|If you’re hoofing it in the city, Harry’s has you covered with comfy, stylish shoes.|
My sister said it best when she told me once that the shoes of any New Yorker are like the tires of any car. Unpredictable and poor weather, sidewalks under construction, and mad dashes for the train or bus can all lead to us burning rubber – or leather – in great quantities on any given day. For this reason a New Yorker’s shoes must be reliable, well-made, but also stylish. Sound familiar? To shop for that one perfect pair, try Harry’s Shoes on the Upper West Side.
|Inside shoe heaven –credit|
For over 81 years, Harry’s Shoes has catered to Upper West Siders who loathe synthetics and love European style. Hailed by New York Magazine, as “less Sex and the City, more sensible in the city”, you can find just about any style, and at a range of prices. Modest, demure gals will love the Scandinavian looks of the Danish brand, Ecco, as well as Sebago’s sweet, simple, and functional boating and deck shoes.
Those infatuated with trends straight from Rome or Milan will swoon over the selection of Italian footwear at Harry’s, including Bruno Magli, Cordani, and Fausto Santini, or the chic UK brand, Gabor. And, as one of the first stores of its kind in New York City to carry New Balance, you can also find something to spoil your inner athlete. With brands like North Face, Birkenstock, Patagonia, and GoLite, you’ll complete even the most rugged outdoor activity or intense gym session with zero concern for durability or comfort.
|Show off your pedicure with Gabor sandals –via Harry’s|
Casual styles for the outdoorsy urban adventurer can also be found, like Converse, Born, Clarks, and Mephisto. To match your many moods and busy schedule, check out brands like Rockport and Eastland that you can wear from work to play, from east to west, from uptown to midtown, and even to downtown.
|Stylish and comfortable Mephisto. –via Harry’s|
For parents who still need to go back-to-school shopping for their kids, the spin-off store Harry’s Shoes Kids can be found just ½ a block north of the original outpost. Rated #1 by Mom in the City, the kids’ selection at Harry’s comes well-stocked, and they’ll even measure your tyke’s feet for you.
|Converse for kids! –via Harry’s|
The strict return policy at Harry’s can turn off some novice customers. Unworn merchandise must be exchanged within ten short days, and they never give refunds. To avoid a pricey poor decision, know for certain that you’ll love – and wear – the pair you pick out before heading to the register. After you leave the store, don’t even bother with the residual guilt of your retail purchase. As my sister also says, the real cost of your shoes is the price you paid for them divided by the number of times you wear them.
2299 Broadway @ 83rd Street
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Monday & Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.