Edgy streetwear and designer brands are giving Milan's Corso di Porta Ticinese—the strip near the Roman columns of San Lorenzo renowned for its custom shoes, leather goods, and clothing—a fresh identity. • Milanese fashionistas fight over the well-priced whimsical shoes and accessories (green ballerina slippers with Florentine lilies, ice cream-colored suede knee socks) at Mauro (no. 60; 39-02/8942-9167). • Manuela Menaldo, a former designer for Sisley and Harley-Davidson, selects sexy casual looks (plunge-neck, one-sleeve tops; silver-heeled ankle boots) for Civico 82 (no. 82; 39-02/8942-3810). • Trim trendsetters love Vanilla (no. 103; 39-02/5810-5041) for its teensy striped minis and sporty catsuits, while a less body-conscious clientele scours the checker-board shelves that hold polka-dot pumps and baggy, knotted T-shirts. • Les Tropeziennes (no. 107; 39-02/8942-3109) sells exotic flowers, along with Tania Ercoli's dizzyingly high heels and her collection of lingerie (with bow-tied shoes and bags to match), at its boudoir-like boutique. • By summer, denim-staple purveyors Marithé + François Girbaud (no. 48) and T-shirt pioneers Custo Barcelona (no. 58) will unveil their first Milan flagships here. This season's must-haves: jeans laser printed with floral side stripes at the former and dresses patched together from mismatched fabrics at the latter.
—Valerie Waterhouse