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Where to Find Commuter-Friendly Shoes in New York City Right Now

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One harsh truth about New York is that its unpredictable sidewalks and sweat-inducing subway steps wreak havoc on commuter's feet — only those with supernatural powers can crisscross the city's cruel, grate-filled pavement in stilettos. It'd be wise to dump any five-inch heel fantasies now, or risk land face first in street sludge.

But thankfully, street style in New York is so diverse, and being well-dressed doesn't necessarily dictate feet adorned in stilts. Flats, a sleek mule, or comfortable platforms are all fair game — you can even attend a gala in checkered Vans these days.

Everyone from high-end designers to mass retailers are embracing the importance of function these days, intertwining beauty and ease in commuter-friendly styles that don't require a footwear switch once you get to the office. Below, check out shoes that give your outfit an extra oomph without the pain and where you can buy them right now.

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Barneys New York

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Dries Van Noten embellished platform wedge sandals, $1,170
Lace-up pointed heels, $49.90
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Layered platform sandals, $135

Totokaelo

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Marni slingback platform wedge sandals, $1,020
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Slingback sandals, $24.99
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Alexander Wang

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Ameila studded sandals, $595

Urban Outfitters

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Jan flatform sandal, $69

SWORDS-SMITH

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Anne Thomas Williamsburg slingback, $275
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Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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Martina slide, $408
Intentionally Blank studio platform sandal, $199
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Wrap-over leather sneaker, $135
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Rachel Comey

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Lubbock sandals, $426
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Toga Pulla studded leather slingbacks, $395
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Barneys New York

Dries Van Noten embellished platform wedge sandals, $1,170

Zara

Photo: Zara
Lace-up pointed heels, $49.90
Photo: Zara

& Other Stories

Layered platform sandals, $135

Totokaelo

Photo: Totokaelo
Marni slingback platform wedge sandals, $1,020
Photo: Totokaelo

H&M

Photo: H&M
Slingback sandals, $24.99
Photo: H&M

Alexander Wang

Ameila studded sandals, $595

Urban Outfitters

Jan flatform sandal, $69

SWORDS-SMITH

Photo: SWORDS-SMITH
Anne Thomas Williamsburg slingback, $275
Photo: SWORDS-SMITH

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Martina slide, $408

Oak

Photo: Oak.
Intentionally Blank studio platform sandal, $199
Photo: Oak.

COS

Photo: COS
Wrap-over leather sneaker, $135
Photo: COS

Rachel Comey

Photo: Rachel Comey
Lubbock sandals, $426
Photo: Rachel Comey

Opening Ceremony

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Toga Pulla studded leather slingbacks, $395
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