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! There’s something for every budget here. Happy shopping!
The velvet touch
Nike Cortez trainers, £75 (asos.com)
This year, the biggest seasonal sneaker trend is velvet – it was bubbling under the surface this time last year but now it’s really taken off. You can still find sparkly trainers around – and I’ve rounded up my favourites further on in this post – but since there are absolutely loads of fabulous sequin skirts on offer (have you guys SEEN Zara lately?!) it’s a good idea to have a non-glittery option for your feet; that’s where velvet works really well. The texture is luxe and perfect for this time of year, but they’ll be just as nice in the summer too.
Bensimon tennis shoes, £50 (bensimon.com)
Jimmy Choo Andrea trainers, £375 (mytheresa.com)
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars in navy velvet, £55 (converse.com)
Mango velvet sneakers, £19.99 (mango.com)
Vans velvet Old Skool shoes, £60 (vans.co.uk)
The Sparkle Kicks
Axel Arigato Clean 90 glitter sneakers, £160 (net-a-porter.com)
The sparkle has gone a bit less garish this year, with subtle glitter sneakers – some of which only have a slight sheen. My favourites are still the Converse sequin Chucks though. I wore and wore mine last Christmas and they came back out for a Christmas market at the weekend. And they’re the best value shoes in this category!
SeaVees for J. Crew glitter sneakers, £88 (jcrew.com)
Chuck Taylor All Star sequins, £60 (converse.com)
Gucci Ace glitter sneakers, £495 (gucci.com)
The Wild Side
Hush Leo trainers, £170 (hush-uk.com)
Just the same as my belief that an animal print pointy flat is always party appropriate, so the animal print sneaker is a brilliant option for this season. I’ve found a few styles here that incorporate a bright colour as well as some leopard, which I LOVE! Also, very excitingly, one of my favourite brands, Rogue Matilda, has just launched its first sneakers collection, which includes a lush pair of cow print kicks. Available to pre-order now.
Rogue Matilda Cow Sweetheart sneakers, £179 (roguematilda.com)
Charlotte Olympia Animal Kingdom sneakers, £295 (charlotteolympia..com)
Maruti Zuma pony hair spot trainers, £98 (anthropologie.com)
Golden Goose Deluxe Super Star metallic knit trainers, £325 (matchesfashion.com)