By Angela Hazen
The perfect shoes mean a lot to a man. Whether having a night out on the town, walking into a business presentation or just going for a family outing, a man depends on the best comfort, fit and durability that he can find in his footwear. The right pair of shoes add style and confidence to any man’s look and overall appearance. Here are some of the places where Chicago men can find the best shoes around.
120 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Looking for a presentable pair of shoes for that big presentation? Make sure you go with quality, as well as style when choosing the perfect dress shoes for work. At Altman’s, the styles and options for men’s dress shoes and boots abound, and men with wide feet or hard-to-find sizes need not fret. The store carries Chicago’s biggest selection of sizes. As far as style goes, enjoy a selection that includes quality brands like Timberland, Florsheim, Sebago and Allen Edmonds. With a great pair of shoes from Altman’s, you can be assured you’re be dressed to impress.
2551 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
A night out at a Rush Street restaurant like Carmine’s may demand a fresh suit, a crisp haircut and a great pair of Italian shoes. Chicago men looking for fresh styles and high end designers go to V-Italia. Choose from leather walking shoes, hand stitched driving loafers or dress boots, all handmade in Italy, Brazil or Spain. Visually, the quality of the workmanship stands out, so you definitely get the bang for your buck. V-Italia makes shoes that get you noticed.
5321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Men have a lot to choose from on a shopping trip to Alamo shoes. This North Side store has been around for more than 30 years, so the experienced staff can handle fitting any size foot you kick at them. From athletic to casual footwear, there are finds that can be worn to a variety of excursions. Columbia and Sperry are some of the labels that can be found here, and they’re perfect for a day out to the Lincoln Park Zoo or walking the shore of Lake Michigan. With so many shoes to choose from, men coming to shop here for specific shoes may leave with a variety of selections that they didn’t expect to find.
Alcala’s Western Wear
1733 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Looking for the perfect Western boots? Designs like these are usually found South of the border, however Alcala’s Western Wear as authentically Western shoes and boots for men and women alike. If you are new to Western wear or not sure what suits you here, Alcala’s helpful staff can get the style that suits you best. Looking for a more unique pair of boots? Alcala’s has exotic options in alligator, ostrich and even stingray and eel! If you get them scuffed up, take them back to have them cleaned and conditioned for free. There won’t be a cowboy as good looking as you for miles around. If country bars or mechanical bull rides are in your future, stopping by Alcala’s is a must.
673 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Cole Haan had its start in Chicago, and has since become a world renowned company when it comes making quality, stylish footwear. Shoes for men from Cole Haan are classic and stand the test of time. Only the best materials are used, and just one look at one of the brand’s designs tells a tale of workmanship. With some of the products containing Nike Air Technology, like these stylish Air Yacht Club Boat shoes, the comfort of Cole Haan shoes are second to none. For some of the best made shoes in men’s fashion, try Cole Haan for some excellent choices.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.