I can appreciate that the world does not need to share the same taste in shoes as me, but there are some styles I cannot abide. For starters, I have never been (and will never be) a chunky-sneakers kind of girl. In fact, I'm more of a feathers, glitter, diamanté, and heels kind of girl.
That being said, I don't wear extravagant shoes every day (we all need our regular work shoes and boots, and I don't have a chauffeur, much to my disappointment). However, I am on high shoe alert, as party season is approaching. That's why right now, I'm hunting down the best of the best.
A few seasons ago, I remember some of the industry's most important buyers informing editors that consumers were showing more and more interest in fancy, over-the-top footwear and elaborate eveningwear to match.
It has been some time since super-stilettos have been in fashion, and the idea of dressing up for a night out is often considered a tad passé (it's thought to be so much cooler to be "effortless" and wear things like flats). But that tide is turning. I, for one, adore getting ready for an event with the opportunity to wear something that's wildly different from the daily workwear grind. Give me all the lamé, crystals, and bows, and I'll be as happy as can be.
Nothing makes my heart flutter (or my online wish lists expand) quite like a wonderful pair of evening shoes. Why? Because they complement a maximalist outfit or a regular jeans-and-cashmere sweater look. In fact, I've just invested in a pair of bejeweled satin T-bar Marni shoes because they are ridiculously outré. I love that they have a small kitten heel, making them a practical party option.
Should you be a high-heel lover, then this edit is for you. No flats. No sneakers. No boots. Nothing sensible or safe whatsoever. Shop my favorite evening shoes below…
The shoe gods are smiling upon me.
Yes, these come with an anklet. Yes, that's another reason to buy them.
Satin is definitely a big part of the party scene of 2018.
Hot, hot, hot.
When you want something a tad simpler, opt for straps.
Basically Christmas as a pair of shoes.
An unusual bit of decoration for an affordable brand.
These are the ones I bought. I went for the classic black because I knew I'd likely spill wine on them.
More Kate Moss than Middleton.
Entrance-making stuff right here.
Leopard? Check. Cerise pink? Check. Good heel height for dancing? Check.
Pretend they're from the '70s.
Carrie Bradshaw–worthy classics.
Wear with a tuxedo and watch them go.
If you're very good at walking in heels…
A street style favorite and future classic.
If Marie Antoinette had worn stilettos, she would have chosen these.
Snaking ankle straps are coming back from the '00s.
The most festive feet you'll ever see.
Probably the tamest pair here, but a really solid "go with everything" option.
The kind that will keep coming back into fashion.
These also come in teal velvet.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.