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Old School NYC Shoe Shops

Jan 23rd, 2009 | Categories: Footwear, Men's Stores, New York City | by Michael Williams

Not a lot of commentary on this subject. I have been going to some of these stores for years and thought that it was worth a little of ACL’s time to point them out. I love an old school shoe store and New York has some great ones. Enjoy the trip back in time.

Stapleton Shoe Co. on Church Street







Moulded Shoe Co. on 39th Street








Shoe outlet on Rector Street




Comments: 15

15 Comments to “Old School NYC Shoe Shops”

  1. Sid W
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 1:44 PM

    I have found many an amazing shoe at great great prices at shops exactly like these in downtown Manhattan.

  2. Joe
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 1:57 PM

    It’s not like they don’t carry all the best quality classic American shoe lines and I would venture to guess for less money then those chi-chi uptown retailers. I could spend hours poking around one of those shops!

  3. Sam Jacobs
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 2:26 PM

    Don’t forget Harry’s Shoes at Broadway & 83rd.
    That outlet on Rector looks awesome!

  4. dewy wilkins
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 4:37 PM

    “probably” & “west priced”….fantastic!

  5. Michael Williams
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 4:40 PM

    The “probably” is hilarious. I agree. “West Priced” is actually “Lowest Price” but I couldn’t get it all in the frame. Might have been the drinks — not sure.


  6. Ryan Temple
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 5:45 PM

    Great post. I have actually stumbled into Moulded Shoe while waiting for Chinese takeout from the joint next door. I was drawn in by the Alden sign. It’s one of those places that too many wouldn’t venture into because it isn’t flashy, but the selection is incredible.

  7. Thom
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 6:24 PM

    A worthy celebration. And how amazing is “Ground Gripper”?

  8. blax
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 7:14 PM

    I’ll be in the market for some light brown or black wingtips in the near future. Great post!


  9. Tom Paine
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 8:15 PM

    Great pics. Thanks!

  10. aTreasuryOf.com
    on Jan 23rd, 2009
    @ 10:21 PM

    In those pics those shops look perfect and era-less.

    In real life I could see myself walking right past them though…

    The power of the photograph, I guess.


  11. Clint
    on Jan 24th, 2009
    @ 1:15 PM

    Love the signage in all these places, especially that last one.

  12. Mr. Hare
    on Jan 26th, 2009
    @ 8:05 AM

    I love old shoe shops too. Thank you ACL.

  13. Tintin
    on Jan 26th, 2009
    @ 9:53 AM

    Go pitch a coffee table book to Taschen. And then travel the US and photograph these places. They’re everywhere…but not for long.

  14. suchin
    on Jan 26th, 2009
    @ 10:49 AM

    i also like the old school hat shops that are slowly vanishing from downtown.

  15. Valentino zechrah@yahoo.com
    on Oct 14th, 2009
    @ 12:41 AM

    I am interested in locating a pair of Spatz.. I believe they were made of light Canvas.. the ones that i have seen at Costume shops are made of felt. I definitely dont want any of those.. Can someone help with the info. I can fly to NYC anytime from Miami. or email me at: zechrah@yahoo.com