From 1992 throughout the 2000s, this Irish chain had a store on Dublin’s Grafton Street, before the astronomical rents for retail space forced them out. (In 2013, Grafton Street was the 23rd most expensive main shopping street in the world, down from number five in 2008.) Faithful shoppers didn’t have to fret, though – their other Dublin stores remained, as did their shop in Cork city. Korky’s pride themselves on their originality, approaching the business of retail with what they perceive to be a little more creative flair than the bigger shoe chains. Their stock is accordingly stylish, counting brands like Rocket Dog, Puma and Vans.
Korky’s Shoes, 4 Henry St, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 873 1359
The hardworking family behind Camper have dedicated themselves to making shoes for four generations. In 1877, cobbler Antonio Flux travelled to England from Mallorca to learn about industrial manufacturing methods. Returning to the town of Inca, Mallorca – also known as the ‘city of leather’ – he, in turn, taught these methods to its skilled craftsmen. His son Lorenzo, born in a shoe factory, studied under his father and later passed that knowledge on to his own son – another Lorenzo – who established Camper in 1975. Today, their Dublin outlet offers an impressive edit of their well-made, high-quality footwear.
Camper, 10 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 707 1501
First established by Tom Graham in 1969, Grahams Shoes is still independently owned and now has five stores across Ireland, in Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary. As well as stocking a comprehensive range of ladies’ and men’s shoes, they are often cited as one of the best places in Dublin to get children’s footwear and are justifiably proud of the fact that some of the young customers they’ve had in the past have gone on to bring their own children here to be fit for their first pair of shoes.
Grahams Shoes, 22 Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 677 4645