Wesley's Shoes, located in the Hyde Park Shopping Center, has been a Chicago destination of exciting footwear since 1970. We carry shoes for the life span of the entire family-infant, children, women and men- in a customer friendly, comfortable environment.
Today, we are the oldest ongoing African American-owned shoe store in the U.S. Alvin J. Wesley started the business back in 1970, when there were very few African American retailers. We have always been known for customer service, fine quality shoes, and hard to find sizes for the entire family. Over the years we have serviced and fitted many Chicagoans, including President and Mrs. Obama's daughters since they were born, Eric Clapton, Ebony Magazine founder John Johnson, Ramsey Lewis, and many more. While some of the families we have served include the famous and the not- so-famous, everyone is given 5-star treatment!
We are a throwback to the old days when you were personally sized and fitted for shoes, unlike the warehouse big-box stores of today, at Wesley's, we measure your feet using the most modern and scientific devices. We also are trained to fit you in customized orthotics, based on your arch and stress points.
Today our store is nestled away in the Hyde Park shopping Center, just blocks off the Univ. of Chicago Campus. We carry fine quality shoes from all over the world. Unique brands that all have one theme ...Comfort and Fashion.
We are also the exclusive Hyde Park drop-off site for Share your Soles, a non-profit organization dedicated to taking your old, slightly-worn shoes and redistributing them to families in areas of need, such as Haiti, Honduras, Peru and more.
The Wesley family is proud of the foundation and roots our father started. Stop by Wesley's Shoes when you are in the Chicago area for the finest comfort in shoes, sandals, boots, handbags and hosiery from around the world.
Share Your Soles
We are a Share Your Soles drop off point. Drop off gently worn shoes anytime to help people in need all over the world. Share Your Soles has delivered over 3 million pairs of shoe in 19 years. The story started in 1999, when Mona Purdy traveled to a remote village in Guatemala and participated in a local running race. While running through this impoverished community, she noticed little children with a black substance on their feet in place of shoes. She later came to find out it was hot tar. These children were putting hot tar on the soles of their feet because they had no shoes protecting them. On her way home, she met an American Orthopedic Surgeon who was visiting this particular village. He explained to her that with shoes, he would be less needed to regularly travel here. He was performing amputations of children’s infected limbs due to lack of protection on their feet. Learn more at https://shareyoursoles.org/