But party shoes are the next phase of your post-pandemic footwear journey, and there’s no time like the present to embrace an excellent sparkly shoe, a feathered, or satin, or beaded one. After being locked down for so much of the past year and a bit, we don’t blame you if you’re ready to go all out with your party shoes. However, your feet might not be used to sky scraper high heels after spending the majority of the past months in slippers and flip flops.

That’s why we’ve searched high and low to find some of the best party shoes available at the moment, in a range of heel sizes. Deep in your heart you know it: even if the festive season is over, a pair of fabulous party shoes is the best way to complete any celebratrion outfit and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. There’s glitter and velvet galore, so keep scrolling if you fancy treating yourself to a high street bargain, or a designer dream with these party shoes.

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The trend: metallic party shoes

Metallic shoes have been trending for a while now and there couldn’t be a better time to wear them than to a party. These high-shine, hero shoes are just the right amount of bling to turn any outfit into a chic party look. Choose between stiletto and mule styles to keep your look appropriately dressed up and classy. Shades such as gold and silver are the obvious choice and will provide maximum impact for your feet.

While silver pairs well with clean and cool colours, such as white and blue, gold appears festive and radiant next to red hues. If you want something a little different, however, try a fun, metallic pink or rose-gold pair.

Rose Gold Glitter Block Heel Court Shoes – New Look

If you’re on a budget, these fabulous sing backs from New Look have your name on them. They also come in a wide fit, too.

Chunky Flat Boat Shoes – Anthropologie

Proof – if ever we needed it – that boat shoes aren’t the reserve of yachties, this iteration is crafted from supple leather and is just as suited to a life spent on dry land. Shaped to round-toe silhouette and sitting atop a rubber sole, they’re ready to slip on below the hems of swishy dresses just as much as cropped denim.

The trend: velvet party shoes

While metallic shoes will provide your outfit with bling, velvet styles will add a terrific touch of decadence. The rich and luxurious material is a new favourite for footwear, offering shoes a trend-worthy edge. Perfect for parties and celebrations, these lavish shoes are ideal for when classic heels just won’t do. Shop them in chunky styles to ensure a full effect.

Platform sandal heels and boots are the best options for creating a stylish look while rich jewel tones make up the ideal colour palette. Although these unique shoes naturally pair well with all sorts of little black dresses, opting for something a little less conventional can create a really sensational outfit.

Carvela Kross Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Navy Suedette

Don’t step on my blue suede shoes – especially not these crystal-embellished beauties! They feature a sleek pointed toe, stiletto heels and two crossed straps which fasten with a buckle at the back of the ankle. So elegant!

Harper Suede Stiletto Court shoes

The perfect day-to-night shoe. Sitting on an hourglass stiletto heel, the Harper courts are shaped by a pointed toe and finished with a Mary Jane strap, embellished with glistening glass-cut jewels. Crafted from premium suede, leather soles with toe tips ensure grip and durability, while increased padding offers all-day comfort.

Saint Laurent – Knotted velvet platform sandals

Rich, sumptuous burgundy velvet lends a typically dark sense of opulence to Saint Laurent’s Bianca sandals. They’re crafted in Italy with a black patent-leather Mary Jane strap and set on a high block heel and platform that makes them ideal for dancing. Wear them beneath a satin blouse and shorts after dark.

The trend: feathered Shoes

Classifying which shoes are “party shoes” can be a tricky thing to do, but shoes with feathers are definitely made for partying. Not only are they decorative and stylish, but they’re also unique and fun, making them ideal for celebratory occasions. Shoes with feathers, ruffles, and fringing can take many forms, including boots, stilettos, and loafers.

When heading to a party, however, a sleek pair of high-heels will always do the trick. Opt for smaller feathers for a subtle touch or turn up the drama with oversized additions. The unusual silhouette and texture of feathered footwear will immediately make them a feature of your outfit. Keep them as the main attraction with a minimal outfit or play up their style by adding frills, ruffles or feathers to the rest of your look.

Silver Metallic Round Toe ‘Cynthia’ heels – Mary Ching

Feathers? Check. Pearls? Check. Instant outfit update? Check check! These dazzling shoes will give any plain outfit that festive magic.

Miista – Feathered mules

These Nico mules feature a soft beige nappa casing in their distinct concave square toe finished off with a white feather trim. They’re inspired by their classic shoe Noor but the mid-height flare heel keeps things comfortable. The Nico is a retro, flirty classic.