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Saint Laurent "Amber" Patent-Leather Sandals
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I rarely wear heels over three inches since I don’t need the extra height (I’m 5'9) and much prefer the comfort of flat, but when an occasion calls for a stiletto, this is my go-to. Yes, they’re expensive, but they’re the only formal shoes you need in your closet since the neutral hue goes with absolutely everything and despite the skinny four-inch heel, your feet won’t start to throb until it’s time to go home.
Buy It! Saint Laurent Amber Patent-Leather Sandals, $595; net-a-porter.com
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Dear Frances Cross Mules
Emily Kirkpatrick, Assoicate Style News Editor: Typically, the only thing I hate more than a high heel is a mule. But somehow, Dear Frances has managed to cirumnavigate all of my feelings and craft the only shoe I am currently lusting over for spring. And now with a season full of black tie dressing ahead of me, I finally have an excuse to pull the trigger and actually buy a pair.
Buy It! Dear Frances Cross Mules in Butter, $430; shopspring.com
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Chinese Laundry Lavelle Heels
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: Chinese Laundry heels are my super secret find for weddings and big events. Trust me, I've worn extremely expensive heels many times, and have found that these under $100 styles are actually more comfortable than anything else I've tried (yes, even when worn all night!). I have these in black and silver and I get countless compliments—and since I'm skeeved out easily, I'm beyond please that I never have to take them off and go barefoot on the dancefloor!
Buy It! $79.95; chineselaundry.com
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Loeffler Randall 'Emi' Sandals
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I actually love weddings for giving me an excuse to break out my most beautiful (read: most painful) shoes, since I've all but retired them in everyday life. But for an occasion in which I really need to make it all day before changing into the provided dancefloor flip-flops, I swear by Loeffler Randall's low-heeled sandals, like this pretty, practical gold pair.
Buy It! Loeffler Randall "Emi" sandal, $325; loefflerrandall.com
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Stuart Weitzman Platform Sandals
Kami Phillips, E-Commerce Editor: I'm a huge fan of platform heels for all occasions - especially these from Stuart Weitzman (which also come in pink and light blue). Platform style heels give me the height I love (I'm only 5' 3") and because they have more cushion at the sole they aren't going to kill your feet. These are definitely my go-to heels for dancing the night away pain-free!
Buy It! The Sunblock Sandal, $455; stuartweitzman.com
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Loeffler Randall Vera Ruffled Suede Mule Sandal
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: A party isn’t a party until everyone is barefoot on the dance floor. But for those more demure weddings where it’d be rude to kick off your shoes in the name of love, I’m into these melon mules. The bright but neutral tone complements even the most celebratory dresses in my closet, while the chunky heel makes them impervious to any outdoor mishaps (if your spiky shoes have ever sunk into the grass during an outdoor ceremony, you know what I am talking about).
Buy It! $325; bergdorfgoodman.com
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Steve Madden Ankle-Strap Sandals
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: After I saw Natalie Portman in these shoes on just about every red carpet during awards season -- while several months pregnant! -- I knew they were just the thing I needed to wear to the next wedding on my calendar. And sure enough, they kept me on my feet all night long without a blister in sight.
Buy It! Steve Madden "Shanna" heel, $89.95; stevemadden.com
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Schutz Ankle-Tie Heels
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: I love these Schutz sandals -- the ankle tie gives my weak ankles the needed support, yet is simplistic enough that it doesn't distract from your ensemble(and depending on my dress, I sometimes tie them around my anke a second time instead of tying them in a bow, making them more simple). And becuase my boyfriend isn't Micahel Jordan and I'm 5'9, the 3"inch heel heght is perfect -- "high enough", but not too high, making them comfortable so that I can last in them all night (and still be shorter than my man)!
Buy It! $180; shopbop.com
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Steve Madden "Carrson" Sandal
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I'm the worst when it comes to heels. I love how they look, hate how they feel and usually last no more than a few hours in them. That all changed when I bought these sandals from Steve Madden. The chunky heel is just wide enough so I can dash around in them for hours on end without feeling an ounce of pain. Now I am stocking up on all the other fun colors the brand makes in this style too!
Buy It! Steve Madden Carrson Sandal, $89.95; nordstrom.com