The store offers comfortable shoes that feel and look pretty fabulous
Admission: When people pitch me story ideas on comfortable shoes, I'm skeptical. And for good reason. Because let's face it-most shoes are either fabulous looking or fabulous feeling. (I spend an unreasonable chunk of my life trying to find the few that meet in the middle.)
So when I got word that Easton was becoming the newest home to Marmi Shoes, which specializes in "fashionable, quality footwear in hard to find sizes," I was curious about what I would find.
The verdict? I'm impressed. So much so that I can assure you I'll be back on my off hours to shop.
I spent a couple of hours yesterday with a few of their execs, talking and trying on shoes, and am wowed by the work that goes into their lines-many of which are designed by them and are exclusive to their stores. Sure, there are shoes there that your grandma will love… but pairs that you will, too. And for longer than two hours at a time.
"It's fashion that fits," says Risa Alper, the chain's director of operations. "Our shoes have some of the best comfort features you'll find."
They also come in sizes 4 to 13, and most are available in different widths.
The shop is hosting a grand opening party today through Sunday. Shoppers will enjoy refreshments, and anyone who donates a pair of gently worn women's or children's shoes will receive 10 percent off their purchase. (The donated shoes and 10 percent of proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless.)
Easton is the twenty-third Marmi store.
Here's a peek at a few of my favorite finds.
-Kristy Eckert , @kristyeckert