Fashion & Accessories

By Kim Taylor

If you’re a New Yorker, it’s likely you spend a fair amount of time walking and savoring the city’s unexpected sights and sounds. This trio of flats will brighten all of your Gotham treks this summer, and serve as an alternative to sandals.

The Ecco Kelly Woven Flat in silver is both comfortable and delicate, and ideal with casual dresses and skirts when temperatures and hems rise. Ecco offers a variety of other flats and sandals that fuse comfort with color and fashion for summer at and at In fact, Ecco is a reliable choice for pretty much every type of shoe you require due to high-quality construction and materials, and varied styles.

Hush Puppies was established in 1958, and has proliferated into a global brand ever since through its emphasis on casual comfort. The spring and summer lineup adds a layer of style too, with penny loafers in bright blue and red with leather soles, and flats in soft coral, tan and navy. Check out to view the impressive summer selections. These shoes are durable and well-made, which makes a difference in your comfort level when you’re walking miles around the city. You can be kind to your feet with Hush Puppies.

Chinese Laundry’s Get Down Ballet Flat in a poppy red is just the right accent for summer attire, and it’s surprisingly comfortable for hiking city streets. Available in black, with or without pink trim too, it’s just one of hundreds of offerings that will tempt for all seasons at

Ahnu is a high performance line for hikers, runners and other hardy active types, so it would follow that their casual flats are designed for the action-oriented. The Jackie, featured above, is an ultra-comfortable clog-tennis shoe hybrid, and Ahnu also offers yoga flats and beach flats for all of your glorious settings. Find them at; Ahnu supports an array of charities, too.

Choose a favorite color and pattern, and slip into your own pair of comfy flats.

Originally published June 2012
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