A shoe’s construction reflects its country of origin, which is why English loafers pair nicely with tweed jackets and American footwear goes well with pickup trucks. Sample a diverse selection of foot coverings with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of quality footwear at The Shoe Mill in Tempe.
For more than two decades, The Shoe Mill in historic downtown Tempe has bedecked feet with all varieties of stylish European comfort footwear. The shelf-lined walls display shoes made in France, Denmark, Holland, and an old man’s attic, all precision designed and crafted for comfy walks around town or across the European countryside. Surf-inspired Reef sandals ($30+) prepare earth pedals for a day at the beach, and classic Birkenstocks ($85–$120) allow the feet to breathe aboard simple cork-and-buckle-constructed trotter boats. Israeli-made Naot shoes and boots ($132+) benefit from the wisdom of millennia of sandstorms and leather crafting to firmly yet gently protect feet from the elements. The Shoe Mill fits footwear as snugly as desired, as evidenced by the toe-hugging Vibram Five Fingers ($80+), a shoe designed to combine the comfort of bare feet with the grip of a rubber sole and the protection from felt-tipped markers of a plaster cast.
The Shoe Mill
The Shoe Mill has specialized in stylish European footwear for more than two decades, earning the title of Best Comfortable Shoes from the Phoenix New Times in 2010. The store is in historic downtown Tempe, tucked inside the Casa Loma building. More than 100 years old, the structure was once inhabited by a hotel, and before that, a saloon for unaccompanied Keds and miscreant loafers.
With its origins as primarily a Birkenstock store, The Shoe Mill has since grown to stock shoes and handbags in such high-end brands as Mephisto and Taos. Israeli-made Naot shoes benefit from the wisdom of millennia of sandstorms and leather crafting to protect feet from the elements and clumsy camels, while Baggallini handbags are perfect for travel.