- Christian Louboutin
941 Madison Ave., 212-396-1884
59 Horatio St., 212-255-1910
If you’ve been in a situation where champagne was sipped from a shoe, it was likely a Louboutin ($495 to $2,800). With satin rosettes, leopard lace-ups, a sparkle here or a rhinestone there, they’re perfect for matching, accenting, or just walking away: Is there anything as sexy as the flash of Louboutin’s crimson soles?
850 Madison Ave., 212-717-8220
Chloés can inspire otherwise sane New York women to do things like beg to be on a waiting list that ends with the grateful dropping of an enormous amount of cash (about $650). This season’s wooden platform sandals are already the object of lust, envy, and imitation. There will be knockoffs, but for true believers, there’s really only one.
- K. Jacques at Calypso
935 Madison Ave., 212-535-4100
Most New Yorkers will never visit the south of France, but we can still wear sexy, white-sand-worthy sandals. And K. Jacques’ St.-Tropez collection is the best: simple flats with a variety of leather details and classic styles from gladiator to thong. Starting at $120 a pair, they’re priced in this stratosphere—unlike a trip to St.-Tropez.
- Azzedine Alaïa at Jeffrey New York
449 W. 14th St., 212-206-1272
At first glance, a ballet flat is the most basic shoe shape out there. But Azzedine Alaïa delightfully twists the form so that the girlishness of the round-toe box is tempered by sexy toe cleavage. They come in lovely satin and leather (above, $470), and they’re absurdly sidewalk-friendly. The ideal counterpoint to the season’s other Important Look: the platform.
- Loeffler Randall At Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Ave., 212-753-7300
Loeffler Randall is a new brand, but in just two seasons, it’s become well known for the just-right roundish toes, sane heels, simple styling, and good colors. Whether it’s soft calfskin flats (above, $616) or reasonably stacked heels, its styles work in any context from trendy (over leggings or denim) to simply chic (with skirts and dresses).
Walk This Way
Our shoes of choice for five essential styles.
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).