Boston is the shoe capital of the United States. Major brands like New Balance, Puma and Converse are all headquartered here. However, most of the brands that have their roots in Boston are casual sneaker or athletic shoe companies, leaving Bostonians confused when it comes to dressing up. After all, we are a more casual bunch at heart. Though Boston isn’t the most fashion-forward city around, there are a few dress shoe boutiques that keep everyone ahead of the trends and looking their best. Make sure to visit these top shoe spots before any job interview, event or business meeting. They will have you outfitted in something sleek and comfortable in no time.
236 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
One of the North End’s only apparel boutiques, Lit is a great spot to check for party dresses, trendy jewelry and shoes! They carry a highly curated selection of the season’s top trends. From glitzy heels to office appropriate booties, Lit Boutique has the shoes to take any woman’s outfit to the next level of style. Make sure to also check out last season’s items on the back shelf for great last chance deals.
Ball and Buck
144-B Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Men of all ages will appreciate the style, quality and craftsmanship of all of the offerings at Ball and Buck, and their selection of shoes is no exception. All of the boutique’s wares are American-made, so purchasing dress shoes here is more than just a style choice, it also helps boost the domestic economy and support area makers. Ball and Buck has a variety of loafers, boat shoes and hiking boots for all business casual needs.
1771 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Sudo Shoes in Cambridge is a top stop for ethical shoppers because they only sell vegan shoes. But even leather lovers will appreciate the great variety of men’s and women’s styles at Sudo. They carry everything from dress shoes and loafers to hiking boots and sandals. Sudo is the perfect option for environmentally conscious, vegetarian or socially aware shoppers.
51 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Like Lit Boutique, Moxie is a small neighborhood shop. Located on Charles street, Moxie carries great brands of dress shoes including Tory Burch, Cole Haan, Kate Spade and Vince Camuto. Moxie may be a small shop, but they specialize in fabulous shoes and handbags and are a great way to “shop local” when you need the perfect pair of heels. Plus, their Beacon Hill location makes them a great spot to stop during an afternoon of boutiquing because they are right next to lots of other Boston favorites like Flat of the Hill, Follain and Crush Boutique!
711 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
The Tannery is one of Boston’s largest independently owned shoe stores. With locations on Boylston Street and in Harvard Square, it is convenient to add The Tannery to any shopping trip. The Tannery carries top name brands, including high-end designers. With so many choices, the Tannery is the perfect place for choosy shoppers to start. Though they are best known in the area for carrying Frye boots, The Tannery also sells dress shoes for men an women, so make sure to make a visit before the next big event.
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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.