LEIGHTON MEESTER’S label happy on screen alter ego BLAIR WALDORF is content to pick up the closest pair of LOUBOUTINS she can find. Off screen, however, the GOSSIP GIRL star said she searches for shoes “that really speak to me,” regardless of designer name.

“If it’s my daily kind of shoe, I usually go for the same type of style. Like a platform with a thick heel,” she explained.

“But I think variety is important.”

Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday night at the ROGER VIVIER FALL/COUTURE SHOWCASE to benefit MUSIC UNITES in New York, LEIGHTON said she actually prefers heels to flats.

And when searching for shoes, her top requirement is “definitely not comfort.”

Wearing a J. MENDEL dress, BULGARI jewels and VIVIER shoes — which she called comfortable — LEIGHTON admitted that there is one time of day when you won’t find her in platform heels.

“When I’m walking the dog, I wear sneakers,” she revealed, “because they look and feel better.”

Though BLAIR WALDORF would never imagine lacing up a pair of sneakers, the character does have a lot of surprises in store for her on new episodes of GOSSIP GIRL.

“It’s just so crazy, I can’t even begin to tell you,” LEIGHTON said of upcoming events that include a wedding, craziness between CHUCK BASS and BLAIR and additional drama with DAN HUMPHREY.

“I get to live vicariously through the good and the bad,” she shared, which is really fun.”

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