Six in the City: 6 Comfy Shoes & Cute Pairings Perfect for Exploring NYC

Anywhere in NYC is walking distance if you have enough time...and the right shoes!

I am on the way home from my shopping trip to New York. While there, my mom and I crossed a bunch of raw materials and supplies off our list, found some great new gems & goodies to work with, and also were able to browse the city, stores, & boutiques for some trend research.

I am so upset that I forgot to bring my FitBit with me. But according to my phone, we walked about 20,000 steps per day. This used to be the norm for me when I lived in NYC, but now that I'm a car-driving, princess-parking Southerner again, I don't accumulate nearly as many daily steps despite walking the dog and going to the gym.

I wore my chucks to walk around town- and after two days of stomping around the diamond and garment district, I found myself wincing in pain with every step. 

My husband is constantly trying to get me to opt for more comfortable footwear. But what can I say?!  I'm vain and want to look cute. I find myself complaining on the regular about wearing the wrong shoes. It took me months to recover from my 5 mile strappy sandal hike to find sunflowers this Summer. 

I kept telling my husband that I just was NOT the type of girl who wore sneakers anywhere aside of to the gym. However, being in New York introduced me to the whole concept of athleisure. What an amazing and beautiful term?! I had no idea there was a name for it! I used to wear yoga clothes around town to run errands (and order bagels) AS IF mayyyybe I just came from the gym and not the comfort of my bed.

Anyways, WOOP WOOP  for fashionable, dressed-up "exercise" clothing and accessories!

I thought I was being very responsible by packing chucks instead of my usual support-less, flat sandals. But I was mistaken and the Converse shoes murdered my feet. Before I totally throw Chucks under the bus for their thin, flat soles- know that my Chucks were purchased in early 2015 before they announced that after 100 years, they were redesigning their signature shoe to be more comfortable. But as Bloomberg so perfectly put it- "this oh-so high-tech innovation comes after "a billion sore feet."

I ended up shopping around for new shoes and was blown away at the cute looks and luxurious comfort of many of the atheleisure shoes available. I wanted to put together a list so that nobody would repeat my mistakes on vacation. These are some of my favorite walking shoes and would be great options to wear on your next adventure.



Six of my favorite low-cost, cute, & comfy shoes for exploring the city (all under $100)


1. Sanuk | Donna Hemp Sidewalk Surfers $55

  • Lightweight
  • Machine washable
  • Comfy insole 
  • Antimicrobial additive to footbed to reduce odor causing bacteria
  • Fabric is initially stiff, but breaks in after a wear or two

*Pairs great with blue jeans and fall florals like this Style & Co Printed Back-Tie Shirt on Macy' Adorn with Sea+Stone Pearl Earrings and Woven Tassel Bracelet.


2. Toms | Black Canvas Women's Classics $49.95

    • Lightweight
    • Washable
    • Perfect for casual outfits
    • Moderately comfy insole
    • Honest opinion is that my Sanuk's are cozier... but these will do the trick too!

    *Pairs with jeans or black pants and pink/beige sweatshirt (Image of Spendid Raglan-Ruffle Sweatshirt on Accessorize with Sea+Stone Blush Pearl Cluster Earrings.

    3. Merrell Women's Duskair Moc Smooth Fashion Sneaker $75

    • Durable traction
    • Air cushion heel absorbs shock & adds stability
    • Flexible top makes easy to pull on and off
    • Leather with rubber sole

    *Pairs great with white or blue jeans and this Whistles Embroidered Tasseled hoodie found on Accessorize with Sea+Stone Tibetan Picture Jasper Earrings!


    4. Sketcher's | Classic Cup - Canyon $70

    • Metallic, chic leather finish
    • Air-cooled memory foam insole
    • Flexible rubber outsole

    *Pairs great with jeans & a tee with Madewell jacket (image from Accessorize with Sea+Stone matte jasper, antler, & suede necklace.


    5. Sketcher's | Luxe Bob's Big Dreamer

    • Metallic faux leather with rhinestones *so they sparkle!*
    • Memory foam insole
    • Flexible rubber sole
    • Top elastic panel for easy slip on

    *Pairs great with black pants, white shirt, & color pop sweater, poncho, or wrap like this Halogen Convertible Cashmere Poncho (image from Accessorize with a one-of-a-kind pair of Sea+Stone sodalite earrings.

    6. Sketchers | Flex Appeal 2.0 Insights

    • Knit fabric with stretch
    • Padded heal with air-cooled memory foam insole
    • Lightweight rubber sole with traction
    • Sporty walking sneaker

    *Pairs great with black pants, white shirt, and draped sweater like this INC International Concepts Sweater on Macy' Accessorize with a dainty Sea+Stone opal, diamond, and pyrite necklace!



    Sanuk | Yoga Sling $38

    • Insoles made from literal yoga mat material
    • Perfect for warm weather
    • Available in 20 colors
    • Lightweight
    • Soft fabric strap

    *Pairs great with casual-chic shorts and a tee (Like these Lee Platinum Eloise Shorts from Macy' Accessorize with a Sea+Stone moonstone & antler necklace.

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      • Thanks for your recommendations for my NYC trip November 3rd!

        Louise Putney

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