From the legendary former storefront known alternately as The Ravenite Social Club and Shoe, godfather John Gotti once decided who should be fitted for cement shoes and who shouldnt. Gotti and his crew are long gone, but you can still shop for shoes thereor at least for one particular brand. In the dons old haunt, a pair of handmade Cydwoq (pronounced sidewalk, naturally) sandals will run you about $212 these days, while a pair of low-cut boots go for $363. Gotti, a vain man given to chic mens wear during his brief reign of Mafia glory in the late 80s and early 90s, would appreciate this high-style approach. He might also approve that the new proprietors left the old tile floorcracks, red rosettes, and allin place. The stores full-length glass windows give tourists and passersby the one thing Gotti could never tolerate: a close-up look inside. You can fill a place with high-priced footwear, but you cant take the mob shadows out. Still the perfect spot for a sit-downnow, sans espresso.

Location Details

247 Mulberry St.
New York NY 10012
212-925-1735