COLE HAAN, "AIR LYRIC MARY JANE PUMP," $178, The hype: "Nike Air technology. ... A cushion against the real world." Comfort: A close second place. Cuteness: That big elastic strap? You either love it or hate it. Testers split 50-50, but this shoe collected more compliments than the others. One tester says: "I felt like I was on stilts. But my feet didn't hurt after (mostly) standing at an office party for four hours." Bottom line: They're eye-catching, versatile and lived up to their comfort claim.
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