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Shoes in the City

The fifth and final answer to our Shoes in the City quiz is Elana Fishman of Lucky Magazine! Whether she’s having tea at Bergdorfs or trying out a new sport (curling, anyone?), this It Girl is down for anything in the name of fashion. Learn more about Elana below.

Tell us a little about what you do at Lucky.

As Lucky’s Digital Fashion News Editor, I’m constantly writing up fashion industry news and putting together shopping features for Luckymag.com. When I’m not writing or editing, I love interviewing designers, actresses and musicians for our site, or heading out on a market appointment or two to see what’ll be in stores next season.

What are some of your favorite NYC spots?

My neighborhood—the Upper West Side—is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, cafés and bars. My sister and boyfriend are both vegetarians, so I do a lot of dinners and lunches at Peacefood Cafe on Amsterdam Ave. and Candle Cafe on upper Broadway. For drinks, I love enjoying a glass or two of white at The Tangled Vine. When I’m looking for an awesome weekend brunch, it’s all about Isabella’s on Columbus Ave—or, if I’m heading downtown, I go for Morandi or Hundred Acres.

What’s your favorite type of shoe and why?

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my ballet flat obsession—at 5’10, I usually choose flats over heels for both comfort and practicality. But I do love a good platform ankle bootie, so long as it’s relatively easy to walk in!

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

I’m wearing the Demetra in black—I just love that cubism-inspired laser-cut detail! Since they’re open-toed, I paired them with some textural grey tights to winterize the look. On top, I’ve got on my zip-front Theory dress and a Uniqlo Heattech turtleneck—a piece I live in all winter long. Can you tell I like dressing in head-to-toe neutrals?

As a shoe lover, what’s your best piece of advice about shoes?

Aim for quality, not quantity—but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on outrageously expensive pairs! In fact, some of my most-loved shoes have been pretty inexpensive. But look for footwear that isn’t too trendy and that you’ll get tons of mileage out of—classic flats, cool oxfords, wear-with-everything pumps—and your whole wardrobe will fall into place. When I’m putting together a look, I love not having to second-guess the shoe. Also, never buy shoes that are too small for you, thinking you can “make them work.” You can’t.

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

A perfect leather ballet flat, a flat knee-high riding boot and a classic black patent pump—round-toed or pointy-toed, whichever you prefer.

What is your fondest shoe memory?

Last year, I went on a two-week vacation in Italy with my parents, and my one non-negotiable for the trip is that we had to—HAD TO—visit the legendary Prada outlet near Florence. My dad wound up driving us an hour outside the city with not-so-great written directions—suffice it to say we got lost several times en route—and once we finally made it, we were pretty much the only English-speaking shoppers there. But I found the most amazing black patent flats with bows on the front, and for an absolute steal! I wear them constantly, and they’re a beautiful reminder of our funny family adventure.

Follow Elana on Twitter @elanafishman.

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