Best Glitter Shoes for a Radiant Look Reviewed
What comes to mind when you think of glitter shoes? A whole new wave of fashion trends, right! Not too long ago they were reserved for Las Vegas and glamorous New Year’s Eve parties in Times Square but gone are the days of glittery footwear being something reserved for parties and such. The thought of mixing a casual pair of sneakers, flats, boots, or even sandals, with shimmering stones, an inherently dressy element, has captured the attention of consumers worldwide. Suddenly they became the next best thing to happen in recent fashion history. Pair with your favorite ripped jeans or the go-to pair of heels or even match with a sultry minidress for Friday night cocktails with the girls. Whatever the occasion, we have the perfect list with a pair for every event.
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10 Best Glitter Shoes
1. Sam Edelman Felicia
Won’t Last Too Long
This pair of ballet flats are the go-to choice for a number of women around the world. Available in a huge variety of colors, they’re easy to style, while providing you with a combination of quality build and comfortable style. If you opt for the shiny gold version, you’ll be getting a pair of flats that will easily transition from day to night time wear and will work well with almost any outfit in your closet.Read more
Inspired by ballet flats made for dancing, the Felicia features an elastic drawstring that gives you the ability to adjust the fit. You can tighten or loosen the elastic drawstrings as much as you need, and you’ll stay comfortable knowing that they won’t slip off.
If you’re going to spend an entire day or night in one pair of flats, then they better be gentle to your feet. The Felicia features a padded footbed that offers a good amount of cushioning, lessening the pain you feel in your arch, joints and back, even after spending hours on your feet. With a price that’s average, the Sam Edelman Felicia is a great investment for those who like a flat that can be both subtle and flashy depending on what it’s styled with. The rounded toe and elastic topline add some comfort to the style, and the color selection ensures that everyone can get their perfect pair of glittery flats.
2. Corral Martina
Leather Sole Requires Care
Want something unexpected? Why not opt for a pair of unique cowboy boots that are sure to draw attention. It’s a pair of boots from the brand’s wedding line, but is actually appropriate to wear anywhere - from parties and get-togethers, even to casual wear when you want something that will highlight your unique style. The 13” shaft even makes these boots a good choice for when the weather turns cold!Read more
Corral boots are made with excellent materials, and the Martina is no exception. Both the upper and the lining are constructed out of cowhide, which is a durable type of leather that’ll slowly mold to your foot, giving you a pair of boots that’ll last a lifetime with some good care.
The most expensive footwear is always made with a leather sole, which makes that recognizable sound when you walk. Leather soles are great for anyone who likes natural cushioning and support but notes that footwear with this type of outsole should not be worn in rain and snow, and will need resoling every once in a while to ensure proper protection and performance. Leather cowboy boots, especially ones that are made with quality materials, are expensive items. The Martina is no different, as it’s the most expensive pair of footwear on our list. It will set you back quite a bit, but it should last for years to come. Do note that, being made with leather in the upper and sole, it will require more care than your regular pair of everyday footwear.
3. Steve Madden Belle
Man Made Upper
Man Made Lining
Side Elastic Gores
1 ¼” Platform
Slip on the Belle by Steve Madden and take the world by storm. These platform sneakers come in silver and gold for a bit of a pop of style for when your casual outfit needs just a bit more je-ne sais-quoi. As with all Steve Madden footwear, you can expect these to be comfortable for all-day wear while giving you a bit of refined style to show of unique looks.Read more
Platform footwear is a great option for those who like to have a bit more elevation, but prefer to skip high heels. The rubber outsole on these slip-ons will keep your feet protected, giving you a more stable shoe for walking.
As a slip on, this shoe features two side elastic gores which not only make putting these on and off easier but also allow for a more comfortable fit - stretching to accommodate those with higher insteps.
4. Dr. Martens 1460 Pascal
Regular & Satin Ribbon Laces
Goodyear Welt Construction
8-eye Lace Closure
You’ve seen the classic 1460 style, as it’s one of the most iconic pairs of boots to this date. The Pascal is the updated version which allows for a bit more fun and excitement through the use of fun colors and textures in the upper, while still retaining the features that make the original so loved. With this boot, the ankle has more freedom to move, and for some, this will even mean better fit customization through the 8 lace eyelets.Read more
When you think of shimmering footwear, you’re most likely to have an image of silver or gold in mind. But the 1460 Pascal adds a bit more fun to the concept of shimmering footwear. It comes in four versions: blue, gold, silver and pink, all of which are made of PU leather that’s just the right combination of comfortable and durable.
Let’s face it, Dr. Martens boots look badass and rough because they were originally made for workers who needed foot protection and durability. But, with the Pascal, you get two pairs of laces: one pair that’s regular, and one made out of satin ribbon, for a soft and feminine touch to these rough boots. Boots by Dr. Martens are for life, which means that the average price these go for is a bargain. You’ll be happy to know that these boots are well cushioned, made with Goodyear welt construction, feature a slip-resistant sole, and with the right care will last you a lifetime. All you have to do is choose just one color.
5. TOMS Glitter
Molded Removable Insole
Fits True To Size
Requires Some Breaking In
Not For Cold Weather
The classic design is the no. 1 choice of many people for its soft comfort, very lightweight, and excellent flexibility. TOMS releases new colors and prints every year, and if you’re after a bit of shimmery magic, you need to check out these slip-ons for a simple but stylish addition to your wardrobe. Available in silver and rose glow, they will go with a number of outfits and will do just as well on casual occasions as they will for more dressed up events such as parties, birthdays or weddings.Read more
The insole on these TOMS is molded to provide you with the best possible arch support. It will adjust to your foot, and after a few wears, you’ll find that it’s one of the most comfortable pairs of footwear that you own. The outsole is made out of rubber, to provide you not just with a slip-resistant pair of footwear, but also to ensure your favorite slip on last longer.
Sure, everyone likes a durable shoe, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be out of leather. This pair of TOMS Classics is 100% vegan, meaning that no animals were harmed, and you will still get plenty of use out of them, with up to months, even years, of everyday wear.
6. Kate Spade Willa
Slip On Loafer
A pair of loafers is always in style, and the only way for loafers to get better is if they’re covered in shimmering magic. The Willa is a beautiful pair of loafers you’ll want to wear everywhere - not only does it look great, but it’s also a flat with a good amount of support and stability, which means that you won’t be left with achy feet at the end of the day. Pair these with a suit, and you’ll draw numerous compliments wherever you go.Read more
Just because these are covered in glittery goodness does not mean that they shouldn’t be made with the best materials. The leather upper on the Willa is soft to the touch and breathable enough for both spring, summer, fall, and even winter wear.
Completely flat footwear can be just as bad for you as sky-high heels, so a little bit of elevation is a good thing to look for. The Willa features a ½” heel that puts your foot in a better position for walking and standing, absorbs a bit more shock, but doesn’t put you off balance as high heels do.
7. Forever Link Remy
Excellent Arch Support
The Forever Link Remy is a shoe that’s an absolute favorite among those looking for comfortable footwear made for lots of walking and light activity. Whether you need something soft and cushioned for when you’re traveling around the world, for running errands, for work or even home wear, this style by Forever Link will easily become your daily go-to shoe. It comes in eleven different colors, meaning that you can easily pair it with a variety of outfits, giving it a bit of shimmer while remaining casual and comfy.Read more
This is not a feature you would expect to get from clogs that are this stylish. The Forever Link Remy has a removable footbed, so in case you need custom orthotics, you will be able to easily use them with these clogs.
To prevent any irritation or rubbing, the Remy features a round tow that allows your foot to rest in a natural position, avoiding the developing of any pressure points that may develop with toe boxes that are too tight. This means you’ll be less likely to have metatarsal or bunion pain if you wear this type of footwear. Compared to most other products on this list, the Forever Link Remy is quite a cheap shoe, and it will fit almost anyone’s budget. It’s a great option both for those who are after a bit more cushioning, as well as for those with foot health issues who need specific features such as the removable footbed.
8. Converse Chuck Taylor
Low and High Top Versions
Non-Marking & Non-Slip
Sole May Crack
Not for Wide Feet
Can you think of a sneaker more iconic than the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star? These are so popular for a reason - they’re easy to get, come in a huge number of color options, and you can even choose whether you want a low or a high top. Perfect for summer wear, but also popular in the colder months, the Chuck Taylor goes with any outfit and can be as casual or as elegant as you need it to be.Read more
When you want something no-fuss, a canvas upper is definitely the best choice. This lightweight material will allow you to move in any way you need to, without weighing you down, and it will breathe better than leather or synthetics, making sure that your feet are ventilated and dry throughout the day.
Originally made for basketball players in 1917, the All Star features a rubber sole that works great both indoors and outdoors, providing excellent traction on a number of surfaces. It’s also cushioning, making this a great choice for those days when you need to walk a bit more. Converse products have always been affordable, and the Chuck Taylor is no different. Depending on the color option you go with, you may have to pay a bit more, and you should know that their colorways are updated every season, so what’s available now may no longer be in stock six months from now. Nonetheless, they have glittery colors every year, so if that's you want, you’ll surely find the right pair.
9. Badgley Mischka Conroy
3 ¾” Heel
Crystals May Fall Off
If you’re all about that glam - whether it’s for a gala, opening night at the opera or your wedding day, the Badgley Mischka Conroy is sure to set you apart in the crowd. This mesmerizing pair of heels is the perfect combination of elegance and flashiness, combining a metallic sparkling upper with a toe and strap embellished with beautiful crystals. The open toe adds a note of playfulness, while the adjustable T-strap allows you to make these fit just right, to ensure you get a whole night of dancing out of them.Read more
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Walking in high heels, putting all your weight on the ball of your foot can be a painful experience. Luckily, the Conroy is padded, so that your feet don’t have to suffer as much. The leather lining will be soft to the touch, meaning that you can wear this style with hosiery or without - whichever you prefer. For a pair of designer heels, these come with a price tag that’s lower than expected. Ranking average on our list, the Badgley Mischka is a great deal and will look amazing with just about any ensemble.
10. Keds X Kate Spade Champion
Flexible Rubber Outsole
Two Sets of Laces
Spot Wash Only
Another pair of shimmering canvas footwear, but this time a bit more feminine. The collaboration between Keds and Kate Spade brings the New York Champion, a feminine sneaker for everyday wear that’ll work absolutely amazing in summer and spring. Pair these with a skirt or dress, and you’ll have yourself a stylish, feminine look that’ll be both elegant and comfortable.Read more
The rubber outsole on these Keds is flexible and easy to walk in. Additionally, the insole offers a good amount of padding, so that your feet are protected from the ground, and your steps are cushioned for a more pleasant walking experience.
The lining on the New York Champion is made out of a soft material that’s pleasant to the touch and can be worn with or without socks. It’s breathable, and won’t let moisture accumulate near your feet, which means less odor. Although Keds are usually affordable, this pair costs a bit more than expected, which is due to the designer collaboration. They’re a great option for glittery footwear and will look good with any clothes. Plus, you get two pairs of laces with them - regular and ones made out of satin ribbon.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, everything from ballet flats to sky-high stilettos and offer a myriad of design features. The most commonly worn styles include:
Ankle and knee-high boots have become increasingly popular over the last decade and are an excellent choice of shimmering footwear to match with a pair of jeans or a minidress. Flats are always a go-to choice of comfortable and versatile footwear that you can match with almost any outfit. As for pumps and stilettos, shimmering options look great with a dress or skirt and are the perfect accessory for parties, events, and social gatherings, while shimmering sneakers look great with athletic wear and blue jeans.
The design features a shoe has to offer are the enhancements that increase the overall comfort and performance it provides. There are several different areas included in the design features, like closures, straps, cushioning, arch support, heel height, and materials used. See below for a more detailed breakdown of each;
Closures/Straps: The type of closure a shoe has set the stage for how well it will fit and if it will stay properly in place without flopping or wiggling. There are three main styles of closure: traditional laces, buckle, and hook-and-loop. Laces are a good choice for a more secure fit because you have total control over how tight you wish to lace them, the downside to laces is that there is always the chance that will come untied leaving you more vulnerable to tripping and subsequently becoming injured. Buckle closures are a favorite for women including high-heels and flats because they’re dainty and can add an extra layer of style to your footwear. Buckles are usually attached to the strap of a shoe and also allow for a customized tightness which makes them a safe choice, while hook-and-loop closures probably offer the most customized and secure fit of all three styles. Hook-and-loop closures, commonly known as Velcro, allow the wearer complete control over how tight the shoe will be fastened and rarely come undone or loosen from the shoe.
Heel Height: The height of a shoe heel effects how well you’re able to walk as well as if you’re going to experience leg and arch pain from straining to walk in an unnatural way. The ideal height for a heel would be below four-inches, though it depends on your personal experience and foot structure.
The amount of cushion a shoe provides sets the stage for how good your feet are going to feel at the end of the day. Poorly cushioned footwear can lead to tired and achy feet because they do not properly absorb the shock waves which travel through the foot and up the legs on every step. Proper padding that’s both supple yet firm enough to provide support to the delicate underfoot arch area will absorb excess shock and prevent foot pain and fatigue.
The materials used to construct each shoe were taken into consideration in part, for their vital role in the overall comfort of the shoe. Materials like leather and canvas are good for moisture and odor control because both let adequate airflow around the foot as well as pull moisture away from the skin and push it towards the outer side of the material. This prevents a build-up of sweat and odors. Heavy fabrics are a poor choice because they block airflow and cause feet to sweat. As for water and weather-resistance, rubber is one of the best choices that not only protects from the elements but also provides superior anti-slip properties.
Not all of it is the same, there are many differences in the size, shape, and consistency of various glitters used in the making of the footwear. Continue below for a more detailed looked at the different choices there are:
The ultra-fine through fine type is best used to fill in spaces between larger pieces or to outline shapes, words, or logos. These glitters are more of a dusting powder and add breathtaking shimmer and are at their most brilliant when viewed from no further than an arm’s length away.
Medium glitters are viewable from as far as across the room and are only available in select few colors. Large ones will glean from across the street and are at it’s most beautiful when viewed from over 10 feet away. The extra large type comes in 1/4-inch squares and is best applied with care, usually one-by-one. It’s at its peak when viewed from over 20-feet away and is best when paired with smaller sizes to fill in gaps.
It comes in more than one shape, which makes for varied effects when multiple kinds are mixed. Some of the best shapes:
The most commonly found shapes used on footwear are hexagons, octagons, and circles, although any of the above-mentioned frames will look great on a pair of footwear. When larger pieces of shaped glitters have been used, it’s common for the gaps to be filled in with a fine type for a dazzling effect.
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When cleaning your glitter shoes, be gentle with removing dirt and debris to keep them clean. Avoid using a bristle brush to get out any stains, as this can remove the glitter from the upper.
Glitter shoes are great for formal nights, making them a bit more fun and posh. But, you can also wear your glitter shoes with a casual pair of jeans to give them a sassy fun appeal! Play with your pairing of glitter or sparkly footwear to help add flair to any kind of ensemble you pull together!
Other Factors to Consider
So, now that you’ve found yourself with an interest in the shimmering side of footwear you may be wondering how to pull off wearing a pair without looking too over-the-top which is why you’ve stumbled across this page. No matter what you look at for your next pair of glitter shoes, you need to make sure they will last you a while and won't wear out on your first time wearing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are they smooth to the touch?
Depending on the style and the manufacturer some of them are smooth, while some are not. They can be made using an additional coating on top to bring them to a smooth finish. Mod Podge, for example, can be applied over it to smooth it and to make for a super glossy look.
q: How can I clean them?
The best way to clean them without damaging them is by following these steps:
Step 2: Once you've filled your bowl submerge one shoe at a time and gently clean the upper with a soft bristle toothbrush.
Keep in mind while you're cleaning them that they can be very delicate and can get damaged with rough scrubbing or if you use too strong of a detergent.
q: What colors do they come in?
They come in all different colors ranging from pastel pinks to vibrant yellow, and smokey blues to emerald greens. Despite the huge array of colors some of the most popular are pinks, gold, silver, and whites.
q: Can I wear orthotic inserts in them?
Most of them will have a deep enough footbed to accommodate an orthotic insert though it's best to check each products individual description to be safe. They are really no different than regular footwear, apart from their shimmering appearance.