Item of the Week: Holiday Party Shoes

Nov 20, 2017

Now that I don’t live in a big city, holiday parties are decidedly more casual.  To jazz up my jeans and casual dresses, I like to add a fun pair of shoes.  Sparkles, velvet, bright colors, and metallics are all fun accents.  Party shoes make you feel dressed up even if you’re just having a casual evening.

These J.Crew Avery Velvet Pumps are pretty and feminine with their grosgrain bow.  These burgundy velvet pumps from Old Navy are a steal at $35.  These mauve velvet boots are also popular right now.

The pearl accents on the heels of these Aldo pumps are pretty.  I also like these yellow ASOS heels with a dramatic sequin embellishment.

Prefer a bold metallic?  These Daisy Glitter pumps come in gold or silver, and have all the glitz you could ever need.

Want flats?  These Sam Edelman silk flats with embossed eyes on the vamp are a unique option.  These low shimmer wedges from BHLDN are another good option.  I also love these navy velvet flats with crystal embellishment from Mossimo.

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  1. Emily says:

    How do you prepare for a party at someone’s home where you may be required to remove your shoes upon entering?

    To be clear, I despise this and would never require it of my own guests.

    • J says:

      This is so awful. I hate it, too. I usually just wear boots with cute, warm socks on those occasions so that I have something more substantial on my feet when the shoes come off. And the boots are practical while you’re coming and going, I guess. I wouldn’t wear anything that you don’t want someone else’s wet/dirty/muddy shoes to end up on top of either.

    • G says:

      Just as you consider it rude to be asked to take off your shoes, it is considered rude in some cultures to wear your shoes inside someone else’s home. What is considered polite varies by culture. I would respect and not disparage the cultural norms of your host.

    • Belle says:

      It’s not my favorite, but there are ppl with allergies to consider. The best thing to do is wear socks or bring a pair in your purse. Some friends let me bring slippers.

    • Sophie says:

      To answer your question directly – just wear black or nude socks./tights. If it’s not a casual house party, the hosts should provide slippers to wear, or the hosts will limit the party to a certain room that can be easily cleaned later.

      G is correct that it is incredibly rude to wear shoes in several cultures, including the majority of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.

    • aMANDA says:

      I didn’t grow up in a shoe-less house, but since then I’ve lived in big cities in both the US and Asia. In addition to cultural reasons, I can no longer imagine tracking city dust/dirt/mud/snow all over my house or those of my friends. i’m not trying to be “awful” to my friends and family, it just isn’t clean or practical.

      • Jenn S. says:

        Seconded, Amanda. My family didn’t have a shoe policy, but as an adult I really don’t want to track (or have tracked by others) filth all over my home.

    • Margaret says:

      I grew up in a shoe-less home and I despise people who wear shoes in my home. I generally take off my shoes even when I go over to other people’s homes because I think it’s rude to track all the dirt and crap that’s outside onto people’s floors and carpets. I wouldn’t go into someone’s home and pour a cup of dirt onto their floor which is basically what shoe wearing indoors is, but worse! Because you crush in all the dirt into the rugs when you step on it.

      To each their own, but not wearing outdoor shoes indoor doesn’t seem all that practical or clean to me.

  2. Katie C. says:

    Love the idea of spicing up a casual outfit with a fun holiday shoe! This is also a great way to make your LBD a little more festive, or to bring a little holiday fun into your work outfits without being too costumey. Thanks for all of these great suggestions!

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