New York City is a city made for walking. Manhattan is really an island and you can have a great time exploring the city, as long as you choose the correct shoes. If you like and work here, you need to choose the right shoes to get to the office and for fun time. New York City is also a city of many seasons and different weather, so you also need to take that into consideration when making a footwear choice. Here are the top 5 shoes ideal for New York City:
1. Hiking Boots
Hike NYC streets and Central Park: If you’ll be in town for awhile, heavy-soled shoes or boots come in handy. They’re for long walks, including climbing and roaming over rough terrain. On rainy days and with winter ice or snow on the ground, waterproof boots make your hiking feet stay warm and dry. Some hiking boots have a look like casual shoes, allowing you to wear them with business attire and not look like you’ve just come off the trail.
2. Formal shoes
Although the rules have eased from the days of tux and gown for dinner at the Russian Tea Room, and then on to Broadway to see Ethel Merman in “Gypsy.” Today, even with less formality, your shoes should match your casual, but dressy attire for the occasion. Black oxfords or wing-tips are always sensible for the man, and low-heeled pumps for the lady.
Sandals for strolling Manhattan streets are appropriate, but only if they have very thick soles and you walk carefully. Sidewalks can be very bumpy, and getting across streets is painful when the never-ceasing guys with the shovels and drills are out in force. Additionally, be careful if you happen to be out in early morning. That’s when the professional dog walkers are messing up the sidewalks, and protruding toes may have some unhappy moments. New York City can be very hot and humid during the summer, which is perfect time for sandals.
Sneakers are comfortable for jogging and running in streets and park lanes. They’re also the perfect fashion statement for just hanging in really hip bars in Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Be aware they are not appropriate for formal business meetings and many finer restaurants and clubs will not allow you to enter if you are wearing sneakers.
5. Waterproof Boots
New York City has a harsh winter, filled with snow and slush. They also have frequent rain that can leave streets flooded. To walk in New York City for business or pleasure you need a good, sturdy pair of waterproof boots for some occasions. If you are traveling to New York City during the winter, be sure to pack some, or rubber outerboots that go on over your shoes or boots to protect them from the elements.