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.
Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods
“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.”
Senior Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods
Senior Executive Buyer, Women’s Shoes
“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.“
Associate Buyer, Designer Shoes
“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.”
SVP, DMM, Women’s Accessories and Shoes
“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.”
Buyer, Women’s Developing Designer Shoes
Associate Buyer, Designer Handbags and Leather Goods
“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.“