As Cinderella showed us, a new pair of shoes can change your life. Ladies and gentlemen, step this way to shop the latest well-heeled looks.
Have you been hankering for a pair of this Frenchman’s red-soled shoes? Then make a date to visit Melbourne’s own Christian Louboutin boutique, where red-carpet-ready shoes beckon, from spike heels to men’s Oxfords, loafers and sneakers. Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes – someone else like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
A temple of fancy female footwear since it was established in 1965, Miss Louise is your go-to for bold and beautiful international brands. From Valentino kitten heels and towering Versace stiletto sandals to Nina Ricci ankle boots and Alexander McQueen sneakers, it’s not for shopping on a shoestring. But if it’s time to treat yourself…
Experience European style along the Paris end of Collins street at Peter Sheppard, one of many chic boutiques at 271 Collins Street. Heels, boots, sandals and more from designers across the globe adorn the shelves for a stylish display of top quality toe-tappers.
Ladies put a spring in your step with some retail therapy at Zomp, stocking in-house designs and emerging labels like Officine Creative and Lokas. From hot heels and pretty pumps to sassy sneakers and beautiful boots, your next perfect pair of shoes await.
As every high-end-sneaker collector knows, shoe lust isn’t limited to killer heels. Sneakerboy offers the coolest new kicks for guys and girls from around the world, by brands including Prada, Dior and Balenciaga. Of course, there are also limited editions from classic sneaker peeps like Nike and New Balance. So whether you want to look sharp on the track or add Gucci bling to your street style, they’ve got it covered.
Gorgeous shoes aren’t always designed somewhere else. After an international career working with the likes of Net a Porter and Sass & Bide, Melbourne designer Annie Abbott went solo in 2010. Starting out in a St Kilda backyard shed, Habbot is now a must-have women’s footwear brand with a shop in Royal Arcade. Annie’s creations brilliantly balance bold style and finish (including colourful, iridescent, glittery and animal-print looks) with comfort.
Brendan Dwyer Custom
One of the Nicholas Building’s legends, Brendan Dwyer Custom is the whispered byword for bespoke footwear in Melbourne. Step inside his old-fashioned studio, get measured up and start talking. Shoes or boots? Classic or contemporary? Which colour, materials and details? With Brendan’s guidance and traditional shoemaking skills, you’re in good hands.
Bally on Collins
Bally is one of the growing parade of long-established luxury brands lined up at the Paris End of Collins Street. Their finely crafted footwear stands out for its details. Think gentlemen’s dress shoes with monk-strap closures, and bejewelled buckles on ladies’ heels. Step up to Bally on Collins for classic-meets-contemporary elegance from Switzerland.
It’s cheesy but true – you’ll be a happy camper walking around in the comfy yet chic shoes made by this beloved Spanish brand. Camper’s contemporary smart-casual range includes iconic Beetles and Pelotas, and the Twin line, which brings clever non-identical style to everything from sandals to boots. They have what everyone wants to wear, including cool school shoes and ballet-inspired flats for kids.