About Us

I've always had a passion for (maybe an obsession with?) shoes. I started Lori's in July of '83 in a small storefront in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. After several expansions and a move, Lori's occupies nearly 4500 square feet stocked with thousands of shoes, boots, bags accessories and, most recently, apparel. We also have two suburban locations on Chicago's North Shore, as well as our website.

It took many fashion seasons but I've earned the respect of my industry peers for my taste and knowledge of styles and seasonal trends. In addition to shopping the markets in New York, Chicago and L.A., I spend 2-3 weeks in the spring and the fall on European excursions. In Paris, I'll explore the various arrondissement to shop the trends. Then to Florence, the city of my heart, for friends ("io parlo Italiano"), fashion and art. Finally, to Milan, To shop the market and bring back our "Italian Exclusives", shoes and boots featuring materials and trends that could only come from Italy.

I think a key to my success has always been my hands-on, personal approach to running my business. I've always been involved in every aspect of the business and I love working with and getting to know my customers. I've also been fortunate to have great staff, many of which have been with me for many years (even decades?!). We are committed to customer service and always strive to present our customers an amazing selection of quality, on-trend fashion at affordable prices.

Thank you to all our loyal customers who have made Lori's truly "the sole of Chicago."