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So many party shoes, so little time! Make the most of soirée season with festive heels, flats and boots to suit every event in your calendar

The comfortable (yes, really!) Christmas heels

Going-out shoes needn’t be the bane of party season. In fact, our clever Insolia technology helps to keep them comfy all night long, whether you choose strappy sandals or sleek stilettos – and even if you like your Christmas heels super high. How does it work? By redistributing weight away from the balls of your feet and boosting ankle stability – a godsend when dance floors are involved.

Barely there strappy sandals are always a hit come December; for a modern touch, pick a pair in black or metallic faux leather. Open-toe party shoes are great for showing off the at-home pedicure you perfected during lockdown – go for a vampy noir or sparkly gold nail polish for maximum glam after days spent working from home in slippers.

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The party-ready pumps

Think flat shoes are boring? Think again. Embellished pumps punch well above their height, sartorially speaking. Whether you opt for modern metallics, festive velvet or sleek black leather, pointed pumps bring the party without compromising on practicality. Ideal for those who prefer flats to high heels, these chain-detailed pumps tick all the style boxes

Embrace your time to shine by pairing sparkly shoes with leather trousers, straight-leg jeans or wide-leg velvet trousers for a fuss-free Christmas party outfit that works wherever you are headed. Flat party shoes also complement ankle-grazing maxi dresses and pleated skirts by balancing out proportions.

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The suede boots in Santa’s favourite shade

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a dash of festive red, and what better way to step into the season than in a pair of red boots? Perfect for when you’re heading out on a chilly night, elegant red ankle boots will keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes while looking chic at the same time.

If you refuse to be parted from your beloved ankle boots between October and March, it’s time to invest in a party-ready pair. Look out for glamorous details such as luxurious suede, a patent finish and mid or high heels to add a glitzy edge to your look.

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The all-that-glitters trainers

You don’t have to wear heels to look dressed up – with embellished and animal-print designs on offer, trainers sometimes make the best party shoes. A sparkly party shoe with a low heel and it will provide a dazzling finish to your Christmas party outfit, as well as supreme comfort.

For those who want a fashion finish, try trainers with a glittery focal point: toes, sides or heels. We love these glittery star-detailed trainers, Team with a pair of sleek cigarette trousers for a modern take on festive style, ideal for more relaxed Christmas gatherings and kids’ parties.

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The eye-catching Christmas heels

Going all out with your party looks this year? Throw a serious amount of sparkle into the equation with a pair of metallic Christmas heels that are bound to catch compliments. Choose a pair with multiple straps to tap into the nineties trend and style with sequinned side-split trousers for maximum impact.

Magpies will argue that metallic sandals aren’t just for Christmas – wear them for special occasions year-round and you’ll be the best-dressed guest, whatever the dress code dictates. Team silver party shoes with a plush velvet blazer and smart jeans for cocktails with the girls or a satin slip dress for New Year’s Eve. Cheers!

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The failsafe black ankle boots

When in doubt, reach for a pair of black party shoes. The ultimate footwear for timeless dressing, sleek black boots, classic courts and diamanté-embellished mules add the finishing touch to any after-hours look. Consider chic black heels the LBD of shoes: the type you can call on at any time, for any occasion.

If you’re the capsule-wardrobe kind, you’ll no doubt already have a favourite pair of black party shoes in your footwear line-up – but if you’re on the lookout for a new go-to, black ankle boots get our vote. Add glittery or sheer tights to dress up for the dance floor in an instant.

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Words: Miranda Eason Art direction: Sarah Clark Images: Amber Dixon Styling: Tobi Millward Hair and make-up: Lucy Gibson Model: Naomi Janumala at Models 1

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