Your dress shoes for work have become such a bore, your cold-weather boots are no longer functional, and you’re looking to revamp your style with some summertime shoes. Grab your wallet and get into shopping mode, because DC has some of the best local shops for carefree footwear, perfect for the warmer months. These DC shops are sure to steer you in the right direction for the season.

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Shoes on a Budget

1702 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-1122

If your shoe addiction doesn’t play nicely with your bank account, Secondi is the moderator you’ve been looking for. This consignment shop is a dream haven for women who are not only addicted to shoes, but also looking to stretch their dollars. Because of the large and varied selection found here, those facing the difficult task of finding the perfect shoe for a last minute occasion will also be in luck. The chic interior creates a welcomed vibe that encourages you to enjoy the hand-selected inventory that Secondi keeps in stock. Carrying some of the best brands, it’s no wonder that when frequenting this store you will usually run into some familiar faces shopping nearby.

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Contemporary Chic

3030 M St.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 625-0893

Cusp, a brand that was launched by Neiman Marcus back in 2006, has finally made its way to DC, and it’s the newest revelation in the Georgetown neighborhood. This contemporary boutique is reshaping experiences within the aftermarket storefronts that call this neighborhood home. The modern concept seeks to fill the lifestyle void many face when coming to the cross roads of affordability and availability, while the transcending interior within the store provides balance among the wardrobe for work, play and every hot spot in between. Because Cusp offers wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals and pumps, all perfect for summer and all in one location, this is the go-to-spot for those looking to completely re-vamp their summer shoe collections.

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Men’s Shoes
Streets of Georgetown

1254 Wisconsin Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 295-9098

This recent addition to the Georgetown scene offers some great, upscale attire that any man would be happy to have in his wardrobe. Carrying higher end brands such as Hickey Freeman and Christopher Blue, the quality sold here is worth the price. This summer you should be able to pick up a good pair of summer dress shoes for work or boat shoes for play that will not only last through the season, but also many summers to come.

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Designer Styles
Hu’s Shoes
3005 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0202

Hu’s Shoes is where you’ll find tons of designer labels, including Givenchy, Robert Clergerie, Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent. Summer styles range from gladiators and sandals to espadrilles and criss-cross wedges, so there’s a designer/style combo to fit any shoe-lovers tastes. Owner and designer Marlene Hu Aldaba brings her savvy fashion sense directly to DC fashionistas, so everything in her store is sure to please.

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Skater Shoes
Palace 5ive

2220 14th St.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-9008

For extreme sports lovers and boarders who are missing the snow, summer is synonymous with skate season. The best gem for skateboarders within the city limits creates a unique fusion of cool, without overdoing it by stocking some of the best skate kicks in the region. Located in the heart of the U Street Corridor, the location is ideal for those looking to shop and enjoy some great food options nearby. Palace 5ive is one of the biggest purported hangouts for skaters vested in the D.C. scene. Find brands from Vans, Converse and Huf for both men and women skaters at Palace 5ive.

Lorenzo Holmes is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on