I was expecting very nice, but on my first visit today Macy's Herald Square's new shoe department greatly surpassed my expectations. It's a beautiful new world on the second floor, and a bastion of serene surroundings.
Yes, I said "serene." I love Macy's Herald Square, and I love the bustle of the first floor. But arriving on the second floor one is immediately hit with some serious zen shoe shopping. It's glorious. It's beautiful. Shoes are everywhere. But not for a moment does a girl feel hemmed in, nor desperate to grab a salesperson. Salespeople are everywhere. Also, according to Twitter, Oprah was there today.
The Shoe Salon is on the Broadway side, and is not yet finished. But don't let that stop you from going now, because the floor is already full of tempting styles.
|A sale nook. So very calm and organized.|
One of my favorite parts of the new design is the circular boutiques of designer shoes that run down the center of the floor. But along the walls is another favorite: the sale nooks. Brilliant. If you remember the old shoe department, the sale racks were everywhere. This was a little overwhelming. Now you can sail gracefully from nook to nook, browsing the sale racks, without feeling like you missed that perfect pair of boots. Which I once did, right before fashion week, because I couldn't find the mate to that perfect boot. Tragic.
|The boot looked nothing like these Truth or Dare boots by Madonna. But I could go with those, too.|
I won't even talk about the new, hi-tech inventory and ordering system. For now, I'm just enjoying the aesthetics of a great shoe-shopping environment.
Macy's Herald Square
151 W. 34th Street