From high-quality winter boots to the latest in designer heels, shoes are a big part of everyone’s lives. In Michigan, you’ll find a variety of shoe stores with long histories and impressive inventories. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the 10 best shoe stores in Michigan.
We start off in the Upper Peninsula, hitting Pickford and its Watson's Shoe Store. Watson's is a store originally established in the early 1800s, then handed down through three generations before arriving at its current owner, who's had it since 1976. That's a lot of history, but it isn't just trading on its name. It's got several different breeds of shoe, from Red Wing to Muck Boot to even Thorogood, and offers these up at a small-town kind of price.
Hit Alpena to check out Masters LaLonde Shoes, a shoe store with a unique bent on its side. It's not only got a great history to it—the store itself traces its roots back to 1868, where it was a grocery/confectionery outlet before turning to footwear later—but it's also got something special in large-size shoes, which is great for those who have a tough time finding shoes that fit.
Grand Rapids' Mieras Family Shoes has been operating continuously since 1922, which is a feat for most any retail outlet, especially these days. With well-known brands from Columbia and Stride-Rite working alongside lesser-known fare like Keen and Johnston & Murphy, it's a safe bet this Grand Rapids institution is going to have just the shoes you need on hand for most any occasion.
Jim Mathes Shoes in Burton “specialize(s) in hard to find shoe sizes.” But it gets better: this local shop also stocks athletic, casual, and work shoes not just for those who need shock absorption, but also for those who spend a lot of their day on their feet. Throw in the occasional special offer which makes good prices even better and you see the value here immediately.
Sneakerheads, pay attention, because Detroit's Nojo Kicks will focus heavily on some really difficult to find shoes. Did you know that shoes actually have some rare variants? They're called “deadstock” shoes, and they're almost like “out-of-print” for DVDs or books. Whether you're in the market for Jordans, Adidas, or straight Nike, you'll have a great chance of finding these rare shoes at Nojo Kicks. On the off chance you want something they don't have, just let them know—they make a case to find just the shoe you're looking for.
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A major hometown shoe operation in Battle Creek, Rice's Shoes offers a wide array of shoes and boots in a classic hometown setting. Customers consider Rice's Shoes as a place well-staffed with knowledgeable, friendly people. It's clear this local shoe storefront is ready to take on the biggest of online competitors.
Okun Brothers in Kalamazoo has a long history. For those times when the right shoe just can't be had, Okun Brothers always seems to have it. Open since 1921 in downtown Kalamazoo, Okun Brothers offers, as its storefront sign notes, “comfort and quality at the right price.” That's a combination that's hard to pass up, so if you're looking for shoes or work boots in Kalamazoo, Okun Brothers fits the bill.
Willer's Shoes in Sturgis has been a part of the rapidly-changing Sturgis downtown landscape for years now, and there's a good reason: they've got great shoes and they know what the community's looking for. Those eager for a good place to find a solid shoe will find great luck at Willer’s Shoes.
Out in Coldwater, Luedder's Shoes & Repair carries a special note of approval with it right in the name: repair. Finding a place that actually repairs shoes any more is an extremely difficult prospect. Couple the sheer unique nature of finding a shoe repair shop on with the fact that the place just celebrated its 140th anniversary in Coldwater—open since 1878—and that gives Luedder's the combination of versatility and longevity that makes it a prime fit for this list.
Head on out to Montgomery for a shoe experience like few others. Well, not a shoe experience exactly—Georges Boot Barn, as the name suggests, does boots. And boots all over: hiking, duty, military, Western, logger, snake, and even Wellingtons are all on hand here. With 40 years of continuous operation to its credit, it's clear Georges Boot Barn knows its boots, and when you buy from Georges, you'll clearly know a thing or two about good boot shopping.