After launching a successful Soho pop-up in 2013, this Chicago footwear brand has finally opened its first brick-and-mortar in Nolita—and we’re kind of stoked. The gimmick here is artwork for your feet (no, really). And although we generally consider all shoes to be masterpieces, the ones at this shop are hand-designed by a rotating set of contemporary artists—for truckloads less than a Matisse. Check out sneakers and slip-ons for women ($64–$95) and men ($68–98) by talents such as Jimmy Sheehan, JC Rivera, Meera Lee Patel and more. Plus limited-edition prints from designers the likes of Taka Cooper and Sentrock will also be up for grabs, in case you need your walls to match your shoes.
Nolita offers several standout boutiques, and many of them are our personal favorites. Among the best shops in the neighborhood, you’ll find stellar jewelry and shoe stores, which master the art of accessorizing. And in Little Italy, don’t pass up the chance to seek out the few remaining Italian food stores for fresh mozzarella and other delicacies once the shopping fatigue sets in.
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