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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, 1200-445 Lisboa, Portugal
Lisbon’s most exciting shopping experience awaits at A Vida Portuguesa, a boutique that has single-handedly resurrected some of the country’s most iconic products. The selection ranges from retro soaps with Art Deco labels to artisan...
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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, 185, 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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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, 05413, 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...