Best Christmas party shoe

The higher the heel the better you feel,” chirps Charlotte Olympia’s quirky website, and there are no shortage of vertiginous options to keep you feeling merry this party season. If one should, as the old adage goes, always dress from the feet up, party shoes are one way to embrace the festive spirit without sacrificing style.

Dolce & Gabbana takes the party shoe crown this season with its range of gem-encrusted cage heels, while Valentino’s crystal-embellished Mary-Janes pack a seriously snazzy punch. There are metallic styles aplenty at Harrods, as designers including Givenchy, Roger Vivier and Burberry recreate best-selling styles in silver to celebrate the store's new 42,000 sq ft footwear emporium, Shoe Heaven. For a more subtle sparkle, opt for Jimmy Choo’s suede Tesoro sandals with their shimmery silver strap. Or go all out with Sophia Webster’s flamboyant flamingo sandals: wallflowers need not apply.

Bold, block colours are a simple way to liven up a playsuit or LBD: be it Miu Miu’s electric blue stilettos, Casedi’s hot pink slingbacks or a festive red pair by Aquazzura. But if your chosen party outfit makes more of a statement, there’s no reason to resort to a safe pair of pumps. Instead opt for wearable styles with interesting details that will complement rather than compete with your standout frock. Take the bejewelled backsides of Rene Caovilla’s classic black court shoes, or the sculptural silhouette of the textured velvet pumps co-created by Nicholas Kirkwood and Roksanda Ilincic.

Black and gold is a perennial party time favourite: whether it’s a simple flourish like the gold bow on Marni’s Mary-Janes, or the razzle-dazzle of Giuseppe Zanotti’s bow-front, spike heel pumps. And if the spikes leave you dizzy, there are more down-to-earth options that won’t dampen spirits. Block heels are made for walking as well as dancing: Marc Jacobs does a chic navy pair with sequin-embellished heels, while what could be more Christmassy than Fendi’s red velvet pumps?

Lower-heeled options come in hot pink from Paul Andrew – whose skill at combining high fashion with high comfort won him a CFDA award this year – and in gold glitter from Saint Laurent. Dance-all-night festive fun without the need for emergency Elastoplast: who’s feeling merry now?

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