Photographed by Bek Andersen.

When the Barneys accessories team travels to Europe for market, they are not only tasked with taking in all the gorgeous collections for next season, they’ve also got to do a bit of preliminary work—strategizing how to maximize a few essential wardrobe pieces to last over two weeks and two countries. Knowing that they’ll be pounding the pavement between appointments, fashion shows, dinners—and hopefully, some sneak-away shopping—requires special scrutiny when it comes to footwear.

So what does an accessories buyer surrounded by shoes every day choose to wear on her own feet during countless days on the run between Milan and Paris? The Window tagged along to peep the team’s style and take notes on the steppers of the season that made the transcontinental cut. Below, seven road-tested shoes with exceptionally high marks in the categories of comfort and style.

HANNAH GALEAZZI
Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods

Hannah Galeazzi
ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE Leopard-Print Voile Caja Top / JAMES JEANS Twiggy / ISABEL MARANT Dicker Ankle Boots
Dicker Boots
ISABEL MARANT Dicker Ankle Boots

“I love a shoe that is both comfortable and stylish. Lo and behold—the Dicker! They are the ultimate transitional shoe—fall to spring, day to night, dress up or dress down. The sheer utility of this boot always guarantees them a spot in my suitcase.”
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MEISHA JONES
Senior Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods

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ULLA JOHNSON / J BRAND / AQUAZZURA
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AQUAZZURA


“I wore these subtly fringed Aquazzura heels all over Milan and Paris. They may not look it—since they’re a sexier shoe—but they’re exceptionally comfortable.”

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ANDREA TOCCO
Senior Executive Buyer, Women’s Shoes

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THE ROW Backpack / BARNEYS NEW YORK Jamie Mules
Barneys Mules
BARNEYS NEW YORK Jamie Mules

The mule is a key silhouette to have this season because the shape works so well with midi hemlines, cropped pants, and jeans. Our own style happens to be my favorite one out there. The extra strap keeps the shoe comfortably in place, and the heel is just the right height. It’s perfect.

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JOYCE LIN
Associate Buyer, Designer Shoes

Joyce Lin
SEA / MANOLO BLAHNIK Suede BB / FRAME DENIM Le Skinny De Jeanne – Film Noir
Manolo Blahnik BB Pump
MANOLO BLAHNIK Suede BB
Joyce Lin
SEA

“Being a heels girl, I love the shape of the classic Manolo BB best. It has the prettiest heel—a slim squared shape—and is an easy way to dress up any casual outfit.”

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SARAH BLAIR
SVP, DMM, Women’s Accessories and Shoes

Sarah Blair
BARNEYS NEW YORK Felted Car Coat / J BRAND / DELVAUX Givry Besace
Barneys shoes
BARNEYS NEW YORK Leopard-print Calfhair Milly Pumps

“Our Milly shoe is a feminine pump that’s meant for on-the-go days. The neutral pattern goes with everything, and the lower heel offers versatility.”

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JULIE LOSCO
Buyer, Women’s Developing Designer Shoes

Julie Losco
THEORY / REECE HUDSON Bowery Oversize Clutch / BARNEYS NEW YORK Petra Boots
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BARNEYS NEW YORK Petra Boots


“I can’t stress enough how comfortable these boots are. The knee-high style would add a bit of an edge to a T-shirt and jeans, but also pairs well with dresses for a perfect fall look.”

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MOLLY HOGWOOD
Associate Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods

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HELMUT LANG / MARNI Fringed Biker Clutch / J BRAND / ACNE Pistol Boots
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MARNI Fringed Biker Clutch
Acne Pistols
ACNE Pistol Boots

My Acne Pistol boots are a must-have for my Euro travels because they are the perfect heel height for long days, going to and from appointments all over the city. And since I live in all things black, these boots are a no-brainer when putting together outfits for whatever my work schedule may bring.

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