AKIRA opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago in 2002 as a women's clothing store focusing on fashion-forward designs. In the years that followed, AKIRA expanded to open another 13 stores in the city and now sells shoes, accessories and a full line of clothing for both women and men. In what follows, you'll find out more about AKIRA's current line of affordable women's shoes.
AKIRA carries many different types of shoes by different designers, and prices can range from below $50 to high above $300. The Lorissa Peeptoe Spiked Heels by Sam Edelman in Snake Leather is one of AKIRA's boldest pumps. The shoe has pewter spikes and smoky gems all over its white body. The pump has a 1/2" platform and 4 1/2" heel. AKIRA also carries many of Jessica Simpson's more subdued shoes, including the JS-Endo in Black, a strappy platform sandal in patent leather with an adjustable ankle strap. The shoe has a 5 1/4" heel and 1 1/2" platform. For a retro look, pick up the Jeffrey Campbell Groovie, a rainbow platform sandal with buckle closure. The shoe has a 5" heel and crazy 3" platform.
The Ego and Greed Two Hundred is what AKIRA describes as a "flatworm" shoe, with a very high platform and a slightly raised heel; this black shoe has a 2 1/2" platform and 3" heel. The Gee WaWa Shannon Wedge is a punk shoe with a claw-like wee, 100% lambskin upper and lining and 5 1/2" heel. If you're on the market for a lower and more affordable shoe, get the Dollhouse Fivo in Red, a pair of flats with polka dot appliqué rosettes and double ankle straps with a back zip enclosure. The shoes look great and are one of AKIRA's most affordable pairs at just over $30.