Hey, St. Paul—there’s a new shoe store in city. Leo Footwear, cofounded by business house owners and near close friends Jill Erickson (of Spoils of Have on) and Kristie Case (Teeny Bee Boutique and Peregrine Kidswear) opens Friday in the Selby and Snelling community.

“We would go to market place alongside one another pre-COVID, and we’d search at footwear alongside one another. But there’s not a huge spot for most footwear in our shops,” Erickson suggests. “We had been pondering, gosh, we want there was someplace in our community to acquire footwear.”

In January, a space just down the block from equally of their shops opened up, and the dynamic duo made the leap.

“It’s comprehensive of footwear that make us pleased,” Erickson suggests of the store. “It’s been a total pleasure to acquire for. It’s enjoyable to bring another quality and aesthetic into the community.”

Offerings consist of compact-batch sandals made in Greece, handmade leather-based-and-wooden mules, artisan-crafted oxford booties, and more—plus a collection of components, like sun shades, socks, and statement shoelaces.

“We desired to stock comfy footwear that are inspiring—shoes you’d build an outfit all-around,” suggests Case.

The store’s glam vibe hits the inspiration take note, too—a wall of antique mirrors is guaranteed to be St. Paul’s new selfie location, and classic theater seats from the Orpheum increase a touch of character to the in any other case light-and-vibrant space. And whilst Case and Erickson previously have ecommerce up and working, they hope folks mostly store their picks in-retail store.

“We’re hunting for the antidote to on the net buying,” Case suggests. “We’re hunting to create a little something wherever you could come in and see a pair of footwear you’ve in no way seen in advance of, that you couldn’t discover on Amazon or Macy’s—that you wouldn’t even know to search for.”

If any person is up to the task of curating a absolutely unique—but nevertheless accessible—selection, it’s these business besties, who are component of the Selby and Snelling sisterhood we profiled pre-pandemic. The Leos (of class they are equally Leos born just eleven times aside) satisfied all-around a decade back, functioning at Evereve (again when it was identified as Warm Mama). “Kristie taught me how to goods,” Erickson suggests. “When she opened Teeny Bee [eight years back], I was her initially worker.”

They always regarded as every single other their unofficial business partner—so it was only a make a difference of time it grew to become formal. Hey, if the shoe fits—buy a whole lot of footwear, ideal?

1554 Selby Ave., St. Paul, leofootwearstpaul.com. For updates and hrs, abide by @leofootwearstpaul on Instagram.