11800 W. Broad St.
Second Place: Designer Shoe Warehouse
Third Place (Tie): Shoe Box and Nordstrom
While Saxon’s mammoth storefront in Short Pump is sandwiched among the usual corporate fare seen at any mall across the country, the operation remains as fiercely independent as it did when owner Gary Weiner’s father began his one-man shop in Richmond 61 years ago. Today, Weiner says you can walk in and find more than 200 brands and still feel the family-business atmosphere. “Our focus has always been to be one of the largest shoe stores, where people could find almost anything they need,” he says. “That philosophy has really panned out.” Designer Shoe Warehouse’s locations in Midlothian and Glen Allen offer deep discounts. The Shoe Box in the West End and Nordstrom at Short Pump Town Center both offer high-end fashion and customer service for those looking to splurge.