locations throughout the Long Island and New York City area, with one additional store in Boca Raton, Florida.

Black Loeffler Randall heel with fur. Loeffler Randall Nicolette Sandal, $450
Blue suede moto boots with gold buckles. The Shoe Box Suede Moto Booties, $375
A pair of pointed toe black Marc Fisher ankle boots. Marc Fisher Yale Boots, $180
Gold glitter mary jane styled pump with two buckles. No.21 Galaxy Glitter Pump, $805
Proenza Schouler Grommet Loafer, $728
A pair of leopard print block-heeled boots. Kennel & Schmenger Leopard Boot, $750
Black glove flats. Vince Maxwell Flats, $225
Maroon pair of strappy Stuart Weitzman heels. Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude Heels, $398