Palo Alto, California Footwear etc. Location

Palo Alto, California- PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Dear our loyal customers, after being your favorite Palo Alto shoe store for 37 years, the rent in this neighborhood has officially surpassed what our small, family-owned business can afford, and we have closed our Palo Alto location. The good news is our Los Altos, San Carlos and San Mateo locations are just minutes away. With sincere gratitude, we thank you for Walking your World in Our Shoes and we look forward to helping you at our other nearby locations. - The Footwear etc. Family

  • 463 University Avenue
  • Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • (650) 328-1122
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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How to Get Here

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We are located in downtown Palo Alto at 463 University Ave., just minutes from Stanford University and just across the street from Pluto's. Convenient routes to take to downtown Palo Alto include the 101 and El Camino Real.

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About Footwear etc. Palo Alto

The beating heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is an exciting place no matter what you’re in town for. Whether you’re working within the region’s vibrant tech industry, dining at one of the city’s fine restaurants or cycling around our one of our numerous parks, Palo Alto has a mixture of old-school California charm and cutting-edge innovation that echoes in Footwear etc.’s vast selection of useful and elegant shoes.

Footwear etc. is proud to be a part of such an exhilarating city and we welcome you to stop by. Just a few blocks from Palo Alto’s high-capacity Caltrain Station, it’s incredibly easy to access our store by rail from the north or south. You can also access our downtown store quite easily off El Camino Real or 101.

As soon as you step off University Ave. and into Footwear etc., you’ll immediately notice our extensive selection of comfortable, stylish wellness shoes from the industry’s top brands like Birkenstock, Dansko, Taos, New Balance, Naot and many more. Whether you’re looking for a sleek running sneaker for the park, a comfortable orthotic insert or a new dress boot for the office, we guarantee you’ll feel right at home as you’re guided from shoe to shoe by Footwear etc.’s well-informed staff.

Customers from all over the Silicon Valley come in for our award-winning service from Bay Area neighborhoods including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Atherton, Portola Valley, Fremont, Union City, Newark and more!

In This Store You'll Find...

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  • Women's and Men's Styles
  • Health and Wellness Footwear
  • Large Selection of Mephisto Shoes
  • Shoe Care and Accessories
  • Knowledgeable Sales Staff
  • Women's and Men's Dress Shoes
  • Products for Various Foot Conditions
  • Outdoor, Athletic and Waterproof Styles

Footwear etc. Palo Alto Customer Reviews

“For many years I bought my shoes at nearby N, famous for its shoe department. Not any more. This store has a far better selection, has salespeople who are incredibly patient and knowledgeable, and has a reasonable return policy. Their shoes are not cheap, but they aren't astronomically priced either. I feel I've received very good value in the two years I've been coming here.” -Nancy W.

“Hello, I visited your store in Palo Alto and Gordon assisted me. I have severe plantar fasciitis, that I have battled for a couple of years. I mean, my feet HURT! I have tried numerous shoes and been referred to physical therapy and other treatments. I have also tried a lot of different shoes. I even changed jobs to reduce time walking on concrete. I went into this store and this young person was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and listened to my story. He recommended a couple shoes and insoles, even though they were different than what I had in mind. I tried them and fell in love immediately with the Hoka. He also recommended insoles (I had tried different ones before and wasn't sure that they were for me); the Currex insoles he recommended felt like heaven. I wore the shoes directly to work and when I got home, my feed felt great! No pain, swelling or tiredness. Gordon, you are amazing! I'll be back for another pair very soon! Thanks again!” -Kat L.

“I was there earlier last week a gentleman named Sam helped me out. The store was exceptionally clean. I was greeted right away and he was listening to all of my foot issues. He measured my feet and brought out options for my foot problem. I enjoyed my shoe experience and I was happy this was so easy for me after being so miserable with my foot problems. Thank you Sam and Footwear etc. Amazing job and Sam quality salesmanship.” -Alfred B.

“This is the place if you want quality service by people who are knowledgeable, even passionate, about shoes. This true ten times if you have foot problems. This place was recommended to me by my podiatrist. I have foot problems. By the time I got there yesterday, my foot was in pain. I explained my problems and tried on many pairs of shoes. The salesperson's recommendations were spot on. I even learned a new way to tie my shoes! They sold me two pairs of shoes and I walked out the door pain free. I love my new shoes and this business. It is a pleasure shopping there!” -Parker D.