The 10 Best Shoe Stores in California!

When it comes to shoes, the personalized service of a local store can’t be beat. Whether you love having the latest kicks, need a special size or want to get fitted for running shoes, California has you covered. From exclusive small chains to unique one-of-a-kind boutiques and art gallery-style shoe palaces, you can find a variety of shoes stores for the whole family. Check out some of the best bets for finding great shoes in California.

1. Cinderella of Boston, Westminster, CA

Tiny feet? No problem. For decades, Orange County’s Cinderella of Boston has been creating fashionable shoes in small sizes. Adorable high heels, comfy boots, walkable flats, sandals and more can be found at the shoe store and online.

2. Elias Shoes, Murrieta, CA

Elias Shoes is a family-run footwear store with a wide selection of shoes for men, women, and children as well as footwear accessories like socks. The staff ensures that you know exactly what you’re buying and the best shoe choices for your needs. The store specializes in comfort footwear but many of the shoes are much more stylish than the category typically suggests.

3. XTC Shoes, Studio City, CA

Have you ever wondered where your favorite stars and magazines find those amazing designer shoes? Chances are, it’s at XTC. XTC specializes in high-end designer footwear that includes its own label, XTC, as well as LAMB, Jeffrey Campbell, and others. You can order custom shoes or choose from the sky-high designs in the shop or online. 

4. Vamp, Los Angeles, CA

Vamp is a beautiful and brightly lit women’s shoe and accessory store in LA’s trendy Los Feliz neighborhood. Shoes are available in a range of styles from comfortable espadrilles to sensible heels and boots as well as flats. Many styles have a modern vintage aesthetic, perfect for casual Hollywood glam.

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5. Sportie LA, Los Angeles, CA

LA is a casual town and Sportie LA features all the casual shoes a family could need. You’ll find sneakers galore as well as sandals that are perfect for a day strolling city streets or beach boardwalks. You’ll even find a few limited edition offerings from brands like Birkenstock, Adidas, Asics as well as hard-to-find brands like LA Gear.

6. Re-Mix Classic Vintage Footwear, Los Angeles, CA

LA has a huge vintage scene and Re-Mix has been a part of it since the 90s. From selling deadstock of vintage shoes to recreating classic designs, Re-Mix is perfect for finding shoes to go with a glam gown or just perking up your usual jeans and t-shirt. The store provides shoes for shows and movies and is a favorite with people that live a vintage lifestyle, complete with styles for men and women including penny loafers and wedges.

7. Sole Desire, Multiple locations

Sole Desire is a family run chain with many locations throughout Northern California. Currently run by a second generation of owners and employees, Sole Desire offers not only a wide selection of brands but also footwear care products as well as socks, insoles and other accessories to promote healthy feet. 

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8. Santa Barbara Running Company, Santa Barbara, CA

Located just off Santa Barbara’s waterfront, Santa Barbara Running Company is a full-service shop for runner’s. You can have an expert assess your gait to help you choose the best shoe from the area’s largest stock of running shoes. You can also pick up other running gear and apparel as well as participate in local marathons and events that the favorite shop offers.

9. Find Your Feet, Multiple locations

Find Your Feet is the perfect shoe store for picking up some goofy socks and slip on shoes or sandals to go with them. The store features BigFoot novelty socks and a bunch of other types of socks ranging from bamboo to sports and in stores you can pair your socks with shoes from TOMS, Reef, Sanuk and others. If you really like socks, or know someone that does, then check out the sock club.

10. Rosewood, San Diego, CA

Not everyone in San Diego is barefoot on the beach. In fact, sneakerheads abound in the Southern California’s Southern-most city and they head to Rosewood to find limited edition kicks, new releases and other editions of Nikes, Adidas, Jordans and a few other elite and hard-to-find shoes for both men and women.

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