Where's a good place to buy shoes such as loafers, boat shoes, desert shoes in NYC? I'm around the soho area.
Shoes in NYC
... Soho has bloomingdales and lots of other shoe stores.
You might want to head up to madison ave/park ave/5th avenue area for higher end shoes if that's what you're looking for.
Nordstrom Type Store = Go to Saks Fifth Avenue or Barneys
I'm not from NYC, but I agree there are numerous options from department stores to boutique type shops. I suggest taking some time to visit as many as possible. Bring a notepad and take some notes. Look at shoes even if they are outside your price range so you can compare the differences in quality and design. It doesn't hurt.