By Jenn Barthole
Whether you’re making an entrance at a glitzy holiday soirée or dressing up at home just because, the ability to safely toast the season is reason enough to bring some sparkle back into your wardrobe, starting with a pair of show-stopping party shoes.
Larroude's Marina Larroude says that, while the footwear brand always sees a rise in interest for “sparkly” style around the holidays, “this season, people want to dress up even more and are taking every opportunity to add some bling to their outfits.” She adds, “I’ve noticed that our customers are gravitating toward our most whimsical styles simply because people are ready to have fun again! In real life and in their outfits.”
If towering high heels and shin splints-inducing platforms aren’t your thing, this season’s party shoes come in the form of metallic block-heel boots, crystal-adorned flats, and retro kitten heels that also make for serious eye candy without sacrificing comfort. “Design details like sparkles and metallics make everything feel festive, whether a heel or a flat. Personally, I have been living in our Pierre slipper, which comes in velvet, satin, and knit — with a crystal bow on top!” Larroude says. “I have been wearing it for all my holiday parties, since I still want to be comfortable and chic this holiday season!”
When it comes to styling these flashier looks, allow the party shoe to be the focal point of your look. Opting for a knee-grazing metallic or boldly colored boot instantly amps up the It factor of the simplest LBD. The quirkiness of a rhinestone-encrusted mule adds a playful touch to a sophisticated evening gown. Meanwhile, chain-adorned loafers can make a casual denim look instantly appear more polished.