When you mention specialty shoe stores in Roanoke, Va., most people of a certain age will probably say Bush Flora. When I was a child in the 1960s, my grandmother took me to the Bush Flora location at 109 West Campbell, Ave., in downtown Roanoke. The building is empty now, but the Bush Flora logo remains, to this day.
I remember riding the elevator up to the second floor where children’s shoes were sold. I usually got a pair of Buster Brown shoes. Bush Flora would send cards on my birthday. The downtown location closed in the 1970s but the Towers Mall boutique is still going strong, at 2205 Colonial Ave, SW Roanoke. The phone number s 540-344-2300. I shopped at the Towers store many times with my husband and mother-in-law.
Bush Flora carries several brands of quality name brand shoes. My husband’s favorite are Stacy Adams. He has been purchasing these fine men’s shoes for decades. The staff at Bush Flora is always friendly and helpful. The shoes are on the pricey side, but well worth it. The Towers location is on the bus line. One bus stop is on the upper level near Bush Flora and another on the bottom level near Kroger.
Suit City is located at 4324 Electric rd., in Roanoke County, inside the Tanglewood Mall. The phone number is 540-7728287. There are two Valley Metro buses that stop at Taglewood mall. Suit City fills a void that has been left by at least 4 other shoe stores that have closed. They offer a wide variety of styles, color and sizes when it comes to fashionable footwear.
Most African American males in the Roanoke area, who dress up for church, have purchased suits and matching shoes at Suit City. This includes my husband and two sons. Suit City has name brand favorites in men’s dress shoes, including Bravado’s, Stacy Adams, and Georgio Brutini.
The Cobblers Wife is a shoe boutique, which is located at 5207 Bernard Dr., suite C, in S.W. Roanoke County. This is in the Penn Forrest neighborhood that is around the corner from Tanglewood Mall. It is not on the bus route.
This store sells a variety of shoes including; Merrel, Birkenstocks, Kenneth Cole, and, Sanita, which is the parent brand name for Dansko’s.. This is a small botique which is always stocked. They sell children sshoes, and nursing shoes.. The prices are a little high but the products hae high quality.
Yarid’s is a family owed shoe store that has been in business since 1918. Yarid’s is located at 4714 Starkey Rd., in Roanoke County, just around the bend from Tanglewood mall. This store is not on the bus route.
The phone number is 540-266-7750. Yarid’s specializes in fine footwear and accessories for men and women. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday.