Shoes protect feet from the elements, sharp objects, and older sisters brandishing novelty foot ticklers. Barricade vulnerable piggies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 toward shoes and accessories at Arthur's Shoe Tree in Bay Village.
The genial staff members of Arthur's Shoe Tree match lonely feet with ideal sole mates, earning the store a top spot on the 2009 Fox 8 Cleveland Hot List. Occupying the same real estate for more than 42 years, Arthur's peddles paw coverings and accessories from brands such as Dansko, Ecco, Nike, and New Balance. Each blind-shoe-date begins with a complimentary digital foot scan to assess the proper length and width necessary to make feet as cozy as a baby kangaroo in a coin purse. Sprout-sized shoes range from $25 to $75, while full-grown pavement barriers start at $75. Or pick up accessories such as Smartwool socks (ranging from $10 to $25), which provide capable pedal padding or blank canvases for drawing hand puppets.
Arthur's Shoe Tree
Toes wiggle and stretch within leather and mesh shoes as patrons test-walk pairs across Arthur's Shoe Tree's four-decade-old storefront. Expert staffers—two of whom are New Balance Procare fit specialists—buckle and lace feet into sandals, running shoes, and other styles from brands such as New Balance, Nike, and Sperry. Shoes for children jut out from wood-paneled wall displays, with kicks from Stride Rite, Nike Kids, and Skechers. An array of accessories rounds out each pair of footwear, such as plush Smartwool socks, therapeutic insoles, polishes, and weather proofers, which ward off damage from walks across puddles and waterbeds.