Nothing but genuine joy will strike as you stroll up to Kron in Reykjavík, Iceland. Kron was conceived of by Hugrún Arnadottir and her husband, Magni Thorsteinsson in 2000. Nearly two decades later, Kron is still the place where the well heeled shop until they drop. The Kron shoetique is located on bustling Laugavegur, just a few blocks away from Hallgrímskirkja (Reykjavík’s famous towering skyscraper like church).
It’s hard not to swivel your head when you see Kron’s window display filled with quirky shoes for men, women and kids.
Handmade shoes from its own eponymous line (Kron by KRONKRON) come in outrageous color riots (check out Kron by KRONKRON’s KR1201 opt 1 and KR1209 opt 3 as just a few of the awesome heels you can snag online) and in just about every shape imaginable.
You’ll find espadrilles (that rival the handcrafted designs by La Manual Alpargatera in Spain), flats, platforms, sandals, stacked heels and even wedges.
“We’re not just making a normal pair of shoes,” says Hugrún Arnadottir, the designer and owner of Kron in Iceland (during an interview with lineup.shoes).
At Kron there is also a lovely selection of unique scarves and crazy tights from their in house label, Kronborg by KRONKRON.
European designers are well represented at Kron. You’ll see products from French brands like Aigle. Kron also carries a funky collection of socks from the chic French label Bonne Maison. The French connection at Kron should come as no surprise given that Árnadóttir graduated in 2000 as a fashion designer from Studio Berçot in Paris. From Spain you’ll see kicks from Camper and Chie Mihara, (a hip brand that is also carried by The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes, another little local shoe boutique we completely adore down under in Sydney, Australia).
If beauty and comfort are key style elements for you, you might want to consider meandering into Kron to see if you can find the perfect shoe souvenir. After all, chances are high that your closet got lonely while you were off exploring Iceland. Kron does have an online store and ships to the United States. (Standard international shipping takes about three to four weeks and costs 3,500 kr. Express international shipping takes three to five days and will run you about 8,000 kr.) We’ll bet you’ll have a hard time putting Kron’s pretties down once you put your paws on a pair. Just remind yourself that a VAT refund will help ease the pain if you do decide to pry open your wallet in Iceland.
Address: Laugavegur 48
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Phone: +354 551 8388
Prices (All in Icelandic Króna or ISK): Shoes from 6,900 to 71,900, Scarves 22,900, Socks 3,900 to 4,900, Tights 1,900 to 9,500