UPDATE: Heelz is planning to close, as of August 2008.
69 E. 16th, (312)235-0467, heelz.net
Goods: Italian shoes, accessories and apparel for women. Designers: Claudio Merazzi, Casadei, Giuseppe Zanotti, Luciano Padovan and Francesco Sacco. Owner: James Newsome spent years in retail management before opening the doors to his own foot-friendly boutique. Vibe: Shoes are meticulously showcased in spotlighted white shelving along the walls. Polished wood floors look none the worse for stiletto test-drives. Pink sofas invite shoppers to sink in and slide their feet into Italian leather. Price Range: Luxury. The Look: This Midwestern Imelda would rather forsake her rent than leave the house in flip-flops; she does her laundry in stiletto heels. Shopper’s Perks: Complimentary champagne brings an element of soiree to the shopping experience.