I just got a chance to check out The Shoe Store, one of the spots previously mentioned on this blog as part of a new crop of retailers that has popped up in recent months. Located on 16th and Alberta, the space is small but carries a wide variety of shoes from a range of brands including footwear staples like Keds and Puma, as well as some smaller labels like MOVMT, Gola and Unstitched Utilities—which has these crinkly shoes in a paper-like material that I really, really want.

Owners Allan Fish and Kelly Dorius were inspired to open the store after wandering into a shoe store in San Francisco, and realizing how much we're missing out on here in Portland. Fish notes that while "there is a wealth of sneakers here," they mostly come from those local industry giants Nike and Adidas.The pair wanted to create a store that carries "a wide variety of shoes that you're not gonna find anywhere else." That is why most of the Shoe Store's merchandise is exclusive, and when they run out of one style, they move onto something new, rather than restocking.

Here are some of my favorite styles:

  • Gola


Unstitched Utilities
  • Unstitched Utilities