Where's a good place to buy shoes such as loafers, boat shoes, desert shoes in NYC? I'm around the soho area.
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... 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.