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Sole Travel: 14 Spots For Great Shoes

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There's something to be said for that old adage, "don't judge someone 'til you've walked a mile in his shoes." Whether designed for function, fashion or both, footwear inherently speaks to the culture of a place and the personality of a wearer. Shoes are also the ultimate travel essential, sticking with you wherever your travels may take you! No matter what you look for in a pair, these 14 destinations offer the style, support and pizazz to get you there.
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Rue de Grenelle, Paris, France
The famous Golden Triangle of Paris is on the Right Bank, just off the Champs Elysées, but the lesser known, much more important golden triangle of shoes is on the Left Bank, beginning as the corner of the rue d'Assas and the rue du Cherche Midi....
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350 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8, Canada
Jennifer MacKay’s clothing boutique is the go-to store for fashionable locals, who know they’ll find pieces exclusively in her shop. I have a weakness for the shoes. (604) 685-8885. As told to Rhonda May. This appeared in the September, 2012...
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R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal
Vintage is hot now in Lisbon, with a few shops opening in the last year selling only quality vintage Portuguese consumer products, which is quite an achievement from my reckoning. These new shops have in them another kind of memories than the ones...
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111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Walking on Blvd Beaumarchais, you can find some real Parisian gems. One of them is Merci, a well known chic, ethnic concept store, hidden at the back of a courtyard in number 111 of the Boulevard. At the entrance to the store, there is an old red...
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Avenue du Président Kennedy, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Walking in one of Marakesh's many markets I couldn't stop to think about what shade of red I should get. My travelling campaign had no such poroblems. She simply chose pink.
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Via del Babuino, 81, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
This is one of my favorite boutiques in Rome. The owners handpick and curate designers from all over the world. I also go here for shoes designed by Ernesto Esposito. Made by Neapolitan craftsmen, they look like princess shoes but feel like...
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Quietly nestled in the heart of Tribeca, shoe designer Matt Bernson sets up shop. Before opening his own boutique, Bernson used to design footwear for Urban Outfitters, Scoop and Madewell so expect similar styles from his solo line. The store's...
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Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 17, 1024 Hungary
Browse work by local Hungarian designers at WAMP, themonthly outdoor arts and crafts market. Find colorful shoes byAgnes Lukacs (pictured); women’s clothing with bright, geometricpatterns by Zagabo; and Ildikó Göntér’s accessories made from...
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Delft, Netherlands
I have a strong Dutch heritage and spending a week in the Netherlands with friends was the perfect time to explore some of my roots. It was in the small town of Delft that I ran into a statue of my 14th great-grandfather, Hugo Grotius (Hugh...
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1300 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
It was by accident that I found Al's, while trying to find parking for an event in North Beach. It immediately stole my heart with their window display of vintage inspired, hand made shoes and clothing and I'm so glad that I went in. The fact that...
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Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
Anyone who has been to Brazil knows that the country has fantastic open-air markets, known as "feiras" in Portuguese. They often feature a combination of handicrafts, antiques, live music, dancing, and street food. The market on Saturdays at Praça...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Bootleg Airstream is the first of its kind—it's a shoe store in an Airstream trailer. Launched in spring 2013, the vintage trailer is the brand showroom of Bootleg Market, an online marketplace where people can buy, sell or swap high-fashion...
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Corso Antonio Fogazzaro, 6, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy
I really think that Vicenza is a very elegant town: not too obvious, sober, maybe even too moderate. I would say that it has a classic and quiet style. Not for hipsters, I guess, but charming and tasteful anyway. Just like its shops. Along the...
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1435 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6, Canada
Victoria's historic downtown is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Next to the picturesque harbour, it's crammed with great places to eat and drink as well as great shops. My favourite downtown streets for shopping are Broad, lower Fort,...