1. Heavy metals:
Rockstuds, studs and all forms of metal influence on shoes have taken the fashion world by storm. One can find a valentino rockstud on just about anybody today. Just about. So how do I deviate and still conform to the rules? I choose studs that make me rock in other ways. The Camilla Skovgaard one is quite the head turner. I have paired it often with a simple dress and it has been the center of all the conversations I have had. The Valentino and the Michael Kors one pale in comparison to that, but can none the less rock an outfit. The subtle studs in these two make it rather comfortable for me to wear them to work with slacks. If you are considering going for these latest trend setters, your mind and heart or the right track, choose differently though, and stand out rather than be one with the crowd.
Valentino Garavani rockstud sandals
Michael Kors rock stud pumps
More metallic studded options from DV by Dolce Vita, Penny Loves Kenny, DKNY, Jessica Simpson, French Connection, Sam Edelman and Steve Madden.
These pumps speak for themselves and I have reserved them for occasions of holiday parties which call for a lot of glitz and glam. They are super tall, and even though I am fairly comfortable in them, they are somehow too snug by the toes. I have never worn them for more than 4-5 hours at a stretch, which usually covers a holiday party night. They shine just right when light hits them and the small rhinestone reflect but the velvet base adds a matte effect on them that does not make it too shiny. So its like the perfect yin-yan. You must have one that you can use as a staple for weddings, cocktail parties and those summer nights of endless parties!
Pour la Victoire pumps
More rhinestones options from Badgley Mischka, INC, Ivanka Trump, Jean Michel Cazabat, Nina,Enzo Angiolini, Steve Madden here, here and here.
These remind me of Wizard of Oz. The red ruby pumps and all the sparkly dream like fairy tale associate with it. The glitter gives off just the right amount of sparkle for those office cocktail parties where you would wear your sheath dresses but want a subtle hint of glamour. I have worn these in winter and otherwise and I can tell you, even though they are tall, I find them to be one of the most comfortable shoes. My mantra for shoes is, if I have one of a kind in the category, I am good. To me, it is always a fun challenge to be able to pair a single show style with multiple different outfits without being out-of-place.
Christian Louboutin Bambou
More glitter styles from BCBGeneration,Badgley Mischka, Lucy Choi, ALDO, ASOS, Cole Haan,Nine West, Kate Spade and BCBG Max Azaria
4. Metallic :
Gold sandals are quintessential in my shoe closet. I wear these with indian outfits and western and they go perfectly every time. Gold or silver sandals can be paired up or down depending on the occasion. If you notice, the gold sandals I prefer have a less “yellow” ness to them except for the Nine west one, which I have worn to death with almost all my Indian wear. Keep a staple and go to golden or silver sandals in your closet at all times, with dresses, skirts and even slacks, they can be the perfect and subtle addition of classic elegance to any outfit.
Jimmy Choo Mantra
Outfits where I have worn the Mantra are here and here.
Nine west sandals
Christian Louboutin Sandals
Gold sandal options from Schutz here and here, Ivanka Trump, ASOS, Jessica Simpson, Badgley Mischka, Loeffler Randall, Pelle Moda, Steve Madden and Nina.
5. The Others:
Probably one of my earliest shoe purchases in life, these Guess sandals speak for themselves and are my dancing pair. I have worn them for about 7 years now and they have been one of the most trust worthy pair of shoes I can put on with any outfit and glam it up a few notches. The ankle strap and the circular geometric design connecting the front strap adds so much character to this outfit. I couldn’t really categorize them. I am sure we all have a pair or two of such pieces which are just unexplainable, but a must have. So when in doubt, buy them shoes and don’t judge.
Similar ankle strap options from Via Spiga, Guess, Michael Kors, Fergie, Badgley Mischka and Steve Madden.
Like all shoe edits, this will also be filed under the Shoe’s I Swear By page, where the Summer and Fall/Winter collections currently reside.
I hope these holiday and party shoes have helped you narrow down to the shoes you should have in your closet for all kinds of events in your life. Have a great week ahead.
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