Best Place to Ignore the Recession

Best: Bang & Olufsen
1604 14th St. NW, (202) 232-4833
2nd Best: Hu’s Shoes
3005 M St. NW, (202) 342-0202
Hu’s Shoes hearkens back to a more carefree era—one when Carrie Bradshaw recklessly shopped her way through Manolos and Choos on a freelance writer’s salary. But in these dark times, the era of the “it” shoe (or bag, or sunglasses, or tiny sweater-wearing dog, for that matter) are long gone, replaced by recessionistas who thrift and host swap parties and secret spenders who fight label shame. Hu’s, however, continues blithely along with its undeniably gorgeous shoes, whose pre-recession prices taunt women on budgets as they begrudgingly continue on to Steve Madden. Love at first sight with a pair of, say, Sergio Rossi gladiator heels will set you back $995, but that’s pocket change compared to our first-place winner. To the customers of the brand-new Logan Circle Bang and Olufsen: If there were ever an acceptable time to buy an $11,000 home stereo, it’s not when the unemployment rate is nearing 8 percent.