OK, so you’ve had my party flats guide, but I figured that plenty of you (like me) won’t actually be going to any swish Christmas/New Year parties. If you’re more likely to be celebrating down the pub or at a friend’s house, you might want something even more comfortable than a party flat – something that goes with your boyfriend jeans…although you still want to look festive, right? In which case, you need a pair of party trainers. Oh yes! Party trainers are a thing! Hurrah!
I had a little potter around Oxford Street yesterday and noticed that there are absolutely loads of options around at the moment. I’ve picked out three very different trends, so I’m sure there is one out there that will work for you. Let’s start with my personal favourite, and one that I don’t know how I lived without up until now…
The Black Trainers
adidas Gazelles, £75, ASOS.com
I recently invested in my fourth pair of adidas Gazelles of the year, and although I wasn’t sure about them at first, I just knew they would be an incredibly useful addition to my wardrobe. They are all-black leather, and my worries about them looking a little bit like football boots were soon dispelled when I realised that they are the PERFECT party shoes. They go with all my dresses, particularly the black ones. Even better, they go with black tights! And we all know how hard it can be to find a black shoe that works with your trusty opaques. Of course, they are SOOOOO comfortable, too. Really, what are you waiting for?
Rose Rankin ‘Zebra’ low tops, £145, roserankin.com
Clarks Trigenic Flex, £100, thenaturalshoestore.com
Christopher Kane safety clasp trainers, £395, net-a-porter.com
The Velvet Sneakers
Velvet sneakers, £29.99, zara.com
Not only are velvet sneakers a trend, but velvet sneakers in this rather festive shade of claret. You know, to match your glass of red wine (#details). My mum always wears velvet on Christmas Day; nothing says party season like the tactile texture of velvet. I’d wear these with my new Levi’s Wedgie jeans (if you haven’t tried these yet you MUST they are the best jeans around) and a statement jumper like this one from Hush.
Puma Fenty Creeper, £110, size.co.uk
‘Deandrea’ sneakers, £55, aldoshoes.com
Marks & Spencer velvet 3 strap sneakers, £29.50, marksandspencer.com
The Sparkle Kicks
Gold Converse, £80, ASOS.com
This last trend will see you down the pub, to the after party and beyond. Metallic materials, sequins and sparkle will look even more festive than your mates’ heels but will have you on the dance floor way longer. Bonus. While black and velvet trainers will last you well into the spring, these beauties might be more of a special investment for party season…depending on how flamboyant your wardrobe is of course!
adidas Superstars, £110, pampamlondon.com
Reebok Classics, £64.99, offspring.co.uk
Nike Cortez, £64.99, office.co.uk