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Littles Super Shoe Store offers big selection

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002

What sometimes overlooked item can make or break a look• Shoes.

What is the point of spending hours on your makeup and dragging 12 different dresses from the closet before finding the right one, if you'll throw on any old pair of shoes before rushing out the door?

If your shoe wardrobe needs a makeover, or if you just can't get enough pumps, boots or clogs, Littles Super Shoe Store offers an impressive variety of styles from shoe designers all over the world.

"People who moved away say they can't find another store like it anywhere, and we have things they can't get anywhere else in the country," says Sonya Haber, store manager and accessory buyer.

The selection of shoes in the venerable Squirrel Hill shop is staggering, including cool back-to-school looks for young women, sensible loafers and the latest boots from Europe. Joel Sigal, the shop's owner, travels to Europe two to three times a year, visiting shoe showrooms and factories and bringing new looks to Pittsburgh.

And the look for fall is all about boots.

One of the newest items at Littles, for example, is retro boots from Shellys, an English company. The boots have a Victorian feel, with button details up the side and a short heel. The boots are available in antiqued leather and black leather and come in ankle ($124) and calf ($165) length.

Riding boots never seem to be out of fashion, and Littles carries two styles from Italian designer Franco Troise. The boots are available in black leather with black suede insets ($199) and black leather with two buckles ($225).

Also popular this year — as they were last year — are styles designed to look like bowling shoes. Merrell has designed a line of suede bowling shoes available in sky blue, sage green and black ($75). Ecco has produced its version of the suede bowling shoe in tan, gray and red ($90).

Boots with platform and stiletto heels and fun denim clogs with a Stars and Stripes detail ($54.95) are available for the younger crowd, or the young at heart. Retro tennis shoes from Puma and wrestling-style shoes from Diesel (ankle length $74.95, calf length $109.95) also are popular for those headed back to school.

Although Littles is best known for shoes, it is becoming an accessories hot spot.

A line of clothing from Breeke pairs unique tops with matching tote bags and clutches. The tops are detailed with an art pattern, such as a Renoir or Monet painting or a Rosie the Riveter poster ($40 to $60). The matching tote bags and limited-edition clutch purses range from $60 to $90.

Littles carries the work of Pittsburgh native Diane Gail, whose newest handbag is featured in the August issue of Redbook magazine. The handbag shows a corset influence, with a lace-up front. It's available in black, brown and light blue ($260).

If you can't decide on one handbag, try the Ocaba line, which gives you two handbags in one. All of the bags are completely reversible and can turn from a tote to a trapezoid-shaped bag thanks to some well-placed straps and Velcro ($120 to $148).

Although Littles carries some lines exclusively, the shop also stocks looks from popular designers Steve Madden, Clarks, Skechers and Dr. Martens, and orthopedic surgeon turned shoe designer Taryn Rose. The shop carries a large selection of children's and men's shoes and is known for catering to unusual sizes.

"We carry sizes and widths that you can't get anywhere else in the city," Haber says.

Littles Super Shoe Store


  • 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
  • 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.
  • (412) 521-3530.

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