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The Perfect Party Shoes

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The invites have started flooding in, the beauticians are nearly fully booked already, the ski holiday adverts are up and the party and cocktail dresses are flying out of the department stores. It can mean only one thing: party season is upon us.

But, ladies, there’s one major thing missing in the above paragraph, and that’s – you’ve guessed it – the perfect party shoe. You may have already found your perfect party dress, but without the perfect party shoe the outfit is only half finished. But fear not, we’ve compiled a go-to list for party shoes to match all manner of outfits. Read on to discover what shoe you should be wearing with what dress this festive season…

Shoes to Wear with an LBD

Ah, the old faithful – or little black dress as us ladies know it. If you’ve decided to opt for a sultry black number during the festive season, you really should let your fun side show in your shoes. After all, this is a time of sheer decadence – when Santa brings you everything you want, when you get to eat more than your fair share of mince pies, and when your feet should really sparkle.

Right now, we’re loving the Aldo Hafen Star Print Shoes, which have been reduced from $100 down to $69.98. With a skyscraper heel of 5.38 inches you’ll be heads and shoulders above the rest. However, we’re pretty confident you’ll have to keep reminding everyone to look up as they’ll all be transfixed on these sequin-covered v-shaped toe shoes with a sneaky hidden platform – so they’re not as hard to walk in as you’d think. Genius.

If you’d rather inject a splash of color and glitter all in one go (we don’t blame you) opt for a shoe like Trejos, $90 also from Aldo Shoes. These extra-high platform sandals ooze 1970s Studio 54 glamour and with their multi-color sparkles all over the heel and platform, they’re perfect for party season. Team with matte black tights and an understated LBD for an easy wear party outfit. Just don’t have too many cocktails – you might not stay standing.

Shoes to Wear with Color Pop Dresses

If you’ve gone all out with color in your dress, the best thing to do when it comes to shoes is to either play it safe with black or neutral shades, or match your shoes to your outfit. If you’re looking for a paired-down but sexy pair of heels, these Garlow Pumps for $298 by Elie Tahari from Zappos are spot on.

In black patent leather, with a delicate four-inch heel and a teeny 3/8 inch platform sole, they’re a pair of shoes you’ll come to rely on again and again. Tip: Elie Tahari sizes tend to run small so make sure you order half a size up than your regular size.

Now for something at the complete opposite end of the spectrum: Dita shoes by Betsey Johnson for $89.95 also at Zappos. And judging by the name of these in-your-face heels, we can only assume a certain Dita Von Teese was the inspiration for these burlesque-style shoes. They’re bold, sexy with their corset detailing to the heel, and certainly not for any shy and retiring types out there. Finish your look with a slick of scarlet red lipstick to match and you’ll be ready to party.

Shoes to Wear with Vintage Outfits

Finally, if you’ve decided to go for a vintage-themed party look this festive season, you’ll have to try and match the decade of your dress to the decade of your shoes. If you’ve been inspired by the film, My Week with Marilyn and are channeling the screen goddess in a 1950s themed outfit, simple stilettos as favored by Marilyn are the key.

A 1940s look, meanwhile, could work well with T-Bar heels and a chunky heel which should help you keep your balance as you jitterbug the night away. If you’ve plumped for a cool 1960s look, then you could get away with wearing something less skyscraper-like. Mary Jane shoes for instance would make any 60s outfit look cute, or if you’d rather keep your legs under wraps, be a bit different and wear a go-go boot. We’re talking sleek patent boots with a short block heel and perhaps a few buttons for decoration – not something huge and fluffy like you’d wear on a glacier.

With vintage outfits, it’s always best to see what treasures you can find in thrift stores and online, but if you’re running out of options, plenty of high street stores have shoes that have a vintage air to them, so if all else fails head to a department store and keep it to yourself that they’re not true vintage.

By Isabella Woods, Special for Shoe Smitten

4 thoughts on “The Perfect Party Shoes

  1. I love holiday party season!! It’s the best excuse to buy new sparkly shoes!! I have been trying to win 2 pairs from Chinese Laundry. They have this glitter-dusted, chunky pump that I am dying for!!!

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