Manhattan – Upper East Side
1034 Lexington Ave at 74th St
The biggest myth that Sex and the City perpetrated is that NYC women run around in sky-high stilettos all day. The realities of schlepping around the city are that unless you have a car service at your beck and call (or Mr. Big's limo) you're going to need some flats. European import Pretty Ballerinas specializes in an assortment of basic and embellished ballet flats for all your urban needs. This single-brand store looks like a teeny tiny ballet studio with Pepto-Bismal pink walls and an oversized framed mirror. Inside you'll find everything from basic black flats to wilder options like zebra-print shoes with hot-pink patent leather guitar appliqués. The average shoe is $225 and this spring the shop will start carrying gladiators, as well as other styles of sandals.
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