The month of May brings with it lots of perks: that first long holiday weekend, the chance to sip rosé alfresco, and—above all else—spring shoes that let your fresh pedi shine. The latest arrivals have hit our shelves, and to welcome these sandals, espadrilles, party pumps, and wedges, we’re toasting them in an equally gleaming setting: the new Freds downtown. Now open for everything from lunch to cocktails, the restaurant in our Downtown Flagship provided the perfect backdrop for these standout steppers, as well as an opportunity to shift the focus to the real action happening below the tabletop.

Scroll on to see what happens when we pull back the tablecloth and reveal the rendezvous down below, and keep an eye peeled for a familiar face or two—you never know who you might run into when dining at Freds!

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Style opposites attract in edgy caged sandals and pristine jewel toned pumps—little do they know, they both ordered the Freds Chopped Chicken Salad, no onions, extra avo, dressing on the side.

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Caged Sandals / R13 Denim & Leather Jeans / NSF Lucas Short-Sleeve Sweatshirt / FONTANA MILANO 1915 Studded Pochette Belt Bag / BARNEYS NEW YORK Suede Rounded-Toe Pumps / 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Mixed-Media Skirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK XO JENNIFER MEYER Lace-Bottom Sweater / VALEXTRA City Wallet

Like mother like daughter: Felicia Walker Benson of ThisThatBeauty and her adorable mini-me Phoebe share impeccable taste, and a love for treats that come inside a certain black shopping bag.

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Kabuki Platform Wedge Sandals / BARNEYS NEW YORK Square-Eyelet Midi-Dress / GOLDEN GOOSE Francy Sneakers / DOLCE & GABBANA Lemon-Print Dress

What are the odds that they’re texting each other?

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GIANVITO ROSSI Rikki Wedge Sandals / RE/DONE High-Rise Crop Jeans / THE ELDER STATESMAN Cashmere Chelsea Sweater / BOOSTCASE iPhone® 6 Hybrid Power Case / TABITHA SIMMONS Sebille Cap-Toe Espadrilles / ATM ANTHONY THOMAS MELILLO Rib-Knit Midi-Dress / ROBERT CLERGERIE Paga Platform Oxfords / NILI LOTAN Crop Military Pants / THE ELDER STATESMAN Chunky-Knit Cashmere Pullover Sweater / SAINT LAURENT Gourmette Clous Bracelet

Aquazzura’s pom pom shoes have met their elegant, furry match in Jiff the Pom for a meeting of poms on poms on poms.

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AQUAZZURA “Pom Pom” Ankle-Tie Sandals / VICTOR ALFARO Cady Asymmetric Dress / TOMASINI PARIS Square-Detailed Shoulder Bag

Formal needn’t be fussy, and there’s never a bad time for Freds’ famous pommes frites.

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OLGANA La Delicate T-Strap Sandals

We’d know those stylish gams anywhere—it’s Ari Seth Cohen, founder of Advanced Style, dining with two of his ravishing muses, Ilona Royce Smithkin and Joyce Carpati in celebration of his new book launch: Older & Wiser.

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VALENTINO Embroidered Satin Bomber Jacket / DRIES VAN NOTEN Jacquard Peeler Trousers / VALENTINO Lug-Sole Bluchers / VALENTINO “Open” Sneakers / MANOLO BLAHNIK Satin Hangisi Pumps / RANDOM HOUSE Advanced Style: Older & Wiser / Ilona and Joyce wear their own clothing.

Both on the page and dining at Freds, Ilona and Joyce demonstrate that true style is both timeless and ageless—even if an occasional boost is sometimes needed.

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RANDOM HOUSE Advanced Style: Older & Wiser / VALENTINO “Open” Sneakers / MANOLO BLAHNIK Satin Hangisi Pumps

They share everything. Except dessert.

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ADIDAS X STELLA MCCARTNEY Pure Boost X Sneakers / ULTRACORE Tape-Detailed Microfiber Leggings / LIVE THE PROCESS Layered Tank / NIKE Roshe One Moire Sneakers / TORY SPORT Chevron Leggings / TORY SPORT Transparent Ripstop Anorak / TORY SPORT Convertible Bucket Bag

Birds of a feather flock together in bohemian natural materials like woven jute, natural cork, and unbleached canvas.

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ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS Mache Lace-Up Sandals / PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Floral Button-Front Gown / SAINT LAURENT SL 98 California Sunglasses / GIVENCHY Pandora Mini-Messenger / TABITHA SIMMONS Sebille Ankle-Strap Espadrilles / GABRIELA HEARST Embroidered Maxi Skirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK Rib-Knit Crop Sweater / FENDI Jewel-Bead-Embellished Sunglasses / PACO RABANNE 14#01 Seau Bucket Bag / OLIVER PEOPLES Gwynne Sunglasses / ULLA JOHNSON Magres Moccasins / ISABEL MARANT Tizy Tunic Dress / CHLOÉ Camille Wedge Mules / ALTUZARRA Chika Dress / BARTON PERRIERA Dalziel Sunglasses / GIANVITO ROSSI Southwestern-Embroidered Wedge Sandals / SIMON MILLER Hiko Wide-Leg Jeans / PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Combo Crewneck Sweater / KARA Tie Crossbody / MARNI Buckaroo Medium Crossbody Hobo

Pro tip: The corner table at Freds is the perfect spot for an incognito sneaker to power lunch heel quick change.

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GIANVITO ROSSI Cap-Toe Pumps / GOLDEN GOOSE Distressed Superstar Sneakers / PACO RABANNE 14#01 Cabas Tote / PACO RABANNE Tech-Piqué & Rib-Knit Slim Trousers

We know, Jiff—we have a hard time containing our excitement for new shoes too!

Jiff

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