NOTE: The Phli store is now closed but continues online and as a brand.
5210 S. Harper, (773)493-7454, phliworldwide.com [ratings]
Goods: Sneakers for men and women. Designers: In-house line Phli. Alife, Nike, K Swiss. Owner: Dave Jess, the brains behind local streetwear brand Phli, opened his shop five years ago. Vibe: Manager Jay describes the shop as an “Urban Gap.” Price Range: Shoes ring in at anywhere from $65-$350. The Look: Hip-hoppin’, no stoppin’. The Phli guy is looking casual yet hot, with all eyes turned to the super sweet, hard-to-find kicks on his feet. Shopper’s Perks: The stock here caters to a variety of sizes. “Some guys come in here looking for a 5X shirt; and some of the skateboarders come in looking for a medium shirt,” Jay says. “We have a range of people.”
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2008