Pothus Buys Van Boven Shoes
Those denim-driven brands that are keeping indie shoe stores alive include, for women, Hunter rain boots, Sebago, Gentle Souls, and Eric Michael. For men, there are those Allen Edmonds brogues, and you can't get much more denim-driven than Wolverine. Made in Grand Rapids, these expensive, classically constructed leather work boots look like Red Wings that inherited old money and got a PhD.
Van Boven Shoes, 17 Nickels Arcade, 665-7240. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5.
[Originally published in November, 2013.]