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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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1. Barneys New York

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660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10173
(212) 826-8900
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Dries Van Noten embellished platform wedge sandals, $1,170

2. Zara

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1963 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-4272
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Lace-up pointed heels, $49.90
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3. & Other Stories

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575 Broadway, New York
NY, 10012
(646) 767-3063
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Layered platform sandals, $135

4. Totokaelo

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54 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(206) 623-3582
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Marni slingback platform wedge sandals, $1,020
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558 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(855) 466-7467
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Slingback sandals, $24.99
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6. Alexander Wang

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103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 977-9683
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Ameila studded sandals, $595

7. Urban Outfitters

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526 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
(646) 638-1646
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Jan flatform sandal, $69

8. SWORDS-SMITH

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98 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 599-2969
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Anne Thomas Williamsburg slingback, $275
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9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-6405
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Martina slide, $408

10. Oak

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28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 682-7899
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Intentionally Blank studio platform sandal, $199
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11. COS

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129 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
Wrap-over leather sneaker, $135
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12. Rachel Comey

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95 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-0455
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Lubbock sandals, $426
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13. Opening Ceremony

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35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2688
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Toga Pulla studded leather slingbacks, $395
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1. Barneys New York

660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10173
Dries Van Noten embellished platform wedge sandals, $1,170
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10173

2. Zara

1963 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Photo: Zara
Lace-up pointed heels, $49.90
1963 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

3. & Other Stories

575 Broadway, New York, NY, 10012
Layered platform sandals, $135
575 Broadway, New York
NY, 10012

4. Totokaelo

54 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Totokaelo
Marni slingback platform wedge sandals, $1,020
54 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

5. H&M

558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Photo: H&M
Slingback sandals, $24.99
558 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

6. Alexander Wang

103 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
Ameila studded sandals, $595
103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

7. Urban Outfitters

526 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Jan flatform sandal, $69
526 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

8. SWORDS-SMITH

98 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo: SWORDS-SMITH
Anne Thomas Williamsburg slingback, $275
98 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

123 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
Martina slide, $408
123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002

10. Oak

28 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Oak.
Intentionally Blank studio platform sandal, $199
28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012

11. COS

129 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: COS
Wrap-over leather sneaker, $135
129 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

12. Rachel Comey

95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Rachel Comey
Lubbock sandals, $426
95 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

13. Opening Ceremony

35 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
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Toga Pulla studded leather slingbacks, $395
35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013