Readers’ Choice 2021: Shoes

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Shoes on Solano

(510) 525-3832  BERKELEY
(510) 823-2290  OAKLAND
(925) 300-3003 WALNUT CREEK

If you can’t find a comfortable shoe in this store, you probably can’t anywhere. The requirement of comfort, combined with the sense that shoes can be stylish as well as comfortable and well-made is what keeps shoppers coming back. With stores in Berkeley, Oakland and Walnut Creek, that’s the philosophy of CEO-owner Carol Fabretti. The store sells styles for women and children, including its own brand, SoleTerra Shoes, manufactured in Portugal. Shoes were always supposed to feel like this! Check out Shoes on Solano, a returning champ on the J. hit parade.



Footwear etc.


(800) 720-0572 •

Footwear etc. has six stores in the South Bay/Peninsula area and in Walnut Creek, plus an online operation. The company is a family-run business with the motto, “If it’s uncomfortable, we simply don’t sell it.” Styles range from outdoor shoes to slippers and sandals, with selections for men, women and children. They have the largest selection of MBT shoes and Vionic and get new shipments in every week from Arcopedico and Taos. They explore the latest, greatest brands such as Hoka One One. Merchandise go way beyond just shoes including hats, scarves, socks and other gifty-type items.

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