New York excels in many ways (not to sound biased), but it's not an easy city for your poor feet. New Yorkers spend an unusual amount of time outside trekking up and down and across the city, which means they're used to dealing with blisters, sweat, and even a rolled ankle on occasion. And come summer, no surprise here—hot, sweaty feet are simply a locational hazard.
knowing that even the most polished New Yorker needs to think about their footwear choices strategically, we're here to highlight the seven shoe styles that every New Yorker has sitting in their closet, ready to break out at a moment's notice. From cool-meets-cute sandals to trendy sneakers you can actually hit 10,000 steps in, you'll know just how to navigate the sweatiest days of summer with happy feet. Check it all out below.
Since NYC is a city where plenty of walking is required, comfortable block heels are a staple. Available in sizes 8 to 9. Available in sizes 6 to 10. If you're a boots devotee, the best style for summer is hands down a white boot. NYC's top trendsetters love to pair them with a simple dress for a cool, breezy ensemble. Available in size 5. Available in sizes 35.5 to 41. There's no season like summer for breaking out the bold colors and shoes are no exception. Available in sizes 36 to 39. A simple pair of white sneakers work with everything (from work dresses to casual shorts and a tee) and are comfortable for crisscrossing the city too. Available in sizes IT34 to IT42. Available in sizes 5 to 12. When heels are necessary, lower is usually better in NYC, which is why small kitten heels are ideal. Available in size 9. Available in sizes 6 to 10. Sure, there are simple sneakers, but New Yorkers are never ones to shy away from statement pieces, which is why chunky sneakers are a must-own too. Available in sizes 35 to 41. Available in sizes 6 to 10. Casual and cool: That's what makes sporty slides a must-own for New York's top trendsetters. Available in sizes 6 to 10. Available in sizes 35 to 38. Now you can trek NYC in style.