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1. Dobeln, Saxony
This “Boot City” of just 20,000 people actually has the world’s largest boot, at 4.6 meters tall! That’s how much this city worships the shoe. Dobeln also conducts the annual Boot festival, where you can see people wearing fabulous shoes of every make, and watch a lucky person crowned the Boot King. No shoe lover should give this city a miss, with its obvious footwear obsession and love of shoes.
2. New York
Any fashionista worth her salt will tell you that New York is the fashion capital of the world and comes only next to Paris in the scheme of things. You’ll find the top shoe designers firmly based at New York, including the famous Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine and several other top labels. You can find everything in this city: handmade brogues at a vintage thrift shop, the most expensive shoes ever made, and midrange excellent footwear at malls.
3. Buenos Aires
Whatever is your shoe budget – a Gap or Pierre Hardy shoe, or something handmade by local craftspeople on the little lanes, this is the place to visit. Designers feel that Buenos Aires being the shoe-lover’s city that it is, probably the next year’s footwear trends are actually born here.
Who could go wrong when it comes to buying shoes in Paris? All the top shoe designers of the world have shops in Paris, including Italian designers such as Salvatore Ferragamo, TODs and Bellini. Parisians also wear sneakers and you’ll find that Adidas, Puma and Nike each have their own establishments in Paris. Paris is also a great place to get your own customized, handmade shoes made by budding young designers and traditional shoemakers, though it’ll cost you a lot more in Paris than in a little town in Italy.
Mumbai is the shoe capital of India. Here you’ll find not only fabulous midrange designer shoes (not all top designer labels are represented in India yet), but also a range of handmade, creative shoe art. Whether you want an ornately designed party shoe by a leading wedding trousseau designer, or an imported shoe, Mumbai is the place for you. For just a few dollars, you can pick up genuine leather, handmade work of art in the Kolhapuri style, dyed to match your clothing.
Milan was the world fashion capital, taken over by Paris and New York in recent times. Milan houses some of the top fashion labels such as Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada to name a few. It’s also possible to get yourself a superbly crafted, Italian make shoes in Milan. Wander through the streets of Milan’s prestigious Via Montenapoleone for the most elegant shoes in the world.
Till 1953, Florence was considered the home of Italian fashion. Florence is the home of the celebrated clothing and shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo. Florence is also a main capital for Italy’s fashion prima donnas such as Gucci, Prada and Roberto Cavalli. Chanel also has a large presence in this city. Take a walk down the Via de’ Tornabuoni and enjoy browsing through elegant, highscale boutiques for shoes.
Rome does not configure prominent as Milan does when it comes to fashion, but Rome is a definite shoe lover’s paradise. You’ll find stores by Brioni, Bulgari, Fendi, Laura Biagiotti and others in Rome, selling top of the line shoes. Not to be outdone are Prada, Chanel, Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, all of whom have luxury boutiques in Rome. Take a walk down the prestigious Via dei Condotti to see all the fabulous shoes on display.
9. Leon City, Mexico
Leon City is Mexico has a unique tale. Erstwhile mine workers took up shoe making after the gold rush was over, making exotic and wearable shoes. Leon is a handmade shoe and shoe art paradise for the true shoe lover, known as the “Shoe Capital of the World”. You’ll find many factories that produce all kinds of shoes, and plenty of Mexican designers whose shoe designs compete with the very best out there.
If you cannot find a pair of shoes you want in London, then you cannot find it anywhere. Kurt Geiger is a designer that brings cheaper shoe brands to the public such as Carvela and KG. Visit the Lollipop shoe boudoir for a whacky, create range of shoes to fit anyone’s pocket. You’ll find well known, new and upcoming designers featured in all these boutiques, from Chanel to Beatrix Ong and Lulu Guinness.