Best Place to Buy New Shoes
127 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, (703) 548-7105
The Shoe Hive hits a sweet spot for local accessory shopping: practical but pretty products for the working gal. Owner Elizabeth Todd has created a friendly boutique staffed by a crew eager to help customers complete outfits. Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Rachel Zoe, Sam Edelman, and AGL products can be found here, as well as fetching pendant and cluster necklaces. Want to play buyer? The Hive’s Facebook page routinely polls readers about brands and styles they would like to see in the store. And keep an eye on the Hive’s sale selection—you could walk away with a charming pair of shoes for under $100.