Shoes in the City

Shoes in the City

27 February 2013

Answer #3 to our Shoes in the City quiz is Jen Rubio of Warby Parker! This online maven keeps the digi-sphere on its toes with her innovative ideas and on-point tweeting for Warby Parker. Learn more about Jen below.

Tell us a little about what you do at Warby Parker.

I head up our social media team and work on our strategy for community, partnerships, and content. It’s exciting to have a part in all of the big things happening this year for WP—product launches, the opening of our flagship store, our national tour, etc.

What are some of your favorite NYC spots?

My go-to dinner spots are Bianca or any of the Momofuku restaurants. I love bringing a big group to Spitzer’s or having one-on-one catch-ups in the courtyard at The Standard East Village during the day or The Bowery Hotel bar at night. I hide out at The Cloisters or Brooklyn Bridge Park on weekend days, but only after Bloody Marys at Joseph Leonard or Char No. 4.

What is your favorite type of shoe and why?

A black suede d’orsay pump with a very high heel is the most beautiful shoe. But more practically, my favorite is a leather sandal with a stacked heel—it’s pretty but practical. I’m short, so the heel is a must, but still comfy enough to run around the city all day!

Tell us about the shoe you’re wearing and how you styled it.

The detailing of the Stella sandal is remarkable—perfect for my simple, understated wardrobe. I love that you can wear it to add an interesting detail to an all-black outfit, or with a printed silk dress when the weather is balmier!

What is your top shoe advice?

Take care of them! Use the dust bags, keep them clean, get them resoled and fixed up every few seasons. A great pair of shoes can last forever if you do this. Note: I should probably take my own advice.

What three types of shoes should every girl have in her closet?

Nude pumps, black ankle boots, flats. If I only had to make do with three pairs, this is what I’d pick. Actually, I travel a lot and when I can’t squeeze more in my carry-on, I pare it down to these three shoes.

What is your fondest shoe memory?

Hiking Cinque Terre in Margiela sandals. We were planning on spending the day in Riomaggiore and doing the hike the next day, but we went for a walk after breakfast… and walked and walked and walked along the Italian coast along narrow terraces and olive groves, on dirt trails and steep stone stairs. Eight hours later, my feet were torn up and my sandals destroyed, but walking from village to village was stunning and one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever done.

Follow Jen on Twitter @Jennifer.