By Angela Hazen

Summer is a time for beach parties and picnics, and stylish women want to look their best at every event. For some, the perfect shoes and sandals make an entire summer outfit complete. As the weather heats up, salons fill with women getting pedicures to complement the cutest sandals of the season. The hottest summer collections for shoes are now in stores, and Chicago has some of the best places to find them.

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City Soles
2001 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-2001

Whatever your personal style, City Soles is sure to have something to match it. Styles here range from trendy to funky, but the high quality is always consistent. Looking for incredible platform wedges in the latest block colors? This place has an amazing assortment, including a cute pair from Ixos. Having trouble finding the perfect pair of sandals that can go from day to night? City Soles has pairs of wedge heels and t-straps by Vialis just waiting to be tried on. And to dress up comfy work flats, check out stylish, work appropriate vegan flats by Fiebiger for under $30. This is a must-visit when building up your summer shoe wardrobe.

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Alternatives Shoes
900 N. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-1545

Trendy, attractive sandals are everywhere at Alternatives Shoes. This Michigan Avenue store offers footwear that compete with any high end stores on the Magnificent Mile, but with prices that start at just $90. With quite a collection of Italian made shoes, there is something for even the distinguished shopper. This is where you’ll find stylish, high quality sandals that you will love to show off this summer.

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Salamander of Chicago
4740 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-7463

Looking for comfy sandals that can stand up to all the walking around at summer festivals? Search no further than Salamander of Chicago. This store’s shoes start at around $80, and keeps comfortable and supportive shoes a priority for its customers. Shop for cute dress sandals from Gabor with heels that are low enough to trek around in, but also feature elegant hibiscus flowers layered on the t-strap, making them perfect for summertime weddings. If you have a difficult time finding sandals and shoes that are comfortable and stylish at the same time, this store may be just for you.

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1000 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 248-1977

A Chicago favorite, Hanig’s is a shoe store that caters to the classic shopper. This store offers basic, but high quality designs. Italian made brands like Brunate and Bussoli make for the most comfortable European styles in summer shoe wear. Find sophisticated dress flats, lower cut wedges and sleek sandals for ladies for who love being stylish, but hate being a foot off the ground. Regular prices for sandals here can run above $100, so while the prices may be higher than other stores, the quality of the footwear at Hanig’s can’t be beat.

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Traipse Shoes
4341 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 935-5511

Traipse always ensures it’s stocked with the latest seasonal styles, so come summertime, you can walk right in expecting to find modern trends perfect for warmer weather. Browse through cute Mary Janes in funky colors, strappy, textured sandals, cork wedges and patterned thong flats. Don’t forget to pick up a pair of stylish Trippens or casual Campers for the guys.

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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