10 Best Shopify Stores for Shoes
I’ll admit it: I’m not that into shoe shopping. If I go to a shoe warehouse, my children knock down all the boxes. If I go to Zappos, I accidentally buy everything. If I go to a mall, I’ll buy 10 cinnamon sugar pretzels instead of the one thing I came for: shoes.
Thankfully, there’s a whole word of smaller e-commerce sites that entice, not overwhelm, the jaded shoe shopper.
Here are 10 shoe companies that are not only making kickass shoes, but creating an amazing Shopify-fueled experience that’s (maybe) even better than a mall pretzel.
Tecovas makes gorgeous, handmade cowboy boots at an affordable price. Their brand is all about quality, a fact you’ll figure out the second you load their homepage. Their full-width, beautifully-produced hero video spotlights their bootmakers in action. One glance at their homepage and I just knew: 1. These boots are legit, and 2. I should quit my job and become a bootmaker.
There’s only one good way to sell shoes made out of trees and wool: quirky looped animations laced with tree puns. (And some creative muscle from the folks at Red Antler.) The loops keep me on the homepage longer, allowing me to soak in all the glorious images of comfy Runners. Before long, I’m finding it hard to remember a time when I didn’t wear shoes made of tree.
Let’s just say it’s a shopping experience that sticks with you.
Squishy baby feet in bunny-shaped sandals? Yes, please! Kids’ shoes this cute deserve an equally adorable website, and Livie & Luca absolutely delivers. My 3-year-old has extra wide feet, which makes shopping boutique brands difficult (the shoe box often fits better than the actual shoe). Luckily, L&L’s Zendesk-hosted knowledge base lets me know which styles work best.
It’s always good to see an established brand seamlessly transition to the e-commerce space. I commend Packer Shoes for giving their history the hero treatment. Their homepage definitely makes a statement: “We know shoes and neckties used to be really short.”
The Peter Nappi studio in Nashville, TN is an Edison bulb-laden haven located in an industrial park. The first time I visited a few years ago, I had to wait in my parked car for five minutes while a stray dog peed on my tires. Needless to say, this place has cred.
The handcrafted, Italian-rooted shoemaker’s beautiful website gives visitors the in-store experience with an embedded Google Indoor Streetview widget. I’m fairly new to Indoor Streetview, so I spent a good chunk of time e-roaming the store and actually checking out items on the racks. I’d definitely rank Peter Nappi among my top rabies-free online shoe shopping experiences!
Thursday Boots’s Shopify site is so rich with soft buttery images that – I’m not kidding – you can actually smell the leather coming from your screen. Better yet, they’ve included an easy-to-navigate submenu that includes an “Our Values” tab, artfully explaining their ethical sourcing and responsible manufacturing processes. At last, I can smell the leather without all the guilt!
Whenever I’m navigating a new shoe brand, I like to ask friends if they’ve tried the shoes, price compare on other sites, and read as many reviews as possible (mostly for sizing info). GREATS has incorporated both product and site reviews directly into their Shopify page, which cuts down on my legwork. Thanks, GREATS!
I love a good real-time ticking odometer, especially when it involves repurposed water bottles and sensible work flats.
Until I become a professional bootmaker (see Tecovas, above), someone else is gonna need to do my resoling. Helm Boots not only makes high quality boots, they also offer a Resole Program where customers can send their boots in for a tune up. The process seems easy enough thanks to thorough FAQs and a Get in Touch form.
I know about No.6 because high-end clogs just have a way of showing up in my orbit. They’ve since expanded into clothing and accessories, which are displayed beautifully in the site’s ShowTime template. My favorite part of No.6’s site is the access to their Look Book PDFs, which offer a calming respite from the urgency of online shopping.