- Pierre Hardy
30 Jane St., nr. W. 4th St.; 646-449-0070
Manolo is known for his sculptural silhouettes, Louboutin for his red soles, and West Village newcomer Pierre Hardy is fast earning a rep for combining quality construction with dramatic shapes and surprising shades. The Parisian brand opened its first U.S. store in December, offering multistriped platforms, five-inch peep-toe pumps, color-block espadrilles, and watersnake heels on puzzle-piece displays. The investment is steep—from $600 for a wood-heeled wedge to $1,540 for a sandal modeled after the Manhattan skyline—but the impact is, too.
Best Splurge Shoes
From the 2011 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).