In case it had escaped your notice, it’s party season. AGAIN. And that means an onslaught of magazine articles and web stories telling you what kind of sparkly clutch and high heels you should be wearing to the office shin dig. But as you know, folks, that’s not really up my street, so I thought it would be nice, especially since lots of you have requested it, to do a guide to wearing flat shoes, looking smart AND being comfortable to totally steal the limelight on the dance floor. People, it’s time for my ultimate guide to party flats.
I’ve updated this post a bit early this year, as Christmas seems to be upon us earlier than ever, and I also don’t want to do it so late that all the good stuff has sold out. Plus I’ve seen so many special pairs of shoes out there, I just couldn’t wait to share them with you. But before we get on to the good bit – the shopping – here are five top tips for looking snazzy and staying comfortable this party season.
- You might be excited to buy a new pair of party flats, but don’t make the night you’re going to spend five hours on a dance floor the first time you wear them. Even flat shoes can give you blisters. To avoid tears, buy in advance and wear them in a bit around the house (TIP: try warming leather shoes up with a hairdryer and then wearing with thick socks to soften them up).
- Just because it’s a party, doesn’t mean you have to go massively out of your comfort zone in the way you dress. Look for luxe fabrics like velvet or embellishments and metallic finishes on shoes in a similar style to what you would usually wear. That way, you know they’re going to match your wardrobe and you won’t feel weirdly overdressed.
- If, like me, you struggle to match flat shoes with black opaque tights, invest in a pair of cropped tailored trousers. Your bare ankles can deal with a lot more cold than your bare legs….
- …or find some black shoes like the gorgeous Ivylee Copenhagen ones below. The best thing to wear with black tights is black shoes.
- If you have to go to a really posh ‘do’, try my age-old tip of a pair of pointy flats to substitute your heels. There’s something about that pointed toe that not only looks more chic, but also elongates your legs. Winner.
Right, on to the shopping! Here are 15 pairs to swoon over, be inspired by, or buy, and there’s something for every budget.
1.Free People ‘Sienna’ slip-on loafer, £39.95 (freepeople.com); 2. Sam Edelman silver glitter loafers, £100 reduced from £125 (anthropologie.com); 3. ALDO ‘Ederabeth’ silver shoes, £50 ([AD] aldo.com)
7. Ted Baker knotted satin loafers, £84 reduced from £120 (tedbaker.com); 8. Pearl & Stud ‘Islington’ velvet flats, £80 (pearlandstud.com); 9. Ivylee Copenhagen ‘Hayley’ loafers, £232 (ivyleecopenhagen.com)
I’d love to see what flat shoes you are wearing this party season. Tweet me or tag me in your Instagram pics – @enbrogue – with the hashtag #partyflats