Gregory’s Fred Segal Melrose

Best Dressy Shoes, August 2012

Gregory’s has its own store on Robertson Boulevard with a broad assortment of handcrafted shoes, but at Gregory’s Fred Segal Melrose, 90 percent of the footwear requires Italian passports. Here you’ll find Prada, Versace, and Valentino as well as exclusive-to-Gregory’s limited editions from Le Silla and Gianmarco Lorenzi. Sales peeps share the scoop on anything you try on, be they platform wedges so sharp they could slice a tomato or gold-spiked metal booties. You have to act fast—styles sell out quickly (did you miss out on those suede Monica Corte wedge sneakers?). And if you’re worried about jumping the shark, the staff will keep you current: “Just sent those to [insert celebrity name here].” » 8100 Melrose Ave., L.A.