Experience Shoes

★★★★★
  • 912 Alaskan Way

    Seattle, WA 98104

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  • 206-624-0960

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I have shopped at this store several times. the owner, Jim is phenomenal. he is iconic to downtown Seattle, and I'm sad to hear about the stores recent closure. I heard a rumor that Jim had passed and I was instantly in shock and

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I have shopped at this store several times. the owner, Jim is phenomenal. he is iconic to downtown Seattle, and I'm sad to hear about the stores recent closure. I heard a rumor that Jim had passed and I was instantly in shock and

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If I could give 0 stars, I would. Background: I have been dancing a long time. Many years, in fact. I have lived in Seattle for 10+ years, shopped at Experience for dance shoes in the past, and have had the same creepy experience as

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If I could give 0 stars, I would. Background: I have been dancing a long time. Many years, in fact. I have lived in Seattle for 10+ years, shopped at Experience for dance shoes in the past, and have had the same creepy experience as

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DO NOT SHOP HERE. Where do I begin?

I'm a fairly seasoned salsa dancer and I wanted get a couple of pairs of new shoes for variety. I currently wear Werner Kern Astas, very stylish comfortable shoes and I was looking for a similar style

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DO NOT SHOP HERE. Where do I begin?

I'm a fairly seasoned salsa dancer and I wanted get a couple of pairs of new shoes for variety. I currently wear Werner Kern Astas, very stylish comfortable shoes and I was looking for a similar style

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I was referred to Experience by a fellow salsa dancer and stopped by the store while on a visit to Seattle. I had a bit of trouble navigating the process. I was familiar with several brands of ballroom shoes and when I asked the store

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I was referred to Experience by a fellow salsa dancer and stopped by the store while on a visit to Seattle. I had a bit of trouble navigating the process. I was familiar with several brands of ballroom shoes and when I asked the store

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Experience Shoes Co. was recommended to me by my salsa instructor, and I went down after calling first to get more specific directions than the one she gave me. Jim directed me to park in the spaces nearest the building, and greeted me after I had an opportunity to wander through the store for a moment browsing, which is something I like in a retail shop.

Experience is a brightly lit, western-exposure second-floor shoe store. I suppose you could think it's a drag to have to climb some stairs to go shoe shopping, but given the nature of the buildings in the area, and that nowhere near Seattle's waterfront is there a "mall"-type building for specialty shoes, it was cool to enter a loft for specific shoe shopping. Jim Hadley, the owner, features Doc Marten's, stripper shoes, a tiny selection of jazz shoes (no ballet shoes), and rows and rows of salsa and tango shoes for women and men. He also has a nice selection of Stacy Adams for men, as well as a limited amount of apparel for dance.

I thought I'd be able to go in, grab a pair of shoes, and be onto my next errand within 20 minutes, but Mr. Hadley is a connoisseur of styling and comfort, and he re-sized my notion of what size shoe I wear, and pulled shoe after shoe for me to try on and walk around in. During this time, he regaled me with stories of his history from New York to Seattle. He is a person who says what's on his mind and without any padding--unlike his wonderful shoes. :) Truly, what better salesmanship could one ask for when looking for something that is going to take a lot of wear and tear--professionalism in shoe fit and a nice story to go with it? I was grateful that he didn't just let me take the first pair that fit.

Another specialty of Experience Shoes is the double-cushioned footbed on the salsa shoes. I have worn these shoes for a week now, almost daily for at least an hour of dance, and aside from the usual foot pain that I experience due to plantar fasciitis, the balls of my feet and my heels feel very well insulated. These are the most comfortable heels I own and I will buy any future dance shoes I need from Experience.

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Experience Shoes Co. was recommended to me by my salsa instructor, and I went down after calling first to get more specific directions than the one she gave me. Jim directed me to park in the spaces nearest the building, and greeted me after I had an opportunity to wander through the store for a moment browsing, which is something I like in a retail shop.

Experience is a brightly lit, western-exposure second-floor shoe store. I suppose you could think it's a drag to have to climb some stairs to go shoe shopping, but given the nature of the buildings in the area, and that nowhere near Seattle's waterfront is there a "mall"-type building for specialty shoes, it was cool to enter a loft for specific shoe shopping. Jim Hadley, the owner, features Doc Marten's, stripper shoes, a tiny selection of jazz shoes (no ballet shoes), and rows and rows of salsa and tango shoes for women and men. He also has a nice selection of Stacy Adams for men, as well as a limited amount of apparel for dance.

I thought I'd be able to go in, grab a pair of shoes, and be onto my next errand within 20 minutes, but Mr. Hadley is a connoisseur of styling and comfort, and he re-sized my notion of what size shoe I wear, and pulled shoe after shoe for me to try on and walk around in. During this time, he regaled me with stories of his history from New York to Seattle. He is a person who says what's on his mind and without any padding--unlike his wonderful shoes. :) Truly, what better salesmanship could one ask for when looking for something that is going to take a lot of wear and tear--professionalism in shoe fit and a nice story to go with it? I was grateful that he didn't just let me take the first pair that fit.

Another specialty of Experience Shoes is the double-cushioned footbed on the salsa shoes. I have worn these shoes for a week now, almost daily for at least an hour of dance, and aside from the usual foot pain that I experience due to plantar fasciitis, the balls of my feet and my heels feel very well insulated. These are the most comfortable heels I own and I will buy any future dance shoes I need from Experience.

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Experience Shoes Co. was recommended to me by my salsa instructor, and I went down after calling first to get more specific directions than the one she gave me. Jim directed me to park in the spaces nearest the building, and greeted me

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Experience Shoes Co. was recommended to me by my salsa instructor, and I went down after calling first to get more specific directions than the one she gave me. Jim directed me to park in the spaces nearest the building, and greeted me

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I love Experience Shoes! It's located in a really cool loft space on the Seattle waterfront directly across from the Ferry Terminal. They have tons of dance shoes to choose from - IN STOCK. I got a really sexy pair of golden salsa shoes with 3 inch heels and they are the most comfortable pair I own, My next purchase will be a pair of Zumba sneakers.

Not only are the dance shoes fabulous but the store is full of Dr. Martens, Gripfast Boots and super sexy stripper heels. Not that I could ever get away with wearing stripper heels, but I did tried on a pair of the 6 inchers and nearly broke my neck trying to walk in them. They're perfect for prostitutes, poledancers and drag queens. Or Halloween costumes!

Oh and there's free parking in front of the store! Unheard of for downtown.

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I love Experience Shoes! It's located in a really cool loft space on the Seattle waterfront directly across from the Ferry Terminal. They have tons of dance shoes to choose from - IN STOCK. I got a really sexy pair of golden salsa shoes with 3 inch heels and they are the most comfortable pair I own, My next purchase will be a pair of Zumba sneakers.

Not only are the dance shoes fabulous but the store is full of Dr. Martens, Gripfast Boots and super sexy stripper heels. Not that I could ever get away with wearing stripper heels, but I did tried on a pair of the 6 inchers and nearly broke my neck trying to walk in them. They're perfect for prostitutes, poledancers and drag queens. Or Halloween costumes!

Oh and there's free parking in front of the store! Unheard of for downtown.

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This continues to be THE place if you're in the market for Doc Martins. They have a larger selection than anywhere else you'll find in town. And their prices have always been very reasonable. I bet over the years I've bought 6 or 8 pairs here and came away satisfied every time.
They are located in a funky shop under the viaduct. Seems appropriate for them somehow.

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This continues to be THE place if you're in the market for Doc Martins. They have a larger selection than anywhere else you'll find in town. And their prices have always been very reasonable. I bet over the years I've bought 6 or 8 pairs here and came away satisfied every time.
They are located in a funky shop under the viaduct. Seems appropriate for them somehow.

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