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The Dressing Room Shoes

I always thought one of the best things about the Dressing Room, the Lincoln Square women's clothing boutique, was its collection of cute shoes. I guess I wasn't the only one: its owners just opened an offshoot devoted to footwear, bags, and other accessories a few doors down. Certain concessions must be made to the neighborhood demographic, so don't let the rack of Crocs by the front door scare you off—there are plenty of better-looking options for comfortable footwear, including basic sneaks by Superga in sage, burnt orange, and black ($82.50). There are also variations on Mary Janes with low, chunky heels, including a pair in a greenish damask-esque floral pattern by Not Rated ($48.50) and more sober gray T-straps by Biviel ($150.50). For something even more stylish, try Jeffrey Campbell's inexpensive takes on high-fashion looks, including a faux-snakeskin gladiator-inspired shoe with dauntingly high heels ($100.50) and skimmers in the same material decorated with three wooden rings at the toe ($74.50). The shop often stocks only one of each handbag and the staff reports that they "fly out the door." On a recent visit I spotted a $48.50 gray patent envelope clutch that looked like it would go with just about anything and a slouchy fabric tote with vertical strips of black, beige, and blue leather ($128.50) that looked boho but not too Rainbow Family. On the higher end were flat rectangular and square fold-up leather clutches adorned with studs by Rebel Designs ($172.50-$232.50). The NYC-based company also makes leather cuffs with buckles and giant buttons made of horn ($57.50-$68.50) that can make you look tough just squeezing nectarines at the farmers' market. Unless you're wearing Crocs. —Heather Kenny

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