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Craig / April 29, 2004 2:00 PM

Boo. Bring back the jokes.

Naz / April 29, 2004 2:01 PM

Belmont Army Surplus is my number one stop for shoes.


Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.

amyc / April 29, 2004 2:13 PM

Remember the Alamo (Shoes)!

Andrew / April 29, 2004 2:18 PM

I'm all about the Alamo, although I've been known to check the selections at DSW down at Belmont and Halsted.

(Craig, the jokes aren't gone, just archived -- look over there on the right.)

Eamon / April 29, 2004 2:22 PM

A month ago, I bought my boots from instead of Belmont Army Surplus. First time in ten years. I'm glad I did, too: I got the mil-spec speedlaces for just ten bucks more than BAS charges for the civvy.

And my last pair of nice casual shoes came from Alamo. How odd.

I've purchased several pairs of dress shoes at the Men's Wearhouse and have been pretty happy with them. Comfortable as all get-out.

Ben / April 29, 2004 2:55 PM

After searching all over for some comfortable and stylish footwear, I finally broke down and visited Hannig's to purchase my Ecco Walkathons. The most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever owned…and also the most expensive. Let's hope they last.

Onid / April 29, 2004 3:13 PM

The pair I have on currently? DSW. My fancy, wear with my suit shoes I got at Payless. I had went to Detroit for my cousins wedding and remembered everything except my shoes and the first place I saw between the hotel and the church was a Payless so I stopped and bought a pair of dress shoes. I was kind of self conscious about them looking cheap but some elderly guy mentioned that my shoes looked "spiffy" and shiny. Since then I refer to those shoes as my "spiffy" shoes.

Jake / April 29, 2004 3:54 PM

I love how Alamo has about 30 old men working there at all times. You can't be in there for more than 15 seconds without someone asking if they can help you. That service! I always let them measure my foot with that cool metal contraption like from when I was a kid. My foot size hasn't changed in 18 years but I just love making sure I get that perfect fit...

heather / April 29, 2004 4:40 PM

I'm torn between the cheap cute shoes at Aldo (everywhere) and the gorgeous comfy shoes at Fluevog (wicker park).

either way, I have too many pairs. and they're all comfy.

PJ Chmiel / April 29, 2004 6:02 PM

I got 'em from (based in NYC), since Chicago has such a shit selection of quality vegan shoes for men. If anyone can recommend something local besides Payless, Chuck Taylors, hemp clogs or clunky skate shoes, I'm all ears. Belmont and Alamo both suck royally in this department, unfortunately.

Kris / April 29, 2004 6:06 PM

DSW and Nordstrom Rack. Hear, hear. Also the Steve Madden store in Water Tower Place, because I love Steve Madden shoes like Michael Jackson loves little boys.

Joe / April 29, 2004 9:39 PM

Being a (straight) guy, I cannot really connect with this question. So I am going to tell more jokes, and encourage the other (straight) guys to do the same.

Flashback 1995:
Knock Knock...
Who's there?
OJ who?
Cogratulations, you're on the jury

Therese / April 30, 2004 9:15 AM

Hmmm...well Joe, needing to tell us your sexual orientation isn't really the question, now, is it?
You're an annoying, suburban, shoeless, homophobe.

Pete / April 30, 2004 9:23 AM

I don't have to answer that...I mean, I'm pretty sure the guy was dead.

Roni / April 30, 2004 9:39 AM

Payless, Parade of Shoes (same thing), Target. Basically anywhere that sells shoes. If they fit, look fab, they are mine.

Cinnamon / April 30, 2004 11:06 AM

Yo, Joe! Even straight guys like comfortable shoes. You don't have to be a shoe horse to like comfort.
And comfort is what I go for. Alamo is close to home, and I've gotten a few pairs from Walker's Shoes in Evanston, cause they're close to work.

emily / April 30, 2004 11:24 AM

DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls and TJMaxx. I love me some discount shoes.

Ian / April 30, 2004 12:12 PM

I got this pair from J.Crew about two and a half years ago that I have worn into the ground. Literally, there is no sole left. Of course they don't make them for men anymore, so I'm considering purchasing the womens version they are so comfortable.

jen*nee / April 30, 2004 12:20 PM

Lady Foot Locker

Dave R / April 30, 2004 12:36 PM

>You're an annoying, suburban, shoeless, homophobe.

LOL Therese......pot, kettle: black

paul / April 30, 2004 12:56 PM

I get my shoes at Sportmart. Does that make me straight?

robin.. / April 30, 2004 12:57 PM

mooshoes! woo! i'm saving up right now for the 14-eye steel-toed boots. yum. no good vegan shoes to be consistently had in chicago, which surprises me, as i move into not wearing leather...

the shoes i've got on now are these beautiful, heavy steel-toed oxblood oxfords i obtained for 4 clams at the brown elephant. my second favourites are a pair of green 14-eye docs from shelley's of london, handed down from a girl i used to work with. they are 13 years old and soft as butter. second-hand shoes RULE.

+mojan. / April 30, 2004 4:27 PM

At the risk of sounding snobb-ay -- ITALY! Where else? Yup... big weak spot for Italian shoes. But no worries, I have my share of DSW and TJ Maxx shoes in my closet too. I'm not a total snob.

Therese / April 30, 2004 4:58 PM

Ah, I wish I could laugh, Dave. I really do. Maybe when people stop needing to point out that liking certain things (shoes) means that they're associated with homosexuals/women and that that is a bad, shameful or embarassing thing...maybe then I will laugh out loud. I'll laugh my proud, gay, city dwelling ass off.

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