It's boot season! And heel season and flat season and ... In other words, it's time to go shoe shopping for everything you'll need for this fall and winter. Look to any of these stores for shoes that will carry you through the season and beyond - and keep an eye out for the grand openings of two fabulous designers that will have stores by year-end!
Aldo - Multiple locations
Up-to-the-minute styles at prices that won't break the bank - that's why this Canadian company has become a global colossus. And it lets us fill up the shoe closet even more!
Jimmy Choo - 407 Bleecker Street - 716 Madison Avenue - 645 Fifth Avenue
Luxurious, glamorous and practical: Jimmy Choos are Italian-made, sexy and shoes you can actually live and work in - and I do!
Nicholas Kirkwood - 807 Washington Street
Kirkwood's highly sculptural footwear (even his flats) reflects his early education in fine art, while his use of exotic materials including python and shaved stingray (!!) makes them something special.
Christian Louboutin - Multiple locations
The most recognizable soles in the world come from here, making a pair of Louboutins a sure sign that you've achieved success. But also note the striking use of color, and designs that are contemporary and timeless.
Charlotte Olympia - 22 East 65th Street
Want to feel as though you're living in the Golden Age of Hollywood? Charlotte Olympia's shoes are inspired by the glamour of the 1940s and 1950s, and often decorated with spider webs (look at the soles), a nod to her favorite childhood book, Charlotte's Web.
Schutz - 655 Madison Avenue
No, that's not an art showroom - it's a shoe store. Schutz offers innovative footwear design with a touch of Brazilian fun and flair, presented in a gallery-like setting.
Roger Vivier - 750 Madison Avenue
Beginning with the heyday of Josephine Baker in the 1930s and still shoemaker and stylist to royalty, the Vivier line is pure forward-looking European style.
Stuart Weitzman - Multiple locations
New York's gift to luxury footwear, Weitzman creates shoes that are made for city life - wearable (even the heels), fashionable, and a great investment in your style.
Maud Frizon - 422 West Broadway
She's back! Opening any minute in Soho, this icon of the 1970s and 1980s returns to the United States with her distinctive French whimsy. Shoes have never been so fun!
Louis Leeman - 793 Madison Avenue
Inspired by the bespoke fashions of Savile Row, these Italian handcrafted shoes for men are classic, modern, and not for the ultra-conservative. A true style statement.