Women have been both wearing high heels and walking in cities for decades.
Finally, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City has developed a sidewalk grate with such pedestrians in mind.
The surfaces are slip-resistant and the openings measure only a half an inch wide, diminishing the chance a heel will get stuck inside of them.
That could well result in fewer twisted ankles, falls, and awkward attempts to break free.
It could also keep people from having their favorite, and possibly quite expensive, shoes destroyed on a somewhat regular basis.
A few of the new, improved grates have already been installed in the city's Upper East Side, an area where residents are known to regularly don pricey footwear.
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