With its natural beauty and laid back lifestyle, many people consider Hawaii to be heaven on earth. It is paradise to me though, largely because of the fact that Hawaii is home to Leather Soul and its two amazing shops.
In the capital city of Honolulu, amongst the tourists, bankers, government workers and other assorted business men —many of them seriously wearing Hawaiian shirts to the office, which is apparently totally acceptable business attire — sits Leather Soul Downtown, the newest offshoot of what I think to be the best shoe store in America. The only thing wrong with this new(ish) shop is the fact that it is still too many thousands of miles away from where I live.
The offerings at LSDT are a bit more conservative than what is on hand at the original shop (which I affectionately call “the mothership” or “ground zero for handsome footwear and other assorted greatness”), but they are not by any means less angeringly awesome. Tricker’s, Alden, Quoddy, John Lobb, Edward Green, J.M. Weston, New Balance, Saint Crispin’s — they’re all there. Plus, Globe Trotter and Rimowa. It’s probably for the best that your wallet was stolen while you were enjoying the Hawaiian beach life.
This new boutique also has a bit more space to play around with and is much more of a club house than any of the other Leather Soul locations. (My company does help out with some marketing work for all of the three Leather Soul locations, FYI.) If you are friendly and a good customer there’s even private area in this store for leather chairs, entertainment and an obscene amount of very nice booze to relax with. It’s a paradise within a paradise wrapped in a stunningly beautiful island.
If you happen to be interested in clothes and find yourself in the middle of the Pacific, this is the one shop you need to visit on Honolulu. Buy your better half a full day massage, paddle board lessons and a tour of the island, that should give you just enough time to sneak over to Leather Soul. It might be hard to hide all of the shoe boxes though. Don’t worry, LS will ship everything straight from the store to help protect your fine footwear transgressions.
Leather Soul Downtown | 119 Merchant Street #100 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813