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Our Favorite Cute Shoes for Winter Parties

Design: theSkimm | Photos: J.Crew, Free People
Dec 6, 2022

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Overflowing with winter party invites? Bravo. Planning your footwear choice is an immediate must. We’ve found bejeweled heels, rhinestone sandals, and feathered mules if you’d like to lean into the festive aesthetic. We’ve also found shearling sneakers and comfy loafers if you'd low-key still prefer to be on the couch (we’ve all been there). Let’s get to it.

A platform sandal that’s been our go-to for years…

Arguably the original platform sandal, these babies have never let us down. They’re comfortable, thanks to the sturdy platform and padded sole, but also cute with the retro double bow. There are seven colors to choose from, but the pink metallic is especially party-ready. ($145, Aerosoles)

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A pair of embellished heels we want in every color…

Best believe we’re bejeweled when we step out in these pointed-toe pumps. They feature a crystal embellishment reminiscent of a holiday wreath and a flared heel for a unique touch. If you’re like us, you’re equally as obsessed with the black, pink, and clear. Time to make these shoes your new personality. ($178, Free People)

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Sleek loafers with a little hardware…

If you want to know what our favorite loafers are, the answer is most always Vagabond. They’re both reasonably priced and trendy, but also long-lasting and comfortable. These are no exception, with their square-toe, chunky sole, and patent finish. They’re downright glossy. The silver chain makes them your new party shoes. ($175, Free People)

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A platform sandal you can dance all night in…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Michael Kors heels are it. Strap these on before a big night out and rest assured that you won’t be in pain by the end of the evening. Between the platform, block heel, and substantial ankle strap, there’s almost zero chance of you slipping out of these, no matter how much fun you’re having. Grab the gold for endless compliments. ($116.25+, Amazon)

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Feathered mules that will dress up any outfit…

We almost did a double take; these are just too good. The squared-off pointed toe, kitten heel, and faux-feather trim. Swoon. The best part is you can pair them with a simple outfit like jeans and a sweater, and suddenly you have a party ’fit. Now we’re talking. ($228, J.Crew)

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A pair of crystal sandals you’ll wear way more than you think…

From It sandal brand Larroude, these are a dressed-up version of the sandal we couldn’t stop wearing over the summer. They have a block heel and a baby platform for a little lift, but have all the comfort of a flat. With the added rhinestones, these are almost too pretty to wear (almost), but we’d pair them with everything from dresses to velvet pants to jeans. ($330, Shopbop)

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A heeled sandal by your favorite dress brand…

While you’re browsing for the perfect winter party dress, why not grab a timeless heeled sandal? The knotted upper and cylinder heel make these feel special, plus they’re just the right height to still be considered comfortable. Between the black and the two-tone gold and silver, you really can’t go wrong. ($278, Reformation)

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A rhinestone bootie that’s a whole party by itself…

Just wow. When you arrive in these, the party can officially start. Each inch of these square-toe booties is decked out with sparkly rhinestones in the color of your choice. Your New Year's outfit called, it wants to be paired with these boots. ($119.99, DSW)

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A metallic pump for a futuristic look…

We don’t often wear a true heel, but we might have to change our ways for these. The patent leather in iridescent silver is incredibly chic. Pair them with dark denim or leather pants, and prepare to be feeling yourself. ($118, Revolve)

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A rhinestone version of your favorite sandals…

Our audience (hey, that’s you) loves these, but now they come with rhinestones. Run, don't walk, to snag ’em. From the block-heel sandal for comfort to the affordable price tag, these serve up a lot. Now you can love them for all your party-outfit needs. We’ll let you in on a little secret, grab a few pairs before they sell out, and once you’ve worn these into the ground, you’ll have a shiny new pair on hand. ($39.99, Target)

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A knee-high boot that comes in wide-calf sizes…

She’s classic with a square toe, block heel, and knee-high upper that comes in nine different styles, from black-and-brown faux crocodile to smooth faux leather. They have a side zipper for easy on-and-off and come in sizes for larger calves as well. ($119+, Amazon)

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A shearling sneaker if you’re already planning on leaving early…

Shhh, we won’t tell. If Irish goodbyes are your thing, prepare for a quick getaway with these shearling-lined slip-on sneakers. They’re ultra-soft and luxurious, with a durable rubber sole, so even if the weather is frightful, there won’t be any slipping or sliding around. They come in five colors and customers say they actually keep your feet warm. Sold. ($278, M.Gemi)

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A cult-classic boot with a patent makeover…

Dr. Martens are known for their durability, so this one is no exception. What makes it party-appropriate is the patent upper your most fashionable friend would approve of. That, and the pink colorway we’re obsessed with. If comfort is key, this is your best option. Not to mention how warm your toes will stay as you’re making your way to the party venue. Score. ($104.98+, Amazon)

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A classic loafer that comes in too many styles to count…

These bit loafers are menswear-inspired and dress up a pair of jeans easily. There are leather, patent, velvet, and croc styles, so no matter your outfit, you can bet you’ll find a pair to match. Psst…we just ordered the raspberry velvet. You’re welcome. ($104.95+, Sam Edelman)

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Leather ballet flats you can wear year-round…

These flats feature extra sole cushioning for support as you stand and mingle. They look just as good paired with tights and a skirt as they do with a sundress in the summer. We love an all-season shoe. They come in seven colors, including silver. Shine on. ($100, Fitflop)

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