The Prettiest Holiday Party Heels That Your Most Stylish Friends Will Notice

by Danielle Combs

Party season has officially descended upon us, meaning now's the right time to start planning your holiday outfits. There’s something to be said about the transformative power of a glitzy pair of heels — and no holiday ensemble would be complete without a set of ultra-glamorous shoes to strike a pose in. If you’re looking to take on the night dressed to the nines, there’s a myriad of statement shoe that are perfect for holiday parties ready to shop.

This season, four key trends emerged when it comes to the illustrious party shoe: Designers like Attico and Amina Muaddi sought to usher in the valiant return of the ‘80s-inspired slingback pumps you may have caught on your feed recently — fully decked out in sumptuous satin or suede and embellished with over-the-top jewels. Others brands, including Brother Vellies and Tabitha Simmons, revived the use of plumage, as sky-high heels were trimmed with lavish feathers in lavender, pale pink, and vibrant red. Decadence and drama also appeared in the form of embellished stacked heels dusted with swinging crystal fringe and colored jewels. So, whether you slip on velvet kitten-heels or opt for high-shine mules, the latest offering of extravagant party shoes are sure to make you weak in the knees (but not weak enough to stop you from busting a move). Below, find the four key shoe trends for party season, and all the inspiration you need to help steer you in the right direction when in search of the perfect pump.

Updated Slingbacks

Nothing screams “party mood” quite like slipping on a pair of slingbacks and the latest iterations mark the revival of ‘80s-inspired glamour. Outfitted in luxurious satin or soft suede and topped with vintage-inspired jewels, the newly updated slingback is one way to crash the party.

Embellished Heels

The holidays are the perfect time to wear an over-the-top pair of embellished heels. When heading out, play up the drama factor of the silver heels by pairing them with a vintage-inspired midi dress in a shocking color like fuchsia. Complete your party look with an embellished clutch and statement earrings for the night ahead.

Feathered Pumps

If you prefer a party shoe that’s a little less loud, feathered heels are a fresh alternative to keep in mind. For an alternative to the usual midi-dress look, try styling them with a pair of glossy leather pants, a printed turtleneck, a posh mini bag, and simple hoop earrings.

Luxe Mules

The latest crop of party-ready mules to emerge feature fresh and innovative colors like an icy-blue or bright pink, along with over-the-top embellishments and fabrications that make this style a clear standout this season. Go big or go home by pairing a fantastical bejeweled version with an ‘80s-inspired power suit.