Locally-owned high quality shoe stores in Calgary worth checking out

Jan 11 2017, 5:16 pm

Shoe stores often fall into the category of chain stores with centralised branding and standardised business practices. We rarely think of the Mom & Pop shop selling Nikes or Toms. However, there is still a number of independent boutique storefronts that carry unique brands, sizes and styles in Calgary.

Luna Blue Shoes

Since its inception in 2008, the sister duo who owns Luna Blue has focused on stylish footwear. Their goal is to handpick items that inspire dapper fashion choices and have your feet looking fabulous. They also carry more than shoes – you’ll be happy to find clothes and accessories to match your new shoes!

Location: 2611 14th Street SW

Arnold Churgin

Many will recognise this store from local shopping malls. Seemingly a chain store, you may be surprised to learn that Arnold Churgin was founded in Calgary in 1964. Now operating in 4 locations (Downtown, Market Mall, Southcentre Mall and CrossIron), Arnold Churgin offers an extensive selection of high end footwear. They have has maintained a focus on quality and even offer their own exclusive brand of shoes.

Locations: Downtown – 227 8th Avenue SW; Market Mall; Southcentre Mall; CrossIron Mills Mall

Alberta Boot Company

You can’t have a list of shoe stores in Calgary without including a store for cowboy boots. Since opening in 1978 Alberta Boot Company has made all their western boots right here in Calgary. Their reputation is well known for high quality materials and outstanding customer service.

Location: 50 50th Avenue SE

CheckMate Shoes

CheckMate has a wide variety of shoes for everyone, and carries the widest variety of high quality Clarks in Canada. They are known for super friendly staff and carrying some hard to find sizes – including varying widths.

Willow Park Village – 10816 McLeod Trail S
Dalhousie Station – 173-5005 Dalhousie Dr NW


Starting as a small Calgary shoe store in 2009, KIX now has a lot more to offer. In their 11 stores across Alberta and BC, they now carry everything from designer shoes to leading clothing brands from across the globe.

Locations: CrossIron Mills Mall; Southcentre Mall; The Core Shopping Centre; Sunridge Mall

Sole to Soul Footwear

Sole to Soul Footwear / Facebook

Largely different from the stores mentioned above, Sole to Soul Footwear began as a provider of speciality footwear to support those with chronic pain and mobility issues. Today, they are widely recognised in the healthcare industry as a leader in making and fitting shoes. They specialise in ‘hard-to-fit’ clients and can assist with everyday issues such as arthritis, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, pinched nerves and stress fractures.

Locations: North Hill Centre; Southcentre Mall; West Hills Shopping Centre; and Kensington Road (1109A Kensington Road NW)

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