11800 W. Broad St.
Second Place: Designer Shoe Warehouse
Third Place: Nordstrom
Saxon Shoes is dangerous ground for the shoe addict. Its shelves and stockroom hold so many pumps, loafers, sandals, boots, wingtips, oxfords and athletic shoes for the wide foot, the narrow foot, the teeny foot and the not-so-teeny foot that it creates momentary disorientation. In shoe-industry speak, company President Gary Weiner says Saxon is "the category-killer of branded footwear." Weiner grew up in Saxon's, which his parents launched in 1953. Mom, Gloria Weiner, still comes into the shop (and on a recent visit offers a free critique of her granddaughter's Toms). It remains one of the nation's largest independent shoe stores and recently was awarded Footwear Plus magazine's top Sit and Fits Plus award. (You sit. They fit.) Should you prefer a more independent experience, Designer Shoe Warehouse also brings in the votes, and Nordstrom remains a top spot among readers for fashion, service and, of course, rewards points.