Most Sneaker stores in major cities are mostly for the Male connoisseur. But have You ever walked into a men’s boutique with your lady and she was bored because it was only a men’s boutique and there was nothing available for women? Well, on the North Side of Chicago, there is a store for both men and women called Solemates Chicago. Where You and your lady can come in and cop the latest in retro kicks that are hard to find. Or maybe, you can just cop the latest urban fashion for you and your girl.
I spoke to Brian, Owner of Solemates. He says, “The name Solemates came from a husband and wife kind of team and we’re both sneakerheads so we incorporated the ‘sole’ in to the original word ‘soulmates’ and changed it to solemates, because we both like shoes, the tradition, and just being around the culture of sneakers and street wear.”
The sneaker availability is pretty diverse. It ranges from Ice Creams, Nike Dunks, Air Jordan and OG Jordans, SB Dunks, Air Forces, Air Maxes, Adidas, Blazers, and many more goodies plus many accessories you don’t find very often at Chicago shops.
The most interesting part about Solemates was that the store was 50/50. It had a side for men and a side for women, without catering too much to one or the other. But Solemates doesn’t only sell sneakers. They also have several clothing brands for both men and women. There is also a reminiscing about Solemates that brings you back in early or late 90’s with little retro nick-nacks that brings the culture of hip hop back to life for a split second.
Brian says, “We also added clothing for men and women, which a lot of other stores don’t have: women’s streetwear, or a woman to do the buying for them who knows what women want with the fashion and that’s what we have at Solemates. My wife, Autumn, knows what she’s doing for the ladies”
Autumn,The Lady Connoisseur of Solemates that lays it down for the women says, “Solemates is a haven for couples to come. We have the ladies on one side and guys on the other. So, Ladies, theres no need to sit down while he’s shopping. Theres something here for all couples especially if you have the same interest so from art to accessories to authentic Nike bags”
Some of the clothing brands Solemates carries are:
Brooklyn Circus, Only store in the midwest that carries it
Not all Clothing and Accesories are Listed but there is way more available at Solemates.
Thank You, Brian and Autumn for the warm welcoming of sneakerfiles to your shop.
Article: Oscar Castillo AKA Wreckinkickz
Pix: Oscar Castillo AKA Wreckinkickz
2708 N. Halsted