When we heard that Christian Siriano’s new line for Payless was out, we had to check it out. We love when designers collaborate with discount retailers, even if everyone knows you’re really wearing Payless or Target, not anything legitimately fancy. Plus, he lives in Williamsburg. (Holla Chris! Do you read Brokelyn?) At the Atlantic Center store, they only had the Micola black, white and red swirly flats ($29.99) and the Geneva black peep-toe boots ($49.99) in my size. I tried on the boots first. While they’re a little too fierce for my wardrobe, they fit comfortably enough. After a few laps around the store, nothing rubbed the wrong way or poked me in a weird place. The flats, on the other hand, were a hot mess, and not in a good way, which is too bad because they are really cute, both in the print and in gold, right down to the turquoise piping around the insole. I took a few steps in them and the way they rubbed against my heel I practically had a blister before I could get them back in the box. And stiff fabric in shoes like these, you can’t break in. So is it just me, or has anyone actually successfully walked more than eight feet in these things?
One of the more commonly held themes (maybe even beliefs) about New York is that it is a pit of loneliness, where you can never feel more isolated while surrounded by millions of people. 30 Rock encapsulated New York’s uncanny ability to grind you down perfectly here. This can feel like a shitty city, especially during […]
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]