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Eight Shops for Chic Summer Sandals in Chicago

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It's official: summer (the actual season) is here. And let's face it—summer in the city is hard to deal with for many reasons: the humidity, the tourists, the smells (especially in Wicker Park), to name a few. But there are lots of reasons summer makes us happy to live, too: the beach and lakefront playdates, gluttonous nights at Pinkberry, and of course smaller clothing. Included in the latter summertime reason for living is the footwear category of SANDALS.

So just for you, we've got eight of Chicago's most amazing shops where you can score the perfect pair of sandals. Whether you're searching for heeled strappy buddies or flats in a neon pastel that you can wear to North Ave Beach, you'll find it at one of the shops on this map.


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1. Stuart Weitzman

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540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
As one of the top names in the shoebootin' industry, Stuart Weitzman has been an innovator in the materials arena for decades. Stuart Weitzmans were some of the first to incorporate cork, vinyl, lucite and even wallpaper in his shoe design. So when it comes to making sandals, the brand obviously is a shoe-in.

2. Bloomingdale's

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900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-4460
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These orange Michael Kors flats here are just the tip of the iceberg at this newly remodeled and expanded shoe department. Since last year, take note-- it has moved to the third floor to feature new brands including Christian Dior, Giuseppe Zanotti, Chloe, Sigerson Morrison, Superga, and Nike.

3. Forever 21

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865 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 649-9525
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Because Christian Louboutins are just not on the list this season (for obvious reasons) how about a pair of faux neon yellow leather sandals for $8.50? Everything you'll shop at Forever 21 is definitely within your budget, on-trend and probably just as comfortable as that pair of Louboutins you're lusting after.

4. Nordstrom

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55 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1515
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The safest bet on this list is Nordstrom. Really, there's a huge variety of heel height, heel-to-strappyness-ratio and just some nice, shoes that hit everyone's sweet spot. Take this pair of $94.95 Sperry Sop-Siders; they're great for a picnic, barbecue, afternoon on the boat, mid-morning brunch, or after-work shopping excursion.

5. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

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3131 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 975-7182
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Smack dab in the middle of the Loop there's a DSW bragging about stocking more than 32,000 pairs. Sure that's all fine and dandy if you're downtown, but most of us live a little further out. There's a DSW in the South Loop at Roosevelt at Canal, but there's a larger sandal selection in Lakeview, being nearer to the lake, and all.

6. Christian Louboutin

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58 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
The sandals are spendy and the brand doesn't like to publicize sales. EVER. So to ensure yore getting a good deal, you'll need to call ahead: 312-337-8200. This is Chicago’s only freestanding boutique for the brand, residing in the newly converted Esquire Theater. Shop sandals with spikes and metallic everything from a flat to a heel.

7. Citysoles

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1566 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
1-888-GO-FUNKY
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Located at the most convenient intersection ever, City Soles, which is connected to Niche Footwear is another one of those summer sandal gold mines. The buyers go out of their way to score powerful, hard-to-find European, asian and American brands that do justice to the tagline 'Shoes for people with soul'.

8. AKIRA Downtown Footwear

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122 S State St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 346-3034
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The foundation of Akira has always been footwear, and the shop in The Loop has been slinging sandals from brands like Jeffrey Campbell, Melissa, Dolce Vita, Senso, Sam Edelman for more than 5 years.

1. Stuart Weitzman

540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
As one of the top names in the shoebootin' industry, Stuart Weitzman has been an innovator in the materials arena for decades. Stuart Weitzmans were some of the first to incorporate cork, vinyl, lucite and even wallpaper in his shoe design. So when it comes to making sandals, the brand obviously is a shoe-in.
540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

2. Bloomingdale's

900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
These orange Michael Kors flats here are just the tip of the iceberg at this newly remodeled and expanded shoe department. Since last year, take note-- it has moved to the third floor to feature new brands including Christian Dior, Giuseppe Zanotti, Chloe, Sigerson Morrison, Superga, and Nike.
900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Forever 21

865 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Because Christian Louboutins are just not on the list this season (for obvious reasons) how about a pair of faux neon yellow leather sandals for $8.50? Everything you'll shop at Forever 21 is definitely within your budget, on-trend and probably just as comfortable as that pair of Louboutins you're lusting after.
865 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

4. Nordstrom

55 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The safest bet on this list is Nordstrom. Really, there's a huge variety of heel height, heel-to-strappyness-ratio and just some nice, shoes that hit everyone's sweet spot. Take this pair of $94.95 Sperry Sop-Siders; they're great for a picnic, barbecue, afternoon on the boat, mid-morning brunch, or after-work shopping excursion.
55 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

5. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

3131 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Smack dab in the middle of the Loop there's a DSW bragging about stocking more than 32,000 pairs. Sure that's all fine and dandy if you're downtown, but most of us live a little further out. There's a DSW in the South Loop at Roosevelt at Canal, but there's a larger sandal selection in Lakeview, being nearer to the lake, and all.
3131 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Christian Louboutin

58 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611
The sandals are spendy and the brand doesn't like to publicize sales. EVER. So to ensure yore getting a good deal, you'll need to call ahead: 312-337-8200. This is Chicago’s only freestanding boutique for the brand, residing in the newly converted Esquire Theater. Shop sandals with spikes and metallic everything from a flat to a heel.
58 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Citysoles

1566 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Located at the most convenient intersection ever, City Soles, which is connected to Niche Footwear is another one of those summer sandal gold mines. The buyers go out of their way to score powerful, hard-to-find European, asian and American brands that do justice to the tagline 'Shoes for people with soul'.
1566 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. AKIRA Downtown Footwear

122 S State St, Chicago, IL 60603
The foundation of Akira has always been footwear, and the shop in The Loop has been slinging sandals from brands like Jeffrey Campbell, Melissa, Dolce Vita, Senso, Sam Edelman for more than 5 years.
122 S State St
Chicago, IL 60603