All I want for Christmas, aside from world peace and a good Brexit deal, are these shoes. I know, I sound like a woman of fickle mind, occupying my thoughts with something so frivolous. But I don’t care. These shoes are the very manifestation of joy itself: glittery, embellished and actually easy to walk in, thanks to their low-platform shape. I know they’re expensive, but maybe I could finally, actually live out the cost-per-wear dream. I could wear them with jeans and jumpers, with midi dresses and with my pyjamas at home. It’s party season, after all. But I know that I can’t really afford to spend hundreds of pounds on joyful footwear when I have a family bigger than the Jolie-Pitts to buy for. I also know that not everyone wants a pair of glittery platforms.
There’s a pair of party shoes for everyone, with more choice than you could shake a tinselly stick at
The thing is, the very idea of party shoes has evolved considerably since the days of stilettos or nothing. Now there are party flats, block heels, kitten heels, boots and slippers. Heck, there are even glitzy embellished trainers for those who can’t abide the thought of wearing anything but Stan Smiths. Also, given that Christmas is expensive enough as it is, it makes sense to buy shoes with longevity. That’s why I’m particularly fond of the new breed of party boots, otherwise known as ankle boots you can wear anytime, anywhere, and preferably with snazzy details – such as this pair from Uterque with mother-of-pearl buttons or this embellished pair from Kurt Geiger London.
I’m very taken with the return of strappy heels, last seen in the mid-1990s. New Look and Charles & Keith both have excellent examples, which I want to wear with straight-leg jeans and a silky blouse. Really, though, there’s a pair of party shoes for everyone, with more choice than you could shake a tinselly stick at. It’s a Christmas miracle.