Rangoni of Florence (270 King St., 843/577-9554, Mon.–Sat. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12:30–5:30 p.m.) imports the best women’s shoes from Italy, with a few men’s designs as well.
Copper Penny Shooz (317 King St., 843/723-3838, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.) combines hip and upscale fashion.
Funky and fun Phillips Shoes (320 King St., 843/965-5270, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.) deals in Dansko for men, women, and kids (don’t miss the awesome painting above the register of Elvis fitting a customer).
Mephisto (322 King St., 843/722-4666, www.mepcomfort.com, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.) deals in that incredibly comfortable, durable brand.
The most famous locally owed place for footwear is Bob Ellis Shoe Store (332 King St., 843/722-2515, www.bobellisshoes.com, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.), which has served Charleston’s elite with high-end shoes since 1950.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition