4341 N. Lincoln, (773)935-5511, traipseshoes.com [ratings]
Goods: Shoes for men and women as well as a select line of CYDWOQ bags. Designers: CYDWOQ, Cordani, Tsubo, Camper, Chie Mahara and Trippen. Owner: Margaret Jung had her heart set on opening a clothing store until she tried on a pair of CYDWOQ shoes. Now she travels the world to handpick shoes for her Lincoln Square boutique. Vibe: The small, sparsely decorated space can seem intimidating since there is no room for the salespeople to hide, but browsing is highly encouraged. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: A touch from Traipse would elevate a pair of sweats to the look of a laidback hipster.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009