Whether you're indulging your inner Carrie Bradshaw's need for Manolo Blahnik or looking for your sneaker holy grail, Los Angeles has a shoe store for you. Here's a rundown of where to find the pumps, loafers, trainers, wedges, slingbacks, flats and everything in between to satisfy anyone's retifism.
When you want something easy -- say a new pair of pumps or loafers to wear to work, an affordable pair of riding boots to go with a new pair of skinny jeans, or a selection of sneakers that are meant more for aerobics class than as a fashion statement -- there's Off Broadway Shoes. They may not always have designer labels, but they also don't have the price tags that come with said labels. The behemoth location in Hollywood is a convenient shopping trip, in part because of its giant parking lot and late hours (it's open until 10 p.m. daily). 6920 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 962-0332, www.offbroadwayshoes.com.
Because every girl needs a sexy pair of heels, there's Lush on Studio City's main Ventura Boulevard shopping drag. The sister store to Melrose Avenue's XTC, this is the place to find funky designer brands like Jeffrey Campbell and L.A.M.B., as well as their own XTC brand. Prices can be high, especially if you're not the type to wear these styles every day, but the store has a decent end-of-season sale. 12188 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 752-9018, www.xtcshoes.com.