Do you need help choosing shoes for New York? See below for features that you want to have on your footwear.
In New York, you will be doing lots of walking or standing so be sure to have comfortable shoes to help in your exploration. If you plan to avoid walking a lot by using the subway, you will soon find out that you will be climbing up and down a lot of stairs to access the trains as some are elevated while others are underground. Also, wearing new shoes plus lots of walking can give you blisters so it is important to have a pair that is broken in as well.
Are you planning to visit a Broadway play or trendy nightclub? If so, you will want to have fancy shoes for the venue. For the nightclubs, you will want to have those that meets the nightclub’s dress code. If not, you may have a harder time getting access to nightclubs by security even if you purchased tickets in advanced or is on their VIP list.
If you are accustomed to wearing high heels that makes you taller than our Empire State Building, bring them along. Some females find that if they switch to flats to do lots of walking, their feet pays for it at the end of the day. Keep in mind that heels do not work well running up and down the stairs to catch your train especially if you have luggage or a toddler with you.
While at the JFK, LGA and EWR airport, you will be asked to remove your footwear for your return flight home so plan to have footwear that can easily slip off to save time getting to your flight. If possible, wear sandals in the line then put on your shoes or boots after you cleared security. When packing, leave gell shoe inserts at home as they are not permitted through security. Shoes constructed with gel heels (ie. running shoes) are however allowed and must be removed and screened by the TSA agents.
During the night and winter, it can be chilly in New York so plan to have shoes that can keep your feet warm. Doing so will also prevent you from getting sick while on your visit and save you a trip to the doctor or hospital. When selecting socks, wool works best over cotton.
To prevent yourself from getting sick due to wet feet, be sure to have shoes that are water resistant during the Spring should you be caught in the rain without an umbrella and melting snow suring the Winter. For added protection, use a spray that adds and added protection to the footwear but make sure it is approved by the shoe manufacture to avoid discoloration and other undesired results.
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