A recent survey by Glamour magazine found the average woman spends $25,000 on shoes in her lifetime. This figure is surprisingly low to Orange County shoe connoisseurs. A single shoe excursion at Fashion Island costs well into the thousands with a killer pair of Louboutin pumps running more than $1,500 and Tory Burch sandals starting at $275. Despite the associated costs, it’s evident that women covet their shoes, relish the search for the perfect pair, and show no signs of stopping. That being said, strut on over to Orange County’s favorite shoe retailers and fulfill every shoe desire. Just try not to drool on the stilettos.
Maybe Mr. Louboutin designed his signature red soles for sashaying down the red carpet, as these heels are most desired by celebrities. Everyone from Angelina Jolie to Madonna, and even the fab four ladies from Sex and The City are devoted to this sleek, sexy, and seductive shoe. The classic Louboutin has a five-inch heel that elongates the legs while creating an extra arch in the back. Louboutin’s couture shoes include everything from double-platform pumps to Swarovski-studded peep toes.
Christian Louboutin is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Christian Louboutin is located at 3333 Bristol St., Suite 3010, Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.754.9200
It’s nearly impossible to leave this boutique empty handed. The celebrated line known for classic heels with a fashionable twist also carries an impressive selection of sandals, flats, and purses. For those prepping for a shoe-shopping marathon worthy of Imelda Marcos, the end of the month is ideal in terms of stock and various shoe sizes.
Jimmy Choo is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Jimmy Choo is located at 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1207, Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.327.0644
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when browsing the selection at the CO-OP. This shoe cornucopia provides options for every foot fetish. The Alexander Wang Polina ankle boot is perfect for rocker gals and the Loeffler Randall Leopard Louise is destined to be an autumn must-have. Their fastest selling shoe for fall? CO-OP’s own layered ankle boot in Bordeaux.
CO-OP Barneys is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. CO-OP is located at 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1224, Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.641.0072
The aptly named Intermix is perfect for those divas wanting something more dramatic than a classic kitten heel or dainty flat. Designers including Elizabeth and James, Jean-Michel Cazabat, and Guiseppe Zanotti provide an impressive selection of edgier styles. A generous collection of Brian Atwood pumps and Chloe boots are also on-hand for those wanting something less outrageous.
Intermix is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Intermix is located at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.754.7895
All of Newport Beach and half of Orange County would turn up their noses if Neiman Marcus wasn’t featured in the shoe round up. This mainstay department store is known for a seemingly endless shoe selection. Pining for the Stuart Weitzman Lace-Up Over-The-Knee boot? They carry it in black and brown. Trying to locate the exclusive YSL platform sandal? Neiman Marcus just received a new shipment.
Neiman Marcus is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Neiman Marcus is located at 601 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, Calif., 949.759.1900.