{Ask a Local} The Best Place to Shop for Shoes in Chicago

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Where to shop for shoes in Chicago

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L.M. asks, “Where in Chicago can I find a great deal on quality shoes?” Great question! Naturally, my first instinct is to direct you to local indies such as Lori’s Shoes and City Soles.

Lori’s Shoes has been a local favorite since their first shop opened in Lincoln Park. Now with three brick and mortar locations, plus a thriving online store, Lori’s is the go-to shoe shop for girls looking to score high style heels and fashionable flats. If you’re working within a tight budget try their always overflowing clearance section.

City Soles is for the girl or guy who’s looking for that avant-garde element. Expect hard to find euro-popular brands made with the softest, most plush leather. Sneakerfiles will love their high-quality selection of street style sneakers. As a bonus, City Soles plays up to their reputation by highlighting local designers and Chicago based shoemakers.

Not a local independently owned store but too good not to mention, Nordstrom Rack is definitely the undisputed champ of discount shoe stores. Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, L.A.M.B.? They’ve got em all for way less than you’d expect! Below are some shots from my own recent shoe shopping spree at the Rack. I’ve included prices to give you an idea of what their typical tag looks like.

where to shop for shoes in Chicago

Nordstrom Rack Shopping Spree

Salvatore Ferragamo Pacella Sandals $249. Found elsewhere for $750.

Salvatore Ferragamo Pacella Sandals $249. Found elsewhere for $750.

Where to shop for shoes in Chicago

Tory Burch $170. Found elsewhere for $325

Where to shop for shoes in Chicago

L.A.M.B. $200

Where to shop for shoes in Chicago

Tory Burch $160. Found elsewhere for $295.

BCBGeneration $70.

BCBGeneration $70

Kari Herrera is the creator of, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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