Has trekking around Portland worn holes in your shoes? Simply head to these tax-free footwear staples for a short shopping spree, and you’ll be back to exploring in no time!
Located in Southwest Portland, Zelda’s Shoe Bar has been one of the city’s premier shoe-shopping destinations since 1994. This sophisticated women’s boutique stocks an array of envy-inducing heels, boots, flats and clogs by dozens of European designers — like Pour La Victoire and Swedish Hasbeens — as well as a curated selection of clothing and accessories.
This celebrated heritage brand has been proudly based in the Pacific Northwest for more than 80 years, with a modern flagship store in downtown Portland’s Union Way since 2013. Its handcrafted collection of boots runs the gamut from practical styles for firefighters, law enforcement and the military to stylish hiking boots and casual wear. (You can even try out the iconic red-laced boots from the film Wild!)
Nestled in the heart of the stylish Pearl District, locally owned Halo Shoes specializes in small European designers with unique style and limited U.S. distribution. Men and women alike can shop Italian brands such as Moma and Pantanetti, as well as Il Bisonte handbags, Arsenice belts and socks from Japan’s Antipast.
California-based brand Toms made waves in 2006 with a pledge to donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. Today, the charitable company is still going strong, with a Pearl District retail location that offers eyewear and bags as well as those signature canvas sandals.
Wander down West Burnside to purchase your own pair of iconic Doc Martens at the British brand’s Pearl District outpost. In addition to its classic black leather kicks, the footwear giant sells boots in a wide range of colors, styles, sizes and materials, as well as all sorts of sandals, sneakers and oxfords.
The eclectic creations of Canadian designer John Fluevog wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale. Visitors may not find any glass slippers, but they can try on pointy-toed oxfords in iridescent green and purple, or whimsical heels sporting sequins, shiny buckles or floral and paisley prints.
Sneakerheads can find Nikes anywhere in the world these days, but there’s something extra-special about shopping at the Portland-based company’s flagship retail location. Head downtown, across the street from Pioneer Place mall, to take a test run in the latest Flyknits and browse a mini-museum of the brand’s most groundbreaking designs.
Conveniently located across the street from Pioneer Courthouse Square, this department store titan showcases dozens of designers of all styles and price points. Whether you’re in the market for Valentino stilettos, Gucci loafers, Prada sneakers or Converse sneakers, Nordstrom will deliver. If you’re willing to hunt through last season’s styles, you can find amazing bargains at the nearby Nordstrom Rack.