Shopping for shoes is a day of fun for some people and a chore to be completed for others. The endless racks of warehouse-style boxes at some shoe stores can be intimidating and impersonal. Whether you’re looking for the perfect party shoes or a new pair of oxfords for the office, Baltimore’s best shops for shoes offer an array of stylish options and great, personal service. — Amy Gardner Mcneal

Ma Petite Shoe

832 West 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 235- 3442

Ma Petite Shoe, in Baltimore’s trendy Hampden neighborhood, offers men’s and women’s shoes. This one-of-a-kind boutique offers a wide range of designer shoe and boot choices from some of today’s most up-and-coming designers, including Irregular Choice, Miz Mooz and Jeffrey Campbell. Unique slippers by GoodyGoody will tickle your fancy. A selection of animal-product-free, vegan styles are also available. In addition to the fabulous shoes, Ma Petite Shoe also carries chocolates from around the world and hosts a weekly Friday Chocolate Happy Hour. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Poppy and Stella

728 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 522-1970

Located in the heart of Fells Point, Poppy and Stella offers shoes, handbags and accessories for women. The shoes and accessories here are fashionably fabulous and affordable. Shoes, boots and bags from prominent designers like Dolce Vita, Pour la Victoire, Sam Edelman and Frye, plus dozens of others, offer the chance to have great style at a great price. The boutique also carries handbags in a variety of styles to complement your look, as well as hosiery and other accessories. The atmosphere, selection and service make Poppy and Stella one of Baltimore’s best shops for shoes. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Dan Brothers Shoes

1032 S. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21230
(410) 752-8175

This classic men’s shoe store has been a fixture in Federal Hill for over 70 years. From its humble beginnings as a shoe repair store, Dan Brothers Shoes has grown into a leader in men’s shoes in the city. Dan Brothers Shoes carries a wide variety of men’s designers dress and casual shoes, western boots and work boots. They offer many styles in hard-to-find sizes and widths and offer special-order service for hard-to-fit feet. If you’re looking for great Johnston & Murphy office shoes or a new pair of Reebok’s for the gym, they’ve got it covered. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Sundays.