Buzzed/ Trend of the Day: Son Cubano

I wear a lot of boots, and unlike some spring hungry manhattanites, that excitedly tear open their locked away boxes filled with sandals and flip flops at the faintest sign of 55 degree weather, I myself will keep wearing boots till the calendar formally reads ‘spring begins’.

I also love wearing heels, however as a female in New York City, you either fall into 1 of 2 categories; those who CAN walk around in high heels, and then, those who CAN’T. Usually I am some updated version of Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, Pre- makeover, wearing my rollaway flats that are scraping the ground, and carrying my heels in my bag. Or in some cases, trampling along the gritty city streets in my heels, looking cool, but inside hoping I don’t slip, hoping I don’t’ fall into the category of girls who can’t walk in heels, but I can’t pretend, so I change back.

But all I want is some heels that I can look taller in but still wear on the streets, and not having to break my back with all the shoes in my bag is an added bonus. I am on the perpetual search for shoes that I Don’t have to switch into when I arrive somewhere. But I think I’m finally onto to something here. I have been kinda obsessed with cuban heels ever since I realized I can wear them with confidence, little pain, and no fear of falling.

I can now add two pairs to my collection; neither quite like walking on air, but definitely NON switcharoo’s in their own rights. My Nine West fuchsia colored suede Mary Janes, and my newly purchased DV Dolce Vita Dempsey thick heeled boots.

DV dolce vita chunky boots; on sale @ for $50, Nine West Mary Jane heels; on sale for $40 -

Some of my other favorite options for this spring/summer come from the Kate Spade line, which as usual always strikes my attention and makes me want to buy the whole collection. This extra wide heel not only looks fashion forward, but also perpetrates the idea of comfortable fashion. It’s not quite a wedge, not quite a platform, but it definitely stands up against the competition.

Farrel, $265. kate Spade- click here to buy

Farryn, Kate Spade- $250- click here to buy

And so in keeping with the theme, I’ll wear one of them when I go to eat at Son Cubano, one of my favorite restaurants; once defunct, but now reopened, and redone, and I can’t wait to check it out.

UD - Son Cubano
There’s a disturbance coming from the 27th Street corridor. An old-school MePa stalwart, reopened 13 blocks north of its former glory. Its name: Son Cubano. Its game: live music, indoor palm trees and just the right amount of Latin-flavored crazy. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a few survival nuggets. Fair warning…

Patrons might be wearing masks. This is normal.The club is directly next to Sleep No More, so expect spillover. And occasional screaming.

Men can’t wear jeans. Women should wear silky tops. Or so they say. Feel free to call their bluff.

No, you’re not in South Beach. No, it’s not 1990.Despite what the crystal chandeliers, pastel lights and faux palm trees might tell you.

Sit in the cheap seats. The white chairs/tables/banquettes that ring the chessboard dance floor. These upper-deck spots are the best in the house…

… And the farthest away from the loudest five-piece Latin band of all time.

Leave the food, take the salsa. There are other (better) spots for paella. You’re coming here to dance the dance of Victor Cruz.

But beware of the Russian cougars. They’re everywhere. And they’re definitely adhering to the silk-top dress code.

Remember to hydrate. The drinks are Cuban. The pours are strong.

And when the clock strikes midnight, brace yourself. Out comes the DJ, sparklers and table-dancing. This excites the cougars. This excites the cougars very much.

Son Cubano, now open, 212-366-1640

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