It was Benjamin Franklin who famously quipped, "Opposable thumbs, fancy shoes, and cookies for breakfast are the only things separating us from the animals." Affix some dignity to your feet with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 toward shoes, sandals, bags, and more at Lori's Designer Shoes. Choose from the following three locations: Chicago, Northfield, and Highland Park.
Lori's Designer Shoes owner Lori Andre hauls her heels to Europe on a biannual basis to sheathe feet and decorate dames with the latest in global fashion. Calves can show off their elevated form in the Pour La Victoire Jaclyn wedges ($248), while the non tippy-toed also can continuously exaggerate height with the Pelle Moda Franky heels ($162). Ward off bad karma with an Evil Eye pendant necklace ($28), or transport tiny goods with a Melie Bianco clutch ($58). Lori's colorful spring trend items prepare for seasonal prances through the neighbor's peonies in a pair of Jack by BB Dakota shorts ($48).
To truly understand what makes Lori's Shoes so special, it helps to take a walk in founder Lori Andre's shoes. That exchange of footwear would send you across the globe—from the biggest fashion houses of New York City to a small boot manufacturer in Florence. Every year, Andre travels to markets in America's biggest cities before she hops a plane to Europe and spends two to three weeks searching the storefronts of France, Italy, and the exclusive, secret VIP country located between France and Italy.
Andre's obsession with fashion has taken Lori's Shoes from a small Lincoln Park storefront in 1983 to a modern empire that includes three stores in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Each one contains an impressive bounty totaling thousands of women's shoes, boots, bags, and garments. The items' tags read like a who's who of the design world—Jeffrey Campbell, Frye, and Sam Edelman are just a few choice picks from the 200-plus names that fill the stores' shelves and tables. Sales staff keep a handle on it all: "its staffers are well-versed in current trends," noted Racked in placing Lori's on its list of The 38 Essential Chicago Shopping Experiences.