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Shoes in the City

We asked five industry insiders in NYC to test-drive our latest shoes, from punchy sandals to show-stopping heels. Watch the video and take our Shoes in the City quiz below!

Answer #1 to our Shoes in the City quiz is Ying Chu, Executive Beauty Director of Glamour Magazine! Ying dishes on her new post at the fashion glossy and her top shoe tips. Learn more about the makeup maven below.

Tell us a little about what you do at Glamour.

I oversee editorial beauty content for the brand — all things makeup, perfume, skin, hair. My typical day can range from interviewing a skin science researcher to being on a photo shoot with Pat McGrath.

What are some of your favorite NYC spots?

I have a matcha tea latte habit from Takahachi bakery in Tribeca. I am obsessed with Jen G’s classes at Kula Yoga. My hair spot is Serge Normant for John Frieda in Meatpacking (to see Serge or DJ). And I love to wander the photography halls at MOMA.

What is your favorite type of shoe and why?

Ninety percent of the time, it’s a heel that’s at least four inches tall. Don’t know if anyone I work with is onto my real height yet. They only know me by my fashion height!

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

I have on the nude Mabel sandals. They’re actually incredibly comfy! So I paired them with equally comfy pleated pants, a printed peplum top, and some of my favorite delicate jewelry. I feel like I could run a marathon in this getup!

What is your top shoe advice?

I don’t think you can ever have enough pairs—but I like to get my staples resoled once a year at Leather Spa. And as a beauty girl who rarely matches mani to toes, I love the novel idea of matching fingertips to shoes! I’m still searching for a fit with my Rebecca Minkoff Mabels, but Essie’s Topless & Barefoot and Jin Soon’s Nostalgia are in the running.

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

Classic stiletto — Pointy (at least for now).
A strappy, colorful (or metallic) number.
Platform wedge — to navigate sand and grass at summer parties without getting stuck!

What is your fondest shoe memory?

My first pair of pointe shoes (for ballet) as a kid. I wore a brand called Freeds and I remember loving the perfect nude-peachy tone; they weren’t too candy pink. And I recall laboring over the ever-so-crucial elastic and ribbon pairing for them!

Follow Ying on Twitter @yingchunyc.

Come back every day this week to find out the rest of the answers to our Shoes in the City quiz! We’re revealing the next It Girl on Tuesday, 2/26 at 3PM EST.