As the editor in chief of blog Running With Heels
, Lauren Doyle logs her fair share of miles in sky-high stilettos. Between sitting down to interview Stuart Weitzman and keeping tabs on red-carpet footwear trends, she’s picked up a few tips for staying comfortable while looking fashionable: keep an emergency pair of heels at the office, wear inserts, and generously apply FootGloss
, a wax that prevents chafing and blisters. Of course, sometimes the best tip is to opt for a chic pair of flats. Below, in her own words, Lauren shares her favorite spring shoe trends—from the down to earth to the downright towering—and where to find them.
You need a good pair of flats for running around the city, and I refuse to buy them now unless they have a pointed toe. Matt Bernson, who is based in Tribeca, has created a warm-weather version of the smoking slipper that comes in dozens of great prints, though I really like this suede perforated version
For flat sandals, I am really into a minimalist leather look with a simple toe strap. Luckily, there are a ton of options at all price points. Etienne Aigner is set to open a flagship store this spring on Greene Street in SoHo. I love this mixed-media pair of leather and linen
Kork-Ease makes probably the most comfortable wedges I own, a necessity for spring and summer. They started in Brooklyn in 1953 and are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. The Bette
is a classic style that you can find at the family-owned Tip Top Shoes on the Upper West Side.
If you’re going to do metallic this spring in any form, go for a shiny mirrored version. The Piperlime store on Wooster Street has tons of options. I’m obsessed with this See by Chloe wedge
I am loving peep-toe mules for spring and for next fall, too. There are chic single-sole options popping up everywhere, but Carlo Pazolini
has a great platform style in their flagship SoHo store on Broadway if you’re looking for extra height.