Picking out summertime shoes is one of the most fun and easy shopping experiences you can find. Unlike jeans where sizes are virtually useless, since they’re dependent upon the designer, fabric and 100 other different calculations in a code that’s impossible to break, shoes all follow the same laws when it comes to sizes. If you know your shoe size, nothing–not even a wait for the dressing room–can come between you and the perfect pair of new sandals, especially since you can try those strappy numbers on right out there on the showroom floor. These great stores specialize in one-of-a-kind shoes that will add color, fashion and fun to your summer wardrobe.

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Sole Sisters Detroit
87 East Canfield
Detroit, MI48201
(313) 831-9013

This adorable boutique on Canfield is all about personal style. Don a light dress, grab your favorite summertime clutch and head down to Sole Sisters, where the styling staff can create shoes to match your favorite purse, dresses or tops, all for a reasonable price. If you and your friends share your shoe obsessions, schedule a shoe party. Not only will you score 10 percent off your shoe purchase for hosting the in-store party, but you’ll also get to drink wine, snack on hors d’oeuvres and talk wedges, platforms and strappy stilettos with your closest friends. Is there a better way to spend a warm, summer evening?

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Burn Rubber
202 West Fourth St.
Royal Oak, MI48067
(248) 543-3000

Go to any summer hip-hop concert in Detroit and you’re likely to see guys sporting kicks from Burn Rubber boutique. That’s because the store carries the very latest limited-edition shoes that can usually only be found in fashion Meccas like New York or Chicago. Find the newest sneakers from Adidas, New Balance, Jordan and Nike this fashion forward store where men can talk shoes freely. This is also the kind of store where skaters and professional athletes like to hang out.

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The Shoe Lady
21900 Greenfield, Suite 206
Oak Park, MI  48237
(248) 973-7463

If it’s got to be couture this summer, you’ve got to check out The Shoe Lady this season. The colorful, designer options found in this 15 year old Detroit shop emulate the styles of shoe designers from the runways of New York, Paris and Milan. Find sky high wedges in fun color combos; pair a flashy fuchsia with a subdued seafoam green buckle, a suede stiletto with funky color blocking or a red slingback with a zebra print platform. The best part? While the shoes may make you appear like you’ve just stepped off a couture runway, the prices won’t drive you to take out a second mortgage on your home. The Shoe Lady is all about the budget.

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Bob’s Classic Kicks
4717 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI  48201
(313) 832-7513

This is a boutique for guys who are real sneaker heads. On the corner of Woodward and Forest, the rows of kicks include, Nike, Adidas and Reebok. The sneakers are perfect for summer and reflect the great city of Detroit by combining bright and vibrant colors with classic styles to pair the old school and the new. The store’s tan, lightweight mid tops with red striped soles from Nike are perfect for summer. Ladies who prefer to rock sneakers to sandals can also find stylish high tops, running shoes and sneakers at Bob’s.

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271 West Maple
Birminghham, MI  48009
(248) 258-0212

Located in beautiful downtown Birmingham, Tender is a luxury fashion boutique for women. With more than 3,000 square feet of shopping bliss, two-thirds of which is dedicated solely to shoes and purses, this is every shoe addict’s dream store. This is the place to find high end shoes from designers like Alberto Fermani, Nina Ricco and Alexander Wang. Find casual drape sandals for the park in classic taupe or salmon shades or get racy in slingback python lace-up heels from Jason Wu.

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As a news reporter for 25-years and an online writer for various publications, Rebecca Kelley is passionate about being a journalist. She currently resides in Michigan and writes exclusively for online publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.