A few weeks ago, my friend Leila asked for our expertise on acceptable sandals to wear in this concrete jungle. NYC has a tendency to kill your feet and ruin your shoes, not to mention leave any exposed skin subject to whatever is in the grimy streets. I figured it's too late in the season to do a full on roundup for Leila, but here's one suggestion I can't review until I get my pair, but they look like a pretty good bet, at least in terms of comfort and cost. Made from carpet fiber that's spun into rope, Gurkee sandals seem like a great alternative to thonged rubber flip-flops or the ubiquitous gladiator. I discovered these at Opening Ceremony, where there are limited colors available, but you can find them here and here as well.