Whether you want to socialise with friends this party season, or simply stay at home, there's no reason you shouldn't dress up in your favourite party shoes: I guarantee they'll make you feel 100 times better.
There is no better time for all you maximalists out there to adorn your feet with sequins, jewels, feathers and pearls, paired with your favourite party dresses for that more-is-more vibe. I'm especially loving the PVC trend, which Amina Muaddi and Jimmy Choo are excelling at this season.
That doesn't mean there isn't something out there for the minimalists at heart though. I'm still seeing plenty of paired-back strappy sandals and satin pumps in classic shades of black and red.
After over a year of intermittent lockdowns, comfort might be a prerequisite for you, and I'm pleased to say there are still plenty of kitten and low heels around. I'm particularly loving Prada's ladylike slingbacks and Manu Atelier's low sandals.
For that chunky, 90s feel, block heels are still very much de rigueur this season, as seen at Nodelato and The Attico.
Block heels are ultimately easier to walk in than stilettos, but if you're genuinely looking for shoes that won't leave your feet sore by the end of the night, then flats are a safe bet. You'd be surprised by how fancy they can get, from velvet loafers to embellished ballet flats, here are some of my faves. Manolo Blahnik and Boden have some amazing bejewelled styles.
No matter your height or style preferences, there are plenty of party shoes to pick from this festive season. Keep scrolling to shop all my favourite ones.
The classic silhouette of Jimmy Choo's 'Cass' pumps makes way for a striking mix of textures. They're crafted from soft fuchsia satin and translucent pink PVC.
Prada's seasonal brushed leather accessories take center stage with pieces like these black slingback pumps. An iconic '90s silhouette, they're reworked with piercing point toes and 90mm stiletto heels, as well as padded tongues adorned with contemporary logos.
You can choose to wear these gorgeous flats with or without the gold chairs. Plus, they are part of the special 50th anniversary, so each shoe in this capsule collection is finished with a gold disc on the sole.
Add a pop of colour to a little black dress with these affordable metallic heels with rhinestone-embellished straps.
The Attico's signature 'Devon' mules are reworked in leopard satin - the pyramidal heels make the classic animal print feel so contemporary.
Roger Vivier's pink satin mules are Italian-crafted from satin with a high stiletto heel, then set with a crystal-encrusted buckle framed with a halo of feathers. In on word: fabulous.
Intricate embroidery and beading combine on a supersoft black suede base on these pumps, to make any outfit worthy of a 'wow'.
These purple Amina Muaddi Gilda 95 crystal leather sandals are made in Italy. Embellished with multicoloured stones on the heel and straps, they feature a 95 mm flared heel, adjustable buckled ankle strap and a leather sole.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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