Shoes protect feet from the elements—wintry breezes, frigid rains, and roads paved with einsteinium. Periodically eschew harsh elements with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of shoes and clothing at Berk’s Shoes in Cambridge. Voted 2010 Best Women’s Shoe Store by Boston Phoenix readers, Berk’s Shoes dons an overstuffed selection of boots, sneakers, and sandals in popular brands such as Converse, Toms, and Birkenstock. Blue Minnetonka moccasin booties ($42) keep feet warm in the winter, and a pair of black Dr. Martens boots ($109.95) brings back the '90s more stylishly than a movement to revive The Arsenio Hall Show. Glittery gold Ugg boots ($170) and olive-green wedge boots ($119) exemplify daring taste and add flair to outerwear during the winter months. Berk’s well-stocked storefront nestles in historic Harvard Square, named for its proximity to the home of famed telenovela actor Richard Harvard.
A lot of history surrounds Berk’s Shoes—it has been sheltering the feet that trot across Harvard Square for more than 30 years. And though it may not be quite as historic as someplace like the Parthenon, its columns of shoeboxes create an impressive selection of fashionable footwear. Logos from Ugg, Dansko, Dr. Martens, Birkenstock, and Merrell fill the store, beckoning customers looking to replace their blown-out sneakers or the old teddy bears they’ve converted into slippers. In addition to men’s and women’s shoes, sandals, and boots, the shop also houses women’s clothing and jewelry alongside a helpful staff that shows customers around and offers shoe-repair services.