The Milwaukee Avenue strip may have hallmark cobbler shops like Fluevog and Steve Madden, but if you’re looking for a shoe with a little more, uhh, soul, walk a few steps south and you’ll hit Saint Alfred—a sneaker-phile’s emporium and artist’s gift shop that pairs the latest-edition footwear (Damien Hirst for Converse) next to imported vinyl collectibles. Although heavy on men’s fashion, the store stocks a sizable ladies selection with beloved brands and even better limited editions. If there was any patron of keeping your feet fresh and fashionable, Saint Alfred is hands-down a Chicago shrine.
1531 North Milwaukee
Best of Chicago 2010