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Best Men’s Shoes

Dan Brothers Shoes

1032 S. Charles St., (410) 752-8175

Men’s shoes aren’t half as exciting as women’s (but neither are our feet and legs). A lot of guys only buy shoes in an emergency: The duct-taped, holey things on your feet fell apart; you got a new job and need dress shoes; you’re going to your first rodeo. A trip to the shoe store can be a lot like going to the doctor—a necessary evil, sure to result in a couple days’ worth of blisters. Dan Brothers Shoes is to Baltimore’s shoe stores what Johns Hopkins is to medicine. Dan Brothers has been in Federal Hill for more than 70 years. They have everything from boating shoes to ornate cowboy boots made of exotic skins. But the selection feels almost curated; it’s not so vast it will befuddle you. The guys who work there are genial and relaxed. They don’t pressure you to buy, and will even steer you away from more expensive shoes, toward a cheaper model that’s just as good. Dan Brothers has good shoes, good prices, cool guys, no hassle, and a big dog that lumbers around. It’s pretty much exactly what a shoe store should be.

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