The city of Chicago has hundreds of amazing places to shop, but when you’re looking for shoes, there are amazing boutiques that can get you hooked up with the right footwear. From sneakers to dress shoes, the Second City comes second to no one in options. As a Chicagoan, here is my guide to the best shoe boutiques in the city, and maybe one or two in the suburbs.
Belmont Army (Lakeview, 855 W. Belmont Ave, Mon-Sat 11:00AM-8:00PM, Sun 12:00PM-6:00PM)
Belmont Army is the largest independent fashion boutique in the city, making it a favorite of mine. The four level shop sells everything from hip clothing to military surplus. My favorite floor, however, is the shoe floor. Whether you’re looking for a great pair of running sneakers or work boots, they have you covered. A massive variety of brands means that you will be coming back for more when you need new kicks. The atmosphere is very relaxed with great music always playing. You can always find someone to help you, but if you like to shop independently, you can also browse on your own. There is plenty of metered street parking and it’s just a few steps from the Belmont Red Line CTA stop and several bus stops. Check out their website: Belmont Army
Lori’s Shoes (Lincoln Park, 824 Armitage Ave, Mon-Thurs 11:00AM-7:00PM, Fri. 11:00-6:00PM, Sat. 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 12:00PM-5:00PM)
For the Chicago woman, Lori’s Shoes provides an awesome shopping experience. Lori’s carries incredibly fashionable brands, including my favorite Vince Camuto, and accessories to top off any outfit. The retailer carries higher end brands, so if you’re looking for quality chic shoes, this is the place for you. I love coming in and seeing the freshest trends and trying on new designer pieces. The atmosphere is a truly boutique environment with a friendly sales staff that can answer all of your questions. There is off street metered parking, but you can also get to Lori’s via the Brown or Purple line CTA train at the Armitage stop. Check out their website: Lori’s Shoes
Piggy Toes (Ravenswood, 4548 N Western Ave, Mon-Sat 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 11:00AM-5:00PM)
If you’re looking for shoes for your little one, look no further than Piggy Toes. I always check this shop out when looking for gifts for my nephews and niece but also for my own tiny feet. Piggy Toes has an excellent staff that is truly dedicated to making sure you have the best experience possible and find exactly the right shoe for your needs. The shop carries designer brand shoes for boys and girls infant through child. The environment is friendly and warm, and parents can be assured that their little ones will have a great time too. Be sure to check out their shoe fitting to help get the best size for your little one. Off street parking is available but you can also take the Brown Line CTA train to Western-Brown to get to the shop. Check out their website: Piggy Toes
Hanig’s Slipper Box (Lincoln Park, 2754 N. Clark Street, Mon-Fri 10:00AM-9:00PM, Sat. 9:00AM-7:00PM, Sun. 11:00AM-6:00PM)
Men and women can find amazing shoes at Hanig’s Slipper Box in Lincoln Park. The shop carries a variety of shoes from boots to sandals so you can get anything you need for all seasons or your vacations. The staff is warm and friendly, and the atmosphere has a small town feel in the big city. The building used to be a movie theater, so much of the vintage décor still exists and feels right at home alongside the footwear. If you’re looking for European brands, Hanig’s carries some that you can’t find almost anywhere except online. There is off street metered parking near Hanig’s and you can also hop on the Brown or Purple line CTA train to the Diversey or Wellington stops. Check out their website: Hanig’s Slipper Box
No matter what type of shoe you’re looking for, one of these boutiques probably has exactly what you need. When you visit Chicago, be sure to check out at least one of these shops for your footwear needs. Many of them are located near other amazing stores as well, so plan an outing and get your shop on. Just make sure to get some comfy shoes at your first stop so you don’t hurt those toes on your trek.