Springtime in New York: What better time or place to bust out your favourite open-toe shoe? Led by our fierce feet—clad in the python-and-leather, Liz Cabral-designed FLARE x Aldo shoe—three FLARE editors strutted our way through Manhattan, from downtown to Harlem and all points in between. Here are the highlights, taken in from four extra inches above the ground:
Jumeirah Essex House (Central Park South)
Standing outside the lobby, waiting for the hotel’s complimentary car (which will take you anywhere in a 10-block radius), we found ourselves perched in a quintessential New York scene: Yellow cabs headed east and west, carriages clip-clopping along, Jazz in the air and Central Park sprawling at our doorstep. The central Midtown location is reason enough to stay at this luxe locale, but the preserved 1930s decor and the most helpful hotel staff we’ve ever met made us want to set up permanent residency.
The Met (Museum Mile)
While we witnessed more than one power woman traversing Central Park in stilettos, we were happy for our wedges as we cut through the urban oasis on our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum alone provides ample exercise opportunity and is best viewed in a free, hour-long tour.
Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District)
Located on the roof of the swish Standard hotel, the Boom Boom Room is the beating heart of the New York “scene,” reserved usually for athletes, models and the generally rich. While we marvelled at 360 views, a slick cocktail list and painfully handsome mixologists, our footwear kept company with an array of top label heels.
Schiller’s (Lower East Side)
The Lower East Side is where all the cool kids in New York go these days, and you’ll find the most stylish ones—hipsters, suits and college students alike—at this overflowing hip-meets-homey eatery. Naturally, we fit right in, and tucked in—to our sliders, mac and cheese and fresh fish—with gusto.
Bleecker Street (West Village)
Hands down, Bleecker is our favourite street in New York (possibly the world), and we spent our fair share of time stomping from one end of its western strip to the other. Burberry, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Magnolia Bakery—how could we not?