Ask Belle: Shoes for Holiday Parties
Nov 10, 2011
The Christmas Party invites are rolling in, and while I have several lovely dresses to wear, I always have trouble picking a pair of shoes. Can you give me some suggestions for party shoes?
Choosing stylish evening shoes seems to be a challenge for many women. Every holiday season, I spot a trove of women in inappropriate evening shoes. So before we discuss what kind of shoes I recommend, let’s discuss the faux pas that need to be eliminated.
Old Shoes: Evening shoes don’t get much wear, as a rule, so women tend to keep the same pair for several years. This can be problematic. Too many times, I’ve seen shoes with missing sequins, worn out heel caps, stains and stretched out straps. Long story short, beat up shoes ruin outfits.
Day Shoes: The shoes you wore to the office are not evening appropriate. Your basic leather boots and sensible pumps are not party shoes. It’s the holidays, start the celebration with spunky footwear.
Uncomfortable Shoes: Fancy parties and casual parties all have one thing in common: there are never enough chairs. Unfortunately, most women don’t wear shoes that are good for hours of standing.
Before you go to the party, spend some talking standing and walking in your shoes. Break them in, and add padding where necessary. And remember to pack a pair of CitySlips for your walk home in case your feet get tired.
Sequined Flats (Similar Vera Wang Silver Flats, $165): Sequined or glitter flats are a great choice for women who don’t want to wear heels. Pair them with a full-skirted party dress for an Audrey Hepburn-eque look.
D’Orsay Kitten Heels (Vigotti Metis pumps, $109): One step up from the flats are kitten heels. For party shoes, I prefer d’orsay pumps. They’re prettier and more delicate than basic pumps.
Cage Sandals (Michael Kors Jenna Sandal, $150 (also comes in all black)): The cage sandal is the modern evening shoe. It’s sexy and chic and perfect for drawing attention.
Sky-High Spike Heels (Aldo Rhinestone Heel, $135): Five-and-a-half inch platforms aren’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re a trained stilt-walker, these are the shoes for you. Just make sure you have health insurance before you tackle D.C.’s cobblestone sidewalks.
Strappy Slingbacks (Ivanka Trump Doublet Heel, $140): Some women like their evening shoes barely there, if you’re one of them these sparkly slingbacks are perfect. They will match any outfit you can come up with and show off your legs while doing it.
Oh, also, you’ll notice that all of these shoes have one things in common: they look best with bare legs. I like to show of my gams at parties. But if you want to wear tights, choose something with a closed toe and a bit of a heel.