Just because we work at Barneys doesn’t mean we don’t get as excited as everyone else when it comes to shoe shopping. Not only do we know the product inside and out—hours of working closely with the designers and production on our own Barneys New York Collection keeps us well-educated on the subject—we also happen to have the best edit in the world at our fingertips. In a mission to give you a leg up on your own spring shopping pursuits, we rounded up a few team members, asked them to grab their favorite shoes of the season, and then took the whole crew out for a day in the wilds of NYC.

Going nude in Midtown
Scalloped suede and marabou feathers bring a soft and whimsical element to natural-toned steppers. Notes from the road-test: Mini block heel styles are cool and modern, not to mention a breeze to walk in.

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TABITHA SIMMONS “Pearl” Suede Ankle-Strap Sandals / ALEXANDER WANG Lou Suede & Feather Slide Sandals / FRAME Sasha P Le Original Jeans / GRLFRND Helena Patchwork Straight Crop Jeans

Wedged in with the guys at the Barneys Corporate HQ
Alchimia di Ballin brings the wedge heel to the forefront with a commanding debut collection for Spring ’17. Notes from the road-test: While this shoe felt appropriate for the office, they definitely have a bit of sex-appeal—making them a perfect day-to-night option.

ALCHIMIA DI BALLIN Castilli Quilted Leather Pumps / NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Leather Sleeveless Sheath Dress / FONTANA MILANO 1915 “A Lady” Satchel

Feeling dandy at The Fuller Building
The season of ankle-baring is upon us, and menswear-inspired flats are a smart look for transitioning into warmer days. Notes from the road-test: These shoes go with every single pair of jeans and pants we own.

MANOLO BLAHNIK Dipla Leopard Brocade Loafers / MAISON MARGIELA Oversized-Buckle Specchio Leather Mules / NILI LOTAN Frida Fringed Leather Jacket / NILI LOTAN East Hampton Frayed Trousers

Spring mule gathering at The Russian Tea Room
Barneys New York Collection’s satin bow-detailed mules are a feminine take on the popular spring shoe style. Notes from the road-test: These are incredibly light and make for excellent dancing shoes.

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Rose Bow-Detailed Satin Mules / BARNEYS NEW YORK Olive Bow-Detailed Satin Mules / JOURDEN Imperial Full Skirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK Velvet Chain Wallet / JOURDEN Striped Paisley Jacquard Shift Dress

Party at the Center For Fiction library
There’s nothing bookish about these hand-appliquéd Swarovski crystal heel pumps from Paul Andrew. Notes from the road-test: These were total head-turners.

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PAUL ANDREW Ankara Pumps

Black and white affair at The Kimpton Hotel Eventi
Graphic black and white in polka dots, stripes, and intricate braiding make for a playful look for cocktail hour and beyond. Notes from the road-test: Strappy versions of this trend add to the visual appeal.

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MANOLO BLAHNIK Amusba Sandals / STELLA LUNA Slingbacks / BARNEYS NEW YORK Striped-Platform Leather Slingback Sandals / PROENZA SCHOULER Jacquard Knife-Pleated Long Skirt

Shine bright at The Dream Downtown
Metallic and glittering shoes provide a dose of high-glamour to any party look. Notes from the road-test: Two pairs of shoes from this group that received extra gold stars from our team were Alexander White’s glitter heels, for their flattering cross-strap design, and Walter De Silva’s mind-bogglingly genius construction that simply defied the discomfort that can come from sky-high stiletto heels.

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MARC JACOBS Lust Platform Sandals / ALEXANDER WHITE Gabi Patent Leather Ankle-Strap Pumps / ALCHIMIA DI BALLIN Eryn Eel-Skin Platform Sandals / WALTER DE SILVA Leather Ankle-Tie Sandals / PIERRE HARDY Platform Wedge Loafers / WALTER DE SILVA Glitter Strappy Sandals / GRLFRND Karolina Distressed Skinny Jeans / GRLFRND Helena Straight Crop Jeans / MAISON MARGIELA Wool Twill Crop Trousers

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