Chicago's 10 best shoe shops

Whether you're gearing up for a big walk or need new kicks for Saturday night, these ten stores have you covered

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A Pied is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Akira Footwear is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Barneys New York
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Bloomingdale's shoe department is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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City Soles is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Florodora Shoes is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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The Fifth Avenue Man inside Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago.

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Photograph: Marzena Abrahamik

L.K. Bennett is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Lori's Designer Shoes is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Nordstrom's shoe department is one of Chicago's best shoe stores.

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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York
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Barneys New York

Looking for new sandals, heels or flats? Check out our top ten shoe stores in Chicago for trendy shoes for women and shoes for men. There are plenty of great options in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park and more neighborhoods.

Lori's Designer Shoes and Accessories

In a collective quest for designer shoes at affordable prices, stylish women perilously navigate this Lincoln Park boutique's thigh-high stacks of shoeboxes. Discounts on Coclico, BCBG, Vis a Vie and Jeffrey Campbell make battling the crowd worth the exertion. It's easy to spot the store from down the block: Just look for bored husbands who'd rather not join a slew of frantic ladies fighting for deals.

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Lincoln Park

Akira–Lincoln Park Footwear

Critics' pick

Akira is a young Chicago fashionista’s dream—the perfect combination of youthful trends and affordability. The footwear stores are even more enthralling than the awesome men’s and women’s clothing stores, as new, innovative designers cover table tops with spiked boots and heel-less platforms. There are usually student-friendly sales going on and tons of new stock coming in.

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Lincoln Park

Nordstrom

This department store’s reputation for service is well-earned. Throughout four floors of shopping fun, pleasant clerks are helpful without being pushy. Returns are surprisingly hassle-free and there’s a shoe department the size of Montana selling every style, size and type of footwear you have ever imagained. The varied selection storewide is sure to please everyone from high-maintenance designer divas to no-fuss grumpy gramps.

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River North

Bloomingdale's

In the 900 North Michigan building, Bloomingdale's has everything you would expect from a big and notable department store, meaning a large makeup department; all styles and prices of women's dresse; an entire floor dedicated to trendy and pricey tops, denim and casual dresses for women; and a solid shoe department on the first floor. (While it's not as big as Nordstrom's or as designer-friendly as Barneys, Bloomie's shoe department is always a safe bet for great footwear.)

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Magnificent Mile

Florodora Shoes

Critics' pick

Housed in the same historic Monadnock Building as the original Florodora boutique, this sibling features a variety of women’s shoes from lines including Coclico, Ann Roth and Mea Shadow. In addition to kicks, the shop also includes handbags by Jesslyn Blake, jewelry by Rapt in Maille and Ozone hosiery. The storefront was actually occupied by a shoe store called Hassel’s about 100 years ago, so we like to think that the space is going back to its roots.

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Loop

City Soles

Critics' pick

Put your best foot forward by stepping into this double storefront. Ladies can pick up chic heels from Modern Vice and booties by Brako; while men can snag dress shoes from Damen Frost and loaders by Audacia. Style like this doesn’t come cheap (surprise, surprise), but keep your wallet handy for the amazing sales.

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Wicker Park

Barneys New York

Professionals, fashion lovers and socialites head to this beautiful and luxurious department for top designer and private label apparel: clothing, jewelery, bags, shoes and accessories. On the top level you'll find an amazing gift shop with goodies for babies, hostesses and birthday pals, plus Fred's restaurant, a favorite spot of ladies who lunch.

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Chicago

The Fifth Avenue Man

After closing in 2014, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store has reopened across the street as The Fifth Avenue Man, a store-within-a-store on the 6th and 7th floors of Saks. In the spacious and chic shop, you’ll find Burberry London suits ($1,195–$1,495) and looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Alexander McQueen and many more elite designers. The store also has an expanded denim section with looks from AG ($178 and up) and Rag & Bone ($255 and up), plus one of the largest men’s shoe sections in the Midwest.

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Magnificent Mile

L.K. Bennett

Critics' pick

Famous around the globe for being one of Kate Middleton's go-to brands, this London-based line specializes in perfectly tailored dresses, blouses, trousers and other gorgeous women's clothing. The Chicago boutique also sells luxurious leather handbags and shoes, including heels, flats and many of the wedges that Kate has been known to flaunt. Everything is pricey but perfect—kind of like Kate.

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Magnificent Mile

A Pied

Critics' pick

The charming A Pied isn't huge, but we always find something we love at this Roscoe Village women's shoe boutique: flats, booties, pumps, wellies, heels, sandals—you name it, owner Trudy Robinson has it. Even better: Her shoes are cute, comfortable and always unique. While you may not have heard of all the brands she sells, her shoes will definitely get you some attention.

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Roscoe Village

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