Pictured: Fendi colorblock perforated sandal.

To debunk the myth of ‘no pain, no glory’ when it comes to high heels and confident struts, we turned to seven well-heeled ladies from the Barneys team.

Known for their love of lofty heights and sleek style, this group of women—who are rarely spotted standing in one place—are learned experts on the shoes that let you have it all. Up ahead, discover the road-tested steppers our team will never take off. Bandaids, be banished—those fleshy appliqués needn’t be knocking ’round your feet again.


“Gianvito Rossi has somehow figured out how to make a very high, point-toe stiletto comfortable. Sounds suspect, but it’s true! I own them in black patent and suede. With the high back detail, they look even taller.” -Daniella Vitale

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“I find Givenchy shoes very comfortable in general, but these block heel sandals are perfect for city walking and look great with a clean summer wardrobe.” -Jennifer Sunwoo

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“I just recently discovered the joy of wearing a Giuseppe Zanotti heel. This sandal is the perfect marriage of comfort and metallic (which appeals to my inner Carmen Miranda).” -Wanda Colon

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“I don’t own a pair of Marsèll ankle boots yet, but during a recent resort appointment, I tried on almost every shoe in the showroom and I felt like I could run in every style.” -Tomoko Ogura

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“Nude, patent leather, and open-toe, these Manolo Blahnik ankle-strap sandals are classic, killer, and comfy at the same time.”

-Charlotte Blechman

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“You know a pump has excellent construction when the heel and the sole touch the ground at the same time. I even walk my dogs in these Manolo Blahnik suede BB pumps.” -Sarah Blair

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“I like to think of our Aquazzura XO shoe as a sensible heel disguised as a super chic sandal. The nude color is perfect for transitioning from summer to fall and the soft suede hugs the foot so comfortably—making these my go-to for market appointments.” -Andrea La Vine