81 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck, NY 516-466-2071
Talk about seductive. This place is a haute hybrid - part posh boutique (with its black crystal chandelier and rows of über-chic shoes and handbags), part bachelor pad (black lacquer shelves, animal hide rugs and a jaunty painting of Rat Packers Frank and Dino).
Great Neck native Steven Dann opened the 1,600-square-foot shop in 2005 and stocks it with Valentino, Ferragamo, Casadei, Tory Burch, Devi Kroell, Thakoon and more. And just in case the dazzling selection and hefty price tags leave you too stunned to pull out your credit card, there are inspirational sayings on the wall from shoe lovers like Oprah, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Dann, who works in the shop (he's the dapper, dark-haired chap) has offered items seen in the "Sex and the City" films (the Judith Leiber cupcake bag, Giuseppe Zanotti's fish sandals). But he's also creative in his own right, recently launching a private label business. A must-have from that line: his luxe riding boots.
The location is picturesque, on Great Neck's tree-lined main drag (a bit north of the LIRR station), though finding parking can be tough (bring quarters for the meters on Middle Neck).Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.