Cool Calgary shoe shops for summer kicks

It’s time to put your best foot forward with new warm-weather footwear. Whether you’re looking for a stylish pair of comfortable flip flops or flats, or a daring pair of couture skyscraper pumps or oxfords, these city shoe stores are offering up the latest on-trend arrivals. Image credit: iStock.com/Alberto Pomares.

Less 17

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930 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A2

This 17th Avenue Southwest store specializes in skateboarding apparel, shoes and accessories. If you prefer to kick back in trendsetting casual shoes and sneakers, this is the shop for you. It carries casual and high-end sneakers by brands such as Nike, Converse, Adidas and more. This summer, opt for a colourful pair of Nike Flyknit Air Max 1 runners or Converse Easter Basket sneakers, which feature a stylish knit basket woven-style texture.

Holt Renfrew

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510 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H9

This popular Canadian luxury department store carries a covetable selection of seasonal designer shoes for men and women. If you’re looking to add a new statement piece to your wardrobe, splurge on a pair of metallic Aquazzura flats or a colourful pair of Manolo Blahnik slingback heels. Popular choices for men this season include Salvatore Ferragamo’s quilted red loafers as well as Prada’s more subtle black slip-on shoes.

John Fluevog Boots & Shoes Ltd

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207 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B7

Noted for his contemporary art-deco footwear, Vancouver shoe designer John Fluevog’s Calgary store is located on Stephen Avenue Walk. The summer season sees the shop carrying colourful floral booties, colour-blocked chunk heels and polka dotted T-strap heels for women. New arrivals for men include colourful oxfords and casual sneakers.

Nordstrom Chinook Centre

4
6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Located in Chinook Centre Mall, Nordstrom offers an overwhelming selection of brand name and designer label shoes for men and women. From splurge-worthy Christian Louboutin and Valentino designs, to affordable TOMS and Keds kicks, Nordstrom has something for a range of tastes and budgets. This season, check out Sophia Webster’s whimsical high-fashion sandals and open-toed pumps, or opt for casual pieces like Magnanni’s moccasin-style leather driving shoes for men and Vince Camuto’s cutout patterned loafers for women.

Shoe Muse

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106-326 Aspen Glen Landng SW, Calgary, AB T3H 0N5

A high-end shoe store located in the Aspen Woods area of the city, Shoe Muse specializes in European designer labels. Whether you’re looking for a catwalk-worthy pair of pumps or a stylish yet practical pair of casual Fly Londons, shop staff will be able to help you find the shoe that fits. The store regularly holds massive sales as well as meet-and-greets with designers visiting from abroad. And if you purchase your new shoes during one of these events, the designers are usually more than happy to autograph them.

Browns Shoes

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46-100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary, AB T2J 3V1

This Montreal-based shoe chain has multiple Calgary locations including one in Southcentre Mall. With an extensive selection of brand name, designer and luxury labels for men and women, Browns carries its own exclusive house-brand shoes. Inventory includes everything from casual Adidas and Converse sneakers to high-end pumps and formal shoes by Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Ted Baker and more. If you want to give your heels a break this summer, invest in a stylish pair of Michael Kors flip-flops or a luxurious pair of Giuseppe Zanotti patent leather slip-on sneakers.

Arnold Churgin Shoes Ltd

7
3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3A 0E2

Specializing in its own exclusive line of timelessly styled shoes, Arnold Churgin has four locations in Calgary including shops downtown as well as in Southcentre and Market Mall, with an outlet store at CrossIron Mills. This summer, consider picking up a pair of summery espadrilles or sandal wedges. And if you usually dread buying high heels, Arnold Churgin has an excellent selection of comfortable kitten heels and pumps.

Lexington Ave Culture Spot

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102-617 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1

Lexington Ave is the spot to find Air Jordans, and a go-to spot for sneakerheads looking for rare or hard-to-find kicks. The store also carries a selection of both dead stock and gently used sneakers for men and women – brands include Adidas, Reebok, Puma and more. Lexington Ave staff can help you spruce up the sneakers you already own with affordable sneaker restoration services.

Luna Blue Shoes

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2611 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 3T9

This independent shoe boutique has been around for almost a decade and has earned a dedicated following. Luna Blue carries a well-curated selection of shoes for women by international brands that aren’t usually found in Calgary. These include Solillas, Ateliers, Bueno and more. The shop is also a favourite amongst women whose feet are difficult to fit. The shop carries boots to accommodate wider calves, as well as stylish yet comfy cushioned sneakers.

O'Connors-Men's & Womens Clothing & Footwear

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1415 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V9

A long-established fashion merchant, O’Connors carries luxury and designer label shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women. Quality shoe brands here include Cole Haan, Magnanni, John Varvatos and more. This is the go-to place to upgrade your formal shoe collection, but don’t overlook its stylish casual offerings like Pikolinos beaded sandals for women and Olukai’s Hawaiian-inspired sandals for men. And while you’re at it, make sure to check out the store’s colourful selection of shoelaces and cashmere socks by brands such as Allen Edmonds, Pantherella and more.

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