Nothing beats too-hot weather like the thrill of shoe shopping, are we right, ladies? Whether you’re shopping for him or for yourself (and let’s face it, we’re always shopping for ourselves), here’s your guide to the Haute 5 shoe stores around Phoenix. Now beat that heat.
HighPoint is a streetwear boutique located across the street from Scottsdale Fashion Square. It carries high-end streetwear and a whole lot of hip men’s shoes. Serious collectors come here for the best of the best when it comes to picking up coveted and hard-to-find brands, such as BBC, Ice Cream, Acapulco Gold, Black Scale, Mighty Healthy, Play Cloths, Benny Gold, Huf and Nike Quickstrike. The shop itself is pretty cool and trendy, with dramatic lighting and white counters and shoe racks, making for a chic shopping experience to snag new duds.
HighPoint Shoes is located at The Scottsdale Waterfront at 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 175, in Scottsdale 480.949.0500
A brand with beginnings in South Africa, Socrati is an upscale boutique carrying men’s and women’s shoes and accessories sourced from Italy, Spain, Greece and Brazil. All the products are made with high-quality materials and well-crafted, made from genuine leather yet sold at very reasonably prices. The boutique has a good mix of both high-brow and casual pairs, so whether you’re looking for something attention-grabbing or just shoes that are well made, comfortable and will last years, this is the place.
Socrati is located in Scottsdale Fashion Square at 7014 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale 480.990.1717
Claiming to take its inspiration from the streets of New York City, Covet stocks urban contemporary streetwear, premium denim and sensational footwear for men and women. This summer, women’s favorites include sandals by Nuala and too-cute-to-be-true casual heels by Swear. Covet prides itself on discovering shoes by up-and-comers and the best emerging talent in the industry. Pick up a pair of shoes here, as well as an entire ensemble, complete with belt, handbag and other accessories for a brand-new, all-coordinating look.
Covet is located at 4234 N. Craftsman Court, Studio 1, in Scottsdale 480.949.3000
Rangoni Firenze Shoes
Arizona is very proud and happy to be one of only nine states in the U.S. to be home to a Rangoni Firenze Shoes shop, as the brand, established in the 1930s, has long had a reputation for extremely detailed work, even providing shoes for such haute couture brands as Christian Dior. From the company’s humble cobbler beginnings comes a brand whose shoes still come in a variety of fine leathers, with every store equipped with a workbench so that minor adjustments can be made if needed. For exceptional service and staff with an encyclopedic knowledge of shoe terminology, check out Rangoni Firenze Shoes.
Rangoni Firenze Shoes is located in Scottsdale Fashion Square at 7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1204 in Scottsdale 480.947.0388
OK, so it’s a little more of a department store in size, rather than a boutique, but there’s no denying the finds you can score at E&J’s. The store carries a jaw-dropping 15,000 to 20,000 pairs of shoes, all by well-known brands and designers, with a couture pair here and there. We’ll be honest, what ladies will find here can be hit and miss if you’re in search of something specific, but we guarantee you’ll find at least one fashionable pair you can’t leave without. Peruse dress, evening, casual, athletic and comfort styles within the 10,000-square-foot store, with pairs stocked according to style and then by size. Sizes range from 5 to 13, and those who require “narrows” will find them displayed separately so they can be easily spotted.
E&J’s has two locations in the Valley, see their site for contact information