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Best of Vail: Best Shoe Store

Heather Hower | For the Vail Daily
Ptarmigan Sports carries men’s, women’s and children’s shoes in causal, running, hiking and other styles. (Photo by Rachael Zimmerman)

1. Ptarmigan Sports

2. Vail Boot & Shoe

3. Colorado Footwear

The days of practical (read: ugly) shoes are way behind us, thank goodness. Ptarmigan Sports has melded the stylish with the sensible in its extensive shoe collection, showcased on the store's expansive wall. Each shoe seems more swoon-worthy than the last. Hiking boots with extra support, running shoes with tieless laces, winter boots with style and panache, clogs with grip — and that is just the start of the wall.

Come summer drool over the colorful flip-flops, open-toed sandals or stylish flats. Running shoes have never been so appealing, in colors, sizes and styles that fit even the strangest-shaped feet. The staff of outdoor explorers has suggestions and is ready to bring out a variety of sizes — and if on the off chance they don't have a size, they will order it up.

The shoe selection is not just for adults. Kids have learned that Ptarmigan is the place to go for water shoes and running shoes, kick-about loafers and flip-flops, too.

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