Brace yourself: The holiday party circuit has arrived. From the mandatory office bash to your traditional family gathering, the holiday season requires seriously stepping up one’s shoe game. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Whether you’re in the mood to splurge or steal, this season’s market has an evening style for you. To add a festive touch, you’ll want to look for materials such as velvet, or embellishments via stones or fine glitter. And don’t feel compelled to wear stilettos — there are many chic flat options that are just as eyecatching.
The higher end of the spectrum includes statement shoes from Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Valentina Carrano, who nailed the perfect shade of holiday red in a rich suede. Manolo Blahnik’s lace pointy pump is an elegant option that won’t leave your feet aching after too much hot toddy-induced dancing.
Contemporary styles include SJP’s glitzy bow sandal, which offers just enough dazzle without being overwhelming, and Topshop’s velvet laceup sandal with feather detailing.
Just remember: The key takeaway is that parties are meant to be fun, so don’t hold back — aim to wow.
For 14 standout holiday shoes, click through the gallery.
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