Though being barefoot feels good at the beach or in the supermarket, humans should always wear shoes when walking on hot coals. Protect your little piggies with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get $75 worth of boutique footwear and accessories at City Soles in Wicker Park.
Featured in publications including Chicago magazine and Redbook, City Soles outfits pavement pounders with a range of footwear from boutique brands such as Coclico, Bernie Mev, and Bacco Bucci. Ladies may anticipate fall’s fierce rains with rubber boots by Bogs, or prime paws for the winter’s winds with taupe-hued Mustang ankle boots ($69.99), which feature soft Spanish leather and side zippers to facilitate easy access to stored gummy bears. Ankle-high Rockadelic shoes for men ($105) transform timid feet into too-cool-for-school stompers with worn leather and oiled suede textures, and shearling-lined Cushe surf slippers ($70 for women; $75 for men) pair fashionably with adopted hotel robes.
City Soles's selection of accessories aggrandizes appendages sans highlighter pens with a wide range of handbags, ties, tights, and jewelry. Take a load off on one of the store's colossal, comfy couches and let the knowledgeable staff guide you in the direction of stylish, supportive footwear suitable for heavy clogging.
The staff at City Soles takes footwear seriously, interviewing designers and critiquing limited-edition kicks on the store's own City Soles TV. In the store, staff members examine arches and measure foot length before pointing guests toward comfortable boots for walking to work or sneakers from Mjus. Plush black couches and helpful service encourage guests to try on multiple pairs of shoes before selecting the perfect footwear.