Best new indie shops: Comfiest boyfriend chair

Fellas won't mind kicking back in these lounge areas.

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  • Ruia

    Ruia

  • Ruia

    Ruia

  • Photograph: Grant Asken

    Missoni open-toe clog, $550, at Ruia

    Missoni open-toe clog, $550, at Ruia

  • Lislie Yeung heels, $545, at Ruia

    Lislie Yeung heels, $545, at Ruia

  • Ian Tong

    Alexander Wang

    Alexander Wang

  • Alexander Wang knotted wrap dress, $525, at alexanderwang.com

  • Alexander Wang draped one-sleeve goddess dress, $825, at alexanderwang.com

Ruia

Ruia

Winner: Ruia
Introducing New York City shoe lovers to stylish European brands like Baldan and Loriblu is a major source of pride for British fashionista Kajal Ruia—but she understands that your male companion may not feel the same way. While you wander her eponymous two-floor shop, scoping out splurgeworthy heels from Lislie Yeung ($545) and Missoni mesh peep-toe boots ($725), direct your dude to the upstairs lounge area. There he can sip complimentary drinks (cocktails, wine, juice, beer, water), settle into one of the overstuffed striped couches and take in a movie or sports game on Ruia's flatscreen television. 65 Mercer St between Broome and Spring Sts (646-449-8464, ruianyc.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive 20 percent off all shoes through May 1.

Runner-up: Alexander Wang
The award--winning clothier's flagship draws flocks of well-heeled downtown ladies, often with their favorite wingmen in tow. The single-knot wrap dress ($525) and draped one-sleeve goddess dresses ($850) aren't exactly for the budget conscious, but they'll turn heads no matter where you go. Before your fella starts bitching about how many frocks you're taking into the dressing room, escort him to the black fox-fur hammock in the middle of the shop—he can nap while you preen to your heart's content. 103 Grand St between Greene and Mercer Sts (212-977-9683, alexanderwang.com)

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