1531 N. Milwaukee, (773)486-7159, stalfred.com [ratings]
Goods: Premium sneakers in limited quantities, hard-to-find tees and caps. Sorry, ladies: Sixty percent of the stock is for guys. Designers: Limited-edition kicks from Visvim and Converse Red Line, t-shirts from Stussy, Bittersweet, Flip the Bird and Flying Coffins, Common Projects, Ransom, Leilow, 10 Deep, Rockers NYC, Huf, Married to the Mob and Futura Laboratories and hard to find line, Original Fake. Saint Alfred’s exclusive fitted caps are cool-kid status symbols. Owners: Sneaker gurus Ian Ginoza and Eddy Haus opened Saint Alfred following the success of their legendary Kicks/HI stores in Honolulu. Vibe: The sneaker-head heaven is tricked out with shelves made from vintage steamer trunks and an antique brass cash register. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: That street-savvy Montreal urbanite from your freshman-year dorm. Shopper’s Perks: When a new, coveted pair of kicks is on its way to the shop, Saint Alfred’s posts it on their Web site, giving customers the chance to phone-order.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009