SHOP­PING

Annabelle Mal­lia’s weak­nesses are cake, ear­rings, and yes, shoes!

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Shoe shops galore, sup­port­ing the old cliché that "women can never have enough shoes."

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can con­quer the world,” Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe once said. If this also rings true for you, we rec­om­mend adding th­ese stores to your Ber­lin shop­ping itin­er­ary. Ap­palled at the state of Ber­lin’s fash­ion scene when he came here in 1978, Ital­ian im­mi­grant Ric­cardo Car­tillone (www. ric­car­do­car­tillone.com) vowed to re­turn to his home coun­try and bring back the most mod­ern shoes for Ber­lin­ers to try on. With nine stores across the city, Car­tillone con­tin­ues com­mis­sion­ing small Ital­ian de­sign­ers to craft beau­ti­ful lace- ups, high heels, boots, and bal­leri­nas. For more of a cow­boy look, head to the large Buf­falo Boots (www.buf­falo-boots.com) show­room on Kur­fürs­ten­damm. This popular brand be­gan sell­ing its cow­boy boots in Ger­many in 1979, and has now evolved into a trendy in­ter­na­tional shoe la­bel. From the Wild West look to black biker boots, Buf­falo is also fa­mous for the sports shoes with plat­form mid­sole, which have adorned the feet of stars such as Cameron Diaz and The Spice Girls. An­other must- go des­ti­na­tion for Car­rie Bradshaw think-alikes has got to be Bu­dapester Schuhe (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 199/204, www. bu­dapester.eu), fea­tur­ing the clas­sic shoe with low-heels, wingtips, and Lyra per­fo­ra­tions, paired up with other high- end brands such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Prada. All three of their stores are on Ku’damm – one for the ladies, one for the men on the op­po­site side of the road, and an out­let store next door. At Navy­boot (Mall of Ber­lin, Leipziger Platz 12, www. navy­boot.com), you'll find time-tested shoes, man­u­fac­tured in su­pe­rior, re­li­able qual­ity that suit all foot shapes – an­kle boots, pumps, loafers, and sneak­ers as well, with bags to match. And if you’re look­ing for the com­fort­able yet cu­ri­ously fash­ion­able Ger­man san­dal, with the familiar chunky cork base and thick, buck­led straps, then head to the Birken­stock store (Neue Schön­hauser Str. 6-7, www.birken­stock.com) where you’ll find a huge as­sort­ment of Birken­stock san­dals in quirky and col­or­ful de­signs. Be­cause, as we all know, a girl can never have enough shoes.

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can con­quer the world."

Clock­wise from left: Navy­boot, Ric­cardo

Car­tillone, Buf­falo Boots, Birken­stock.

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