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We refuse to limp around the city on a brilliant spring day because our feet--soft from months in boots--are blistered and cramped in a pair of too-flat, too-strappy thongs.

??We hit the streets walking to find summer shoes that live up to our comfort fantasies. Here are three pain-free finds. 

Matt Bernson We fell in love with this New York designer?s oh-so-wearable collection last year, and we?ve walked many a mile in the Delphine style with its just-right demi wedge and wide straps that never dig. This summer we?re wearing it in boho-chic ikat to jazz up plain cotton dresses ($176). At Scoop, 1702 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-9930 or

Pas de Rouge This under-the-radar Italian brand makes beautifully constructed shoes that are super soft and lightweight. Our splurge sandal is this T-strap number in dressy black shimmer suede with a flexible rubber sole and an easy two-inch wedge ($450). At Shirise, 341 Park Ave., Glencoe; 847-835-2595 or

Andre Assous Our favorite espadrille of the season (from the so-called king of espadrilles himself) is made in Spain with elastic straps that let us move down Michigan Avenue with ease. The linen heel enclosure is a breathable, beachy touch ($153), perfect to wear to a Ravinia concert or street fest. At Lori?s, 824 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-5655 or

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