Why Shoes Are the New Jewelry: The Best Bejeweled Heels, Flats and Mules

The way to a women’s heart is no longer through her jewelry box. It’s via her shoe closet.

Indeed, highly decorative, bejeweled shoes are the preferred mode of razzle-dazzle these days — especially with the holiday party circuit currently in high gear.

Instead of a staid pearl necklace, chunky loafers with a row of pearls is a more charming choice.

Nicholas Kirkwood Loafers
Nicholas Kirkwood Casati Pearl Loafer.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Moda Operandi.

Nicholas Kirkwood Casati Pearl Loafer, $895; Moda Operandi.


While embellished heels are nothing new for evening or special occasions, labels such as Rene Caovilla and Jimmy Choo are offering full-tilt Swarovski crystal versions at prices that aren’t up there in the realm of fine jewelry.

Jimmy Choo Nude Suede, Crystal Covered Pointy Toe Pumps
<br />Jimmy Choo Nude Suede Crystal-Covered Pointy-Toe Pumps.
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Jimmy Choo Nude Suede Crystal-Covered Pointy-Toe Pumps, $3,850; Jimmy Choo.

Jewelry’s ability to immediately elevate your look and mesmerize those around you is certainly being co-opted by the latest craze of gilded shoes.

If you want everybody to be staring at your feet, we recommend you slip into these elegantly knotted python metallic mules by The Row.


The Row Capri Metallic Snakeskin Slides
The Row Capri Metallic Snakeskin Slides.
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The Row Capri Metallic Snakeskin Slides, $1,090; Barney’s.

Marni Embellished Platform Ballerinas
Marni Embellished Platform Ballerinas.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Farfetch.

For those seeking something a little less dainty and precious, try a super-forward, super-chunky style for witty juxtaposition. These Marni platform ballerinas, with their crystal and rhinestone embellishments, are sure to make a statement.

Marni Embellished Platform Ballerinas, $594; Farfetch.

Click through to see more bejeweled and precious metal takes on the trend.

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