As of August 2008, Josephine is closed.
1405 N. Wells, (312)274-0359, josephineonline.com
Goods: Women’s shoes and bags. Designers: Chloé, Missoni, Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi, Tania Spinelli, Etro, Diana Broussard, Laurence Dacade, Jil Sander, Giambattista Valli and Martin Margiela. Owners: Twin sisters Nicole Shockley and Danielle Rego named the shoe salon after their glam grandma Josephine, whose motto was always leave the house looking amazing; you never know who you’ll meet. Vibe: Josephine feels like a straight-out-of-Beverly-Hills shoe salon from a bygone era. In the marble-paved, circular lounge, leopard-print pillows rest on a pink tasseled sofa; an elegant antique ashtray stands nearby and a crystal chandelier hovers above. Help is Old World, too (read: polite and attentive). Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. Shopper’s Perks: Stop by at sale-time to stock up on designer shoes for fifty-to-seventy-five percent off. The Thing for Spring: Color, wedges and platform shoes.