Katie Wright runs down the shoes to be seen in this season.
When it comes to party season fashion, flats are simply not an option. Now’s the time to go all-out with a glitzy frock, puff-sleeved blouse or amazing tailored look – and obviously you need the perfect pair of heels to complete your outfit.
Luckily, even if you’re not a fan of mega-high heels, there are lots of gorgeous low-heeled options in the shops right now, so you can put your best foot forward rather than tottering unsteadily.
From sweet kitten heels to colossal courts, here are three of the best festive footwear trends…
1. Kitten heels
Can’t cope with three-inch stilettos? Rejoice, because kitten heels are making another comeback, so you can dance the night away without having to cast your shoes off after after a few songs or hobble home in agony.
Harking back to its pre-millennium heyday, we’re seeing lots of low-heeled mules, slingbacks and two-part kitten heels with pointed toes. Try teaming yours with black tuxedo trousers and a Nineties-style going-out top.
Deichmann Black Bow Detail Kitten Heel Mules, £9.99 (were £19.99)
Dune Captivated Silver Crystal Embellished Kitten Heels, £120
Marks and Spencer Collection Velvet Slingback Kitten Heel Court Shoes, £25
2. Barely there sandals
Another result of the never-ending Nineties renaissance, ‘barely there’ sandals are exactly that: the skinnier the straps the better.
That doesn’t mean they’re boring, however. The ‘naked’ effect is super-sexy and really amps up an LBD or sparkly party frock.
Glamorous Rose Gold Metallic Barely There Block Heels, £26
Wallis Red Barely There Sandals, £27.30 (were £39)
Miss Selfridge Silver Metallic Twist Midi Dress, £20 (was £45); Sallie Black Barely There Heel Sandals, £20.30 (were £29)
Dorothy Perkins Lola Skye Gold ‘Lime’ Heeled Sandals, £16 (were £32)
3. Cool court shoes
There was a move towards typically ladylike fashions on the AW19 catwalks and that’s reflected in the footwear collections too, with court heels coming to the fore.
There’s nothing demure about these slip-ons, though. With sky-high stiletto heels and metallic finishes, they’re party-perfect.
River Island Silver Embossed Perspex Heeled Court Shoes, £55
JD Williams Black Leather Look Mix Blazer, £50; Black Plunge Glitter Knit Maxi Dress, £24.50 (was £49); Ultimate Comfort Court Shoes E Fit, £30
Dune Belvedere 2 Pewter Court Shoes, £47 (were £95); Baae Pewter Shoulder Bag, £42 (was £70) (dress, stylist’s own)
Faith Silver Star Print ‘Chloe’ Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, £31.20 (were £39), Debenhams