September means a lot of things to a lot of people - the beginning of fall, back to school, football season. For me, it's time to take stock of my shoe wardrobe. We've never had more opportunities to indulge our inner Carrie Bradshaws - at all price points. Below are some of my favorite places to adorn my feet:
Manolo Blahnik - 31 West 54th Street
Exquisitely crafted, these shoes' unique fit simply make a woman look and feel better.
Jimmy Choo - 645 Fifth Avenue
The heels may be high, but so is the comfort level, really. Stilettos you can walk in.
Christian Louboutin - 965 Madison Avenue - 59 Horatio Street
More than just a gimmick with red soles, Louboutins are the definition of style - and yes, he does make flats and mini-heels.
Roger Vivier - 750 Madison Avenue
Adored by celebrities, coveted by all.
Robert Clergerie - 19 East 62nd Street
Très français -- shop for the best.
Stubbs & Wootton - 987 Madison Avenue
Handcrafted in the European tradition, Stubbs & Wootton's shoes - and their world-famous slippers - make all of us feel like we're old money.
Musette - 438 West Broadway
This Romanian vendor offers style with affordability - platforms, boots and flats.
Warren Edwards - 107 East 60th Street
Unique collection of ladylike creations.
Vanessa Noel - 158 East 64th St.
Impeccable taste, sexy elegance and laid-back luxury in a hidden jewelbox boutique.
Edon Manor - 391 Greenwich Street
In search of something different? Head to Tribeca, where this shop stocks exotic leathers, and bright colors in very limited numbers. So get there fast and often!
French Sole - 985 Lexington Avenue - flagship - 976 Lexington Avenue - outlet - 972 Lexington Avenue - French Sole Comfort
A New York shoppers' icon since the 1980's, it is a ballet flat lover's paradise.
Tani - 131 West 72nd Street - 2020 Broadway
An extraordinary collection (with options for Keds to Miss Sixty to Bensimon) and some of the nicest salespeople in the universe.
Dusica Dusica - 67 Prince Street
Italian luxury shoes that are works of art.
John Fluevog - 250 Mulberry Street
This store understands that feet can be fun. Funky styles in crazy colors.
Arche Shoes - 995 Madison Avenue - 128 West 57th Street - 1045 Third Avenue
Welcome fall in total comfort and high style - not an easy combination!
Thierry Rabotin - 1138 Third Avenue
These shoes are made for shopping - up and down the Avenues.
Sigerson Morrison - 28 Prince Street - 19 East 71st Street
Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison understand what women need in shoes - including some of the cutest flats around.
Stuart Weitzman - 625 Madison Avenue - 10 Columbus Circle - 2151 Broadway
From practical pumps to gemstone-studded evening shoes, Weitzman's wares combine craftsmanship and quality materials that are a true investment in style.
Prada - 841 Madison Avenue - 724 Fifth Avenue - 575 Broadway - 45 East 57th Street
We've become so obsessed with their bags and clothing it's easy to forget that they make some of the most intriguing footwear around.
Varda Shoes - 147 Spring Street
Classic styles with durability, offered by a store that builds long-term relationships with its shoppers.
Salvatore Ferragamo - 655 Fifth Avenue
The epitome of Italian style for 80 years (even when working in Hollywood in the 1920s), Ferragamo is the definition of classic elegance.
Giuseppe Zanotti - 806 Madison Avenue
Traditional manufacturing meets a rock-and-roll sensibility in these stunning, often bejeweled shoes.
Via Spiga Soho - 487 Broadway
Italian flair at affordable prices. What more could you ask?
Jeffrey - 449 W 14th Street
The Little Black Dress of Shoes.
Iris - 827 Washington Street
Exclusivity is the key here - if you're looking for the hard-to-find style straight from the runway, start here first. Brands include Chloe, John Galliano and Veronique Branquinho.
ShoeWoo - 750 Lexington Avenue
An edited collection of Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine West, Circa Joan & David, Boutique 9, Joan & David, Anne Klein and Rachel Roy, all under one roof.
Saks Fifth Avenue - 611 Fifth Avenue
The largest shoe department in the city, Saks also provides some of the best customer service.
Bergdorf Goodman - 745 Fifth Avenue
Looking for the new, the innovative, the designer who hasn't achieved Jimmy, Manolo or Christian's status, but deserves to? Come here. It's the best-edited selection in the city.
Barney's New York - 660 Madison Avenue
The height of fashion.
DSW- 40 East 14th Street
Prada at a price - and other brands and designers, at half off, or more.
Shopping is my passion and I follow the fabulous. Where are they now and will they ever return? If you have any juicy info let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, Hollywould, Charles Jourdan, Beverly Feldman, Sergio Rossi....all past labels I've adored, now gracing other cities--I know they will be back.
So whether you're looking for the perfect black pump, a mile-high platform (good for you) or winter boots, one of these shops is bound to soothe your soul - and your sole.