New York City has some of the best nightlife in the world—whether you prefer something slow, like catching up with friends over a delicious meal, or more of an adventure, like dancing until the sun comes up. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to be on your feet a lot as hopping across boroughs is pretty much a given. And, while Uber is nice and all, sometimes it’s best (for your bank account) to settle for a stroll or the subway. But that doesn’t mean your outfit needs to suffer! We polled tried-and-true New York City girls for their favorite shoes to hop around the city in at night, and their answers are all the proof we need.
Scroll down to find out which shoes they like best…
“I’m really short so I always opt for a really high shoe, but the ankle strap and closed portion on the front of this pair allows me to hop around town with minimal disturbance.” — Claire
“After years of sucking up the high heel thing, I’ve finally matured enough to realize flats are okay—even for a night out. I’m so much happier, and glittery pairs like these from Aquazurra keep the look fun.” — Donna
“I always prefer open-toed heels, even in the dead of winter. Luckily, this is not uncommon in NYC so it doesn’t seem weird. The velvet on this pair makes it more seasonally appropriate and I can stand for hours on this platform.” — Zoey
“To be quite frank, heels don’t last long in New York City—no matter how much they cost. I like to go for fast-fashion shoes on most nights out because I’d rather not wreck my pricey pieces. These Forever21’s are my fave.” — Laura
“I’m tall, so flats all the way, because why be uncomfortable if I don’t need to? I recently splurged on this pair and haven’t looked back.” — Zena
“As a Brit in NYC, I try to buy most of my pieces from overseas brands to stand out, and Finery has some of the best going out shoes. These are the MOST comfortable heels I own.” — Lucy
“Although this heel doesn’t look sturdy, the closed toe and wrap-around part make them so easy to dance in. I know platforms are considered better, but these are so light which I appreciate.” — Freya
“Every NYC girl needs a great going-out pair of ankle boots, and these are my current faves. They look just as good with skinny jeans as they do with a mini dress!” — Paige
“Like many NYC chicks, all of my shoes are black—except for this pair which I just got in an effort to change it up. I haven’t taken them off since they arrived and have no complaints about comfort!” —Noora
“I originally bought these for New Year’s but couldn’t resist wearing them out before then. They’ve successfully taken me to restaurants, bars and even a (dreaded) club—so I think they might be a new staple.” — Lydia
“I’m all about the low block heel for nights out in the city—it gives you a little height boost without killing your feet. What more do you need?” — Gemma
What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear for a night on the town? Let us know in the comments!