Atlanta’s Best Shoe Stores


Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

Coggins Shoes for Kids
When their toes need some more wiggle room, herd the small fry to this recently remodeled shop, a Marietta mainstay since 1925. With a big selection of both sought-after brands (Hanna Andersson, Tsukihoshi) and standbys (Keds, Stride Rite), parents can outfit even the pickiest kid in a single visit. A price-matching policy plus a large clearance section keep purchases budget-friendly. 2211 Roswell Road, Marietta,

Saks Fifth Avenue
Recently renovated and expanded, the ladies shoe salon at Saks strikes the right balance between curation and selection. Find all sorts of office- and event-worthy styles: staples like nude leather pumps to flamboyant knee-high suede Prada boots and studded sneakers from Christian Louboutin. Exclusives include celeb favorite London-based line Malone Souliers. Phipps Plaza,

West Stride
Behind every good runner is a great shoe, and the team at West Stride will make certain you end up in the right pair. After evaluating your gait, staffers bring out options best suited for you. The sales team has expert knowledge of the products and can explain in detail why a shoe will or won’t work. (Who knew that a certain type of lacing could help with circulation?) The store also hosts free group runs every Wednesday. 3517 Northside Parkway,

The Frye Company
Ponce City Market’s new Frye outpost, the 152-year-old brand’s eighth stand-alone store in the U.S., smells like a well-oiled tack shop. At 5,000 square feet, you can browse all the classics for him and her, from the utilitarian Harness to the preppy Campus, as well as dozens of harder-to-find styles and colors (like banana and pink). Sneakers, ballet flats, and bags are also pretty handsome. 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue,

Cobbler Union
Daniel Porcelli changed the men’s footwear game last year when he launched Atlanta-based Cobbler Union, named in honor of the craftspeople in Spain who hand-construct the modern, European-style lace-ups, boots, and moccasins. The shoes are luxury quality but go for a fraction of the price of designer pairs, starting at $195. Look for a small collection of women’s shoes by next month. 312 North Highland Avenue, cobbler­

Head downstairs at this luxe Little Five Points streetwear shop to the “shoe library” and find retro Air Jordans, fashion-forward pieces by Comme des Garçons, and plenty of average-guy Vans. Atlanta sneakerheads line around the block when a big-name shoe drops, but shoppers can enter a raffle to purchase some pairs, like the Adidas Originals Yeezy 350. 447 Moreland Avenue,

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This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.