SoleAmour, Andover and WinchesterPhilosophy: When it comes to women’s footwear, the goal at SoleAmour is “comfort couture”—shoes that are fashion-forward yet still a joy to walk in.
Standout Qualities: Owner Stephanie Sipley stocks her stores with footwear you won’t find at the mall; some of the suppliers she works with even let her choose her own color combinations, making some of SoleAmour’s items truly unique. The store sells shoes at a wide range of prices.
Insider Tip: Need shoes for a special occasion? Bring your dress with you while you shop and let the staff find you a one-of-a-kind shoe that will complement your look perfectly.
4 Main St., Andover, 978-409-1541; 17 Thompson St., Winchester, 781-721-5300, soleamour.com
Mark Adrian Shoes, GloucesterPhilosophy: At Mark Adrian, the goal is to find a shoe that fits and that you will want to wear—even the most fashion-forward items are chosen with comfort in mind.
Standout Qualities: The inventory includes hiking boots, high heels, and everything in between. Instead of sorting through piles of boxes to find the right size and style, shoppers work with a salesperson who will find exactly what the customer needs and wants.
Insider tip: For a precision fit, ask a staff member to evaluate your feet with the computerized scanner, which will pinpoint exactly what size, width, and support you need.
103 Main St., Gloucester, 978-283-4343, markadrianshoes.com