Vamp Shoes

In L.A.'s Silverlake, a saucy little shoe shop puts its best foot forward. By Valery Joseph
vamp_instory.jpgSouthern California has come a long way since its flip-flop days. And in the city's continuous embodiment of sartorial elegance, a little shoe shop off the beaten boulevards has become a favored draw for serious footwear connoisseurs.
Vamp Shoes, a mid-century modern styled space in sync with its Neutra-inspired Silverlake environs, is one such outpost bringing a pure passion for exceptional footwear to the neighborhood. Opened two years ago by Silverlake local Florence Gan, the shop, she says, "is a reflection of its surroundings—clean, modern, and vintage-inspired." And, like most good retail ventures, her reasons for breaking ground were decidedly practical. "I've been living here in Silverlake for seven years and grew up in Los Angeles. I really believed Silverlake just needed a great shoe store in the mix, one that reflected the neighborhood's diversity and offered something for everyone."
As promised, the store is a wholly democratic affair, carrying a wide range of price points and styles: established indie footwear favorites such as Chie Mihara and Faryl Robin share space with local up-and-comers like Kim White, a Highland Park resident who fashions purses out of vintage fabrics. The result is a welcoming and accessible
mix, all housed in an airy 650-square-foot space. "Our customer appreciates details and good design," Florence explains, "But they appreciate comfort and affordability, too."
Vamp Shoes, 2841 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, or go to
In L.A.'s Silverlake, a saucy little shoe shop puts its best foot forward.

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