It is impossible to truly know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes and found the diary hidden in their worn-out soles. Fuel your secret passion for pumps and loafers with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of shoes, clothes, and accessories at A Step Forward Shoes in Oakland.
Billing itself as "the biggest little store in Oakland," A Step Forward Shoes slips instep-idolizing patrons into a wide variety of stylish shoes from top name brands, including Born, Dansko, Keen, and more. Closed- and open-toed Bare Traps shoes and sandals ($49.95–$69.99) provide sweating steppers with space to breathe in styles sure to attract coy beach balls to their side. Born's Jolina shoes ($89.99) add panache to indoor or outdoor idling, melding simple, warm brown hues with an elegant, thick strap. Those anticipating woolly winters or sudden showers of meatballs can rest easy, knowing a selection of Ugg boots, clogs, and sneakers ($105.95–$185.95) may be acquired to aid the slog through the season's most treacherous conditions.
A Step Forward Shoes also stocks copious collections of clothes and jewelry that complement footwear's color and Greco-Roman humor. Flowing scarves ($19–$39) and dresses from Papillon ($49.95–$69.95) seek to add elegance to any outfit, and liquid metal jewelry ($59.99–$148.95) renders steels and minerals fashionable by cutting them into elegant pieces and rewiring their desire to glom onto suits of armor.