When you’re looking for a good work shoe, the perfect comfortable heel, or a sleek pair of running shoes, it can be difficult to find exactly what you want. But at Rhode Island’s first-rate shoe stores, the friendly staff and vast selection remove that hassle. Here are the 8 best in the state.
Rhode Runner wants to make sure Rhode Islanders are walking and running as comfortably as possible. They’ll help you feel that you are making the best decision for your feet. Since 2001, owners Bob and Colleen Bischoff have been striving to help make the community fitter and stronger through their shop. The owners also support local camps and races throughout Southern New England.
Located conveniently on Thayer Street next to an assortment of other retailers, Berk’s is the go-to place on College Hill for shoes, no matter the season. You’ll find a huge variety of shoes, including Frye boots, Toms, Jack Rogers, and Birkenstocks. Even on Berk’s most crowded days, you’ll notice the great customer service and staff. Make sure to head back to the clearance rack to find the best deals at Berk’s.
Small shoe stores are often the places where you’ll find the best service, even if they don’t have as great of a selection. Well, at Wakefield Running Company, you really can get both. In addition to more standard brands, this store also carries Newton, Skora and iZUMi shoes. Don’t have what you’re looking for? The owners will be happy to order a pair especially for you and call you when they come in.
Owners Jessica, Adam and Teddy will offer you the trusted shoe recommendations you’re looking for. The company set up shop in Newport over 30 years ago, making it the island’s oldest shoe store. They make sure to always stock brands like Dansko, Olukai, Steve Madden, Teva, Clark’s, Keen, Sam Edelman, and Jack Rogers.
Irving’s greets each of its customers with casual and friendly service. Need modifications on any purchase? Irving’s will make sure to make the repairs you need so you can start hitting the streets with your new shoes as soon as possible.
Owner Michael Valentino has always been interested in the beach life, even when he grew up in New York. Today, he curates an incredible selection of island-inspired attire at Island Pursuit, including a selection of shoes that includes sneakers, flats, dress shoes and sandals. Make sure to stop by if you’re in need of new shoes for the beach, even while on vacation!
Sneaker Junkies is always fashion forward, stocking up on the best and latest styles in sneakers and more. The store recently expanded, giving you more of a reason to check it out. With a minimalist look, you’ll be sure to focus on the sneakers and nothing else. The staff is incredibly accommodating to every look and style—make sure to try on plenty of pairs until you find the sneakers right for you.
Start off your shopping experience at Yorker with a shoe-sizing by one of the store’s professionals. Try on as many sizes as you’d like of every shoe style that piques your interest. Yorker Shoes stocks shoes for vacation, work, exercise and everyday wear. You’ll be sure to leave with a pair that you love.