Looking for a new pair of boat shoes? In need of a fresh set of heels for a formal event? The locally-owned shoe stores of Hawaii have what you’re looking for. Complemented by a friendly and knowledgeable staff, you’ll be fitted in the perfect shoe in no time. Here are the 9 best shoe stores in the state.
Island Slipper has been designing, producing, and selling sandals on Oahu since 1946. In store, you’ll find a huge selection of their famous slippers made for both men and women. Styles are creative and beautiful, incorporating different colors, patterns, materials, and styles. Island Slipper also has an excellent online store for your convenience.
Elmer and Jean Scott, who moved to Hawaii from the mainland, opened Scott Hawaii in 1932 as a shoe and boot maker specifically for plantation workers. During World War II, they transitioned to making and selling sandals, which they continue to do today. In store and online, shoppers can find men’s, women’s, and children’s sandals in a variety of colors, styles, and patterns. The kid’s sandals are particularly cute as some styles have whimsical designs.
Runner’s Hi aims to help you find the perfect shoe for your foot, stride, and activity level. They stock shoe brands such as Nike, New Balance, and Asics as well as running apparel, insoles, socks, and other running goods. The owner and staff at Runner’s Hi are runners themselves, so among them, they have a wealth of knowledge about the sport.
As the name suggests, Work Shoe Hawaii stocks shoes as hard working as you are. Supportive and practical brands sold at Work Shoe Hawaii include Birkenstock, Keen, CAT, Dr. Martens, Merrel, and Dansko. Both men’s and women’s shoes are stocked and they also have a handy guide for work shoes that are approved by the City & County of Honolulu.
Island Sole takes the casual atmosphere of Hawaii and translates that into the store’s styling and shoes stocked for sale. Expect vibrant patterns and prints on comfortable, water-friendly slippers when visiting Island Sole. They also work to raise awareness for the endemic Nene Goose, which has populations recovering on the Hawaiian Islands.
The Ultimate Foot Store is great for people who are on their feet all day, as they focus on orthotic footwear. In addition to shoe brands such as Birkenstock, Brooks, Vionic, and Hoka, the Ultimate Foot Store carries arch support and other specialty foot care items. Their helpful staff can assist you in finding shoes or insoles to alleviate foot and ankle pain.
Splash! Hawaii is a specialty beachwear shop that carries swimsuits, apparel, shoes, and accessories. Shoe brands stocked at Splash! Hawaii include Live Hayn, Toms, Rainbow Sandals, Sanuk, and more. Note that though there are several Splash! Hawaii shops located on Oahu, the location in Kailua focuses on shoes and accessories.
Open for more than 100 years, the Uyeda Shoe Store helps customers find shoes that make running and walking comfortable. In particular, Uyeda Shoe Store caters to customers with hard-to-find shoe sizes and if they don’t have what you are looking for in-store, the staff are happy to order it for you.
For those with foot, ankle, or knee pain related to shoes, Step Ahead might be able to help you find relief. They carry and create custom-fitted high heel and flat shoe orthotics as well as arch support. In addition, they stock a selection of shoes that are typically recommended for those with foot pain including Earth, Fit Flop, Klogs, and Teva.