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Best Bets

Ralph Lauren’s Alexis d’Orsay pump. Plus, Bottega Veneta's suede trench, Payard's Louvre pastry, Jean-Louis Coquet's Hemisphere china...


The Best Bet
You’ve spent several months wading through slush in serviceable, weatherproof, but not exactly exciting, footwear—your first spring shoe should be frivolous and slightly impractical. Ralph Lauren’s Alexis d’Orsay pump, with its mix of cream canvas and silver lizard on a skinny stacked wood heel ($895; 212-606-2100), sums up the Daisy Buchanan spirit of the season. That pristine gleam may not last once the d’Orsay hits a few damp city sidewalks—but isn’t that what a spring fling is all about?