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Best Place to Satisfy a Footwear Fetish
DSW Shoe Warehouse

“The shoes of the moment — the deal of a lifetime.” This is the mantra of DSW Shoe Warehouse, which is every Imelda Marcos wannabe’s dream come true. Yes, it’s a nonstop symphony of footwear, with aisles and aisles of shoes, shoes, and a few more shoes. Every size. Every shape. Every color and style imaginable. Shoe aficionados — you know who you are — should be duly prepared when first entering a DSW; you may be overcome with emotion and overwhelmed by the staggering size of stock and vast range of footwear. You might even think you’ve died and gone to shoe heaven.

A relatively young company that’s quickly expanding, DSW is a national chain with locations in many states. Stocking both women’s and men’s shoes, with even a few handbags to boot, the stores are organized according to category. You can happily flit from comfy athletic shoes to trendy designer imposters to immortal classics like the penny loafer and black, knee-high boot. Also, you need not sit around and wait for a disgruntled salesperson to fetch your selections; all the shoes are boxed and stacked in a help-yourself setup. (Even so, there are still plenty of staff wandering about in case you need assistance.) Did I mention that it’s cheap, too? There’s even a large section for markdowns. It’s like Payless on steroids; the average DSW is around 20,000 square feet, so prepare to spend hours roaming to your little shoe-loving heart’s content. Plus, the quality is relatively high, so the shoe might actually last longer than the style’s particular trend. So go forth, and explore the delights of DSW — your feet, and your wallet, will thank you.

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