The 10 Best Shoe Stores in Vermont!

Proper footwear is important, especially in a state known for its hiking, bucolic forest trails, pristine mountain streams, and pastoral meadows. Believe it or not, there is a lot of ground to cover in the fifth smallest state in the nation. And, luckily there are still some great mom and pop, full-service shoe stores out there that will help you get the right shoes for your next adventure…whatever it may be! From the trails to the office, here are the best shoe stores in Vermont. 

1. Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel, Multiple locations

Established in 1990, Lenny’s quickly became known for its selection and service and soon opened many locations throughout the Green Mountain State. Find tons of shoes and apparel, from Carhartt, Dansko, and Keen to work boots and work clothing that will stand up to the job. Plus find clothes and footwear for all of you hiking and camping needs, and you won’t spend an arm and a leg doing it.

2. Sensible Shoe, Rutland, VT

This family-owned, independently-run shoe store, offers footwear and apparel for the entire family. Plus, the 5,000-square-foot complex stocks over 100 items, and there is no sales tax. And though the recent incarnation was established in 1982, the business began with Sam Fineberg in 1907. You will also find stretching and repair services, as you would expect from a mom and pop shoe shop.

3. Family Footwear Center, Bennington, VT

Family Footwear Center has been family-run for over 25 years in the business. Serving the Northeast, the company proudly offers all American-made work boots, including steel toe, soft toe, police duty, and tactical boots. Buy from a selection of boot, including Timberland, Chippewa Boots, Carolina Boots, Danner Boots, and Wolverine.

4. The UGG Shop of Manchester, Manchester, VT

UGG Shop of Manchester Center, VT is a locally owned and operated authorized retailer of UGG footwear, UGG loungewear, and UGG home goods. Not just boots anymore, you will find footwear for men, women, and children. Plus, their new location is one of the oldest in Manchester, and it dates back to before the Civil war. Find Ugg Fashion boots, shoes, slippers, and more.

5. Shoe Tree, Brattleboro, VT

Offering a large selection of high-quality footwear from  Dansko, Ugg, Ecco, Ariat, and Birkenstocks, as well as a large selection of fun handbags, colorful socks, and tights. The Shoe Tree was established in 1990, as a response to the lack of hometown footwear options in the area. With services and selections from yesteryear, Shoe Tree is committed to helping you find foot comfort. 

6. New Balance Factory Store, Manchester Center, VT

Old buildings and street side properties of Manchester and Manchester Center combined to make the Manchester Designer Outlets, established by Ben Hauben and his wife Lana in 1983. One of the newest editions of these stores is dedicated to a comprehensive line of New Balance performance footwear. New Balance, based out of Boston, has one of the widest selection of shoe sizes in the country and is known for their innovative footwear technologies.

7. Danform Shoes, Colchester, VT

Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Danform Shoes was established in 1978. As the story goes, owners Dave Bailey and Dave Deforge began by making wooden bottom clogs and selling them wholesale to local retailers. After all this time, the owners still want to help customers find “the best shoe at the best price.”

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8. Deer Ridge Footwear & Custom Shoes, Townshend, VT

Specializing in orthopedic footwear, Deer Ridge shoes come in all shapes and sizes and are custom-made to each customer’s individual feet. They can accommodate every size foot, from large or small, narrow to wide, as well as medical conditions like bunions or hammertoes. They don’t make shoe stores like this anymore, so if you have a high instep, wide forefeet, narrow heels or just like the feel of a custom shoe, Deer Ridge has got the answer.

9. The Perfect Shoe Boutique, Middlebury, VT

If you are tired of shopping malls and name-brand shoes, then maybe you should drop by The Perfect Shoe Boutique, where they have mixed collection of shoes to fit your personality. They have both casual and dress shoes, as well as designer and hard-to-find options, like Mules, Sofft Shoes, and more.

10. Caplan’s Shoe and Apparel, Morrisville, VT

Find outdoor clothing, shoes, and apparel at this general-store style shoe shop. Established in 1992, Caplan’s features only the most rugged options and styles, from Darn Tough socks to shoes and boots made by Carharrt, Sorrell, and Merrill. Find hiking and camping gear, work boots, and apparel at a store with roots that go back to 1922.

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