shoes shop or shoe shop? Thanks.

asked Apr 30 '12 at 09:46 May New member

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At least in US English, it would be a shoe shop.  I know that may be confusing since you go to the shoe shop to buy shoes, and you generally don't go in to buy a single shoe.

link comment answered Apr 30 '12 at 11:54 Courtney Contributor

Where I live in the US, we say shoe store.  It is shoe, though, as Courtney states.  

link comment answered Apr 30 '12 at 12:11 Jody M. Expert

Without context, I can't be sure if you are talking about shop as a noun or a verb.  Since the others addressed using it as a noun, here are my thoughts about shop as a verb.


In the (very) informal, some might say that we are going to shoe shop, used much like the common phrase window shop.  This is using shop as a verb and shoe to describe what sort of shopping we are doing. More often, people will say they are going to go shopping for shoes.  If I have no money to spend, I might go window shopping for shoes. 

link answered Apr 30 '12 at 15:08 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Part One, Paragraph 2, Number 4 of the Code for Guys: Guys don't shop, guys buy. Ex: Female says, "I'm going grocery shopping." Male says, "I'm going to go buy some groceries." Early in our marriage my wife and I were invited to a horse shoe pitchin' party. She said, "We need to leave early to shop for beer and snacks." Me says out loud while beating chest, "Stop by store to buy beer and pork skins. One minute, 12 seconds car-to-store-to-car. No shop." Very efficient, we hairy creatures.

TolleyApr 30 '12 at 16:52

Okay, you & Lewis are excused. Courtney, Jody & I need to go do some shoe shopping.

Patty TApr 30 '12 at 17:06

Thank you kindly. Hey, Ozark! Meet me at the pub!

TolleyApr 30 '12 at 17:11

You're on, Patty!

Jody M.Apr 30 '12 at 19:49

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