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Best Shops For Shoes In Chicago

Chicago is a city filled with walkers. Luckily Chicago is also filled with shoe stores filled to the brim with soles designed to keep your feet looking good and feeling happy. - Lisa Koivu

Lori's Designer Shoes

Lori's Designer Shoes

824 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773 )281-5655

Lori's is a Chicago institution! Stop in here to check out a great selection of the latest styles by both new and favorite designers. Be prepared though –- instead of looking at shoes on racks, they're piled high from the floor up at Lori's, making it easy to find your size. If you can't make it to one of Lori's three Chicago-land locations make sure to check out their impressive online store.


Fleet Feet Sports

1620 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Stop by Fleet Feet if you're in the market for a new pair of walking, running, or athletic shoes. Their selection can't be beat and they'll even take you through a few walking/running tests to make sure you're getting the right shoe for your foot and gait.



1659 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-6750

Pump carries a great selection of both mid-priced and designer shoes for women. You'll find brands like Jeffrey Campbell to BCBG to Miss Sixty, and everything in between. For the best deals, keep an eye out for their fabulous sales. And, here's an insider tip – sign up for their mailing list and get invited to fun private events!


Piggy Toes

4858 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-1122

Babies and children need shoes, too, and Piggy Toes has a great selection that includes some European imports. Piggy Toes can fit children's feet up to 12 years of age. Piggy Toes is your stop for children's footwear if you value quality over quantity. Brands sold here include Oilily, Umi, Morgan & Milo, Puma, and more.

Nine West Outlet

2739 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-9132

Everyone loves discount shoes! What's nice about the Nine West Outlet is that it's right in the middle of Lincoln Park/ Lakeview, meaning no need to trek to the suburbs in search of an outlet mall. The selection and the prices are usually pretty good, although you'll usually find the best deal on last season's shoes.


House of Sole

1237 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Il 60605
(312) 834-0909

House of Sole offers a range of shoes from a both international and U.S. based designers. Stop in to House of Sole and expand your shoe repertoire as you'll find designers such as Chie Mihara and Cydwoq. Though House of Sole is definitely all about the soles, they do have a selection of handbags and accessories as well.


Akira Footwear

122 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60686
(312) 346-3034

Akira Footwear is a fun shoe shopping destination because they have a little bit of everything. Trendy heels? Check. Winter boots (when the time is right)? Check. Expensive shoes? Check. Bargain-priced shoes? Check. If you're not sure what shoes are currently in style just walk around Akira Footwear for a bit and you will leave comfortably in the know, as this store tends to only stock each season's must-have footwear.

Lisa Koivu is the founder and editor of


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