Best Party Shoes Reviewed & Rated
It’s the summer, the time of year when all people from all backgrounds of life come out to play and have fun. The elevated temperatures during this time ensure people dress down to only the essentials, so clunky winter coats, boots, and other coverings can be left at the door! This is the time of the year when people put on the best events. From brunches to day parties, to dinners, to cocktail events and more; these styles have you covered! Having the right style for these occasions is so incredibly crucial. When you’re rocking a pair of these, you’ll never fade into the background.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research
Wide Range Of Colors
Lace Bow Design
100% Vegan Materials
- Franco Sarto Darlis
- Lucky Brand Basel
- Gentle Souls Wedge
- Kaitlyn Pan Studded Flats
- Badgley Mischka Royal Dress
- Room of Fashion Over Knee Boots
- Steve Madden Declair
- SheSole Dance
- Sam Edelman Hazel
- TOMS Desert Wedge
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Party Shoes
1. Franco Sarto Darlis
Wide Range Of Colors
Lace Bow Design
100% Vegan Materials
The Franco Sarto Darlis Dress Pump is unique in that instead of an ankle strap; it has laces that tie up in a bow. These have a unique design that is bound to look great on your feet. You can get these in either leather or velvet, and they come in a variety of colors. This style covers the heels and back of your feet, and also your toes, leaving the middle of your feet exposed. They would go nicely with most things, just as long as the clothing ends a bit over your ankle, like crop pants or capris.Read more
You can get these in a wide variety of colors, including beige, green, purple, taupe, mauve and ivory. There are also some very interesting variations like Navy which is very dark blue and has white floral patterns all over it.
They may be one of the most comfortable heels you’ll ever try on. The footbed is padded and paired with synthetic soles. The heels are only 2.5 inches, so they are not high enough to cause any sort of discomfort. The only thing that might be a concern is the laces, which may rub on your ankles.
2. Lucky Brand Basel
Rubber Outsole For Traction
Stacked Block Heel
Wide Range Of Color Options
Dual Zipper Designed
Authentic Leather Upper
Limited Long-Term Durability
Everyone could use a little extra luck in their life, and what better way than from an apparel brand called Lucky? The Basel ankle boots are made with a stylish and comfortable stacked block heel, a wide range of size and color options, and a dual zipper design. You'll have a spring in your step and feel like Lady Luck is on your wide.Read more
While stilettos and other skinny heels are aesthetically appealing (and according to some folks, make your legs look longer), they are not inherently comfortable. They hold your foot in an unnatural shape which can be painful if you're wearing them for a few hours or standing for a while, and the heel's small surface area can make it difficult to balance on them, especially when dealing with stairs or uneven ground. While the heel on the Lucky Basel only measures 1.5", the stacked block style has a larger surface area to balance on, making them more comfortable for all-day wear, and reducing the chance of a painful (and probably embarrassing) stumble.
The Lucky Brand Basel are offered in over thirty different color options, ranging from basic black and grey to bright yellow and everything in between. They are even offered in some patterns, such as camo, leopard print, and a classic floral damask print. This makes it easy to find the perfect pair to match your outfit. Though with their relatively affordable price, you'll want to grab multiple pairs in different colors!
3. Gentle Souls Wedge
Small Toe Section
World-renowned fashion designer Kenneth Cole brings you Gentle Souls, a product line that is all about bringing some ‘Zen’ to your feet. The materials they use are patented and are made to provide the utmost comfort to your feet, all while being durable and strong. Not only are these comfortable, but they also look great too. The Gentle Souls Wedge Pump is a comfortable pair to wear, and they are gorgeous too. They are wedge pumps, but they could be thought of as flats, with heels only rising to 1.5”. If you are in the market for some stunning style but can’t wear heels, the Gentle Souls Wedge Pump may just be for you.Read more
The toe space on these are narrow, but they’re peep-toe as well, meaning your toes will have room to breathe. The section that covers the majority of the foot has a design that makes it look like a shell. This design adds to the comforting mantra that Gentle Souls is all about. In true d’Orsay fashion, the sides are cut away revealing the arch of your foot, so there is an ankle strap to probably balance that out, so your feet don’t feel like they’re falling out.
These are only available in a limited set of colors such as black, gold, black, gold leather and graphite. The gold leather is different than the others because it’s regular genuine leather, not suede like the rest. The graphite looks like you’re wearing dark gems on your feet.
4. Kaitlyn Pan Studded Flats
Unique Studded Design
Pointed Toe Section
Is it possible to fall in love with a pair of flats? The Kaitlyn Pan Studded Leather Flats is here to answer that question: YES! These flats are an example to other manufacturers in regards to how to properly design a great pair. What’s so special about these flats are the large, pointy studs that decorate them and the straps. Oh, speaking of the straps, these are also special in the way they are designed. There is one strap right below the ankle that goes across the arch of the foot, which is pretty standard, what is not standard in the middle strap that goes from the toes straight up to the ankle strap, which is not attached to anything else other than that middle strap.Read more
There are a lot of colors for you to choose from. These colors are not some dull ones either, they are the brightest colors that you could imagine. You can get these in fuschia, green, neon yellow, sky blue, red, brown, white, and you could also get these flats in certain patterns such as cheetah. The trim of the flats come in different colors as well, mostly tan, and the studs come mostly in gold, although these colors change depending on the colors you choose.
The Kaitlyn Pan Studded Leather Flats are unique. The thing that will catch a lot of eyes immediately when you wear it is the studs that are on the trim and the straps. The heels are truly flat at only 0.25”, and the outsole, which is made of rubber, is extremely thin. Because of this, you don’t want to wear these on rough terrain.
5. Badgley Mischka Royal Dress
Brooch May Fall Off
How about a pair that the celebrities are wearing? Not necessarily saying we saved the best for last, but these are designed for the red carpet. Designed by a couple of stylists hailed by Vogue as two of the “Top 10 American Designers”, the Badgley Mischka Royal Dress Pump will have you feeling like Madonna, Rihanna or Julia Roberts, all who have had outfits designed by the duo. Even without knowing the background, these just look like royalty. They have a nice velvet look, peep-toe and interesting design on the heel. These are great for more sophisticated events, such as galas, formal dinners, and weddings.Read more
Starting at the back, each is an embroidered brooch-like object filled with shiny stones in a flower shape, and from that is a long trail of more shiny stones that wrap around the heel. It’s such a nice touch and kind of looks like there’s a vine wrapped around your heel. The Badgley Mischka Royal Dress Pump has its heels measuring at 4 inches, and they come in a satisfactory variety of colors such as white, nude, black, blue and African violet. What makes these even better are they are peep-toe, which eases the pressure on the toes without having to make the toe space round.
These heels are a mix of velvet and leather. The velvet gives them a soft, glam glow. The soles are leather, which means they will mold well to your feet. That’s good news for those who will have to stand for a long time, like for example a new bride on her wedding day.
6. Room of Fashion Over Knee Boots
Stretch Fabric Upper
100% Vegan Materials
Wide Range Of Color Options
Limited Long-Term Durability
Hardly anyone wears over the knee bootsbecause it’s really hard to pull them off right. With the Room of Fashion Over Knee Boots, you will have boots that fit just right. Over the knee boots open up too much around the knees, but these boots are mostly made up of a fabric that hugs your legs right up to the top. Some of these boots are made a bit differently than the rest in that they are looser than the others, but the top of these boots do not feel awkward around your knees. The top of the boots are adjustable with drawstrings that tie around the back, and there is also a zipper at the side. The boots are not made from any animal products at all, and they come in a wide variety of colors.Read more
There are a variety of colors that you can get these boots in, such as maroon, silver glitter, stone, burgundy, denim, among others. There are some with a floral design stitched to the heel, as well as some other designs. Some variations are a bit different than the rest. These boots are mostly suede, but you can also get these velvet as well depending on the color you get, such as snake print and olive vegan. There are some with heels that are thicker, and ones that do not have anything to adjust the shaft opening. So you have to pay attention to what you are getting.
The heels, thick or thin, are 3 inches in height. They are made up of either a faux suede mix or fabric to ensure that they stretch properly around your calves. There are boots like the White Pu which are made up of a synthetic material that fits loosely but snugly around your legs and don’t have drawstrings or anything to adjust the opening of these boots. They are less stretchable than the others so you will have to be careful when buying these. But overall because the material stretches so well, and doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin, you won’t have much of a problem fitting into them.
7. Steve Madden Declair
Wide Range Of Colors
Comfortable Block Heel
Limited Long-Term Durability
Steve Madden is a great brand that loves to give stylish footwear to its customers are great prices. They try to make their brand look as luxurious as possible, from their logo to each model design, but doing it at affordable prices. The Steve Madden Declair Sandal continues in this great tradition, by making pumps that show off most of your feet including the toes but also making them comfortable to wear for a long time. These pumps have just two straps, one across the ankle, and one across the top of the base of your toes. These pumps also come in a variety of colors.Read more
These shoes are 100% leather with a rubber sole. To make the footwear more comfortable, Steve Madden added a cushion for your feet. One strap surrounds your ankles to prevent wobbling, and the other just anchors the top of your feet enough to expose those newly pedicured toes. The heels are high, 3.25 inches to be exact, but not too high to quickly cause discomfort.
The colors that these shoes are available in is probably the most interesting thing about them, They are available in black, blue, grey, gold, teal, and red, and each color has a variation that you can choose from. You are spoiled for choice with these shoes.
8. SheSole Dance
Rhinestones May Fall Out
Heels that are worn to casual events are great! They provide a cheap alternative to sometimes super pricey, classed-up footwear. But are there pairs to wear to a gala or a more formal event which won’t break your bank account, either? Yes, yes, and yes! There are heels just like this model by SheSole. These gorgeous heels look so incredibly elegant, and yet they're so incredibly affordable. You will feel like royalty when you step onto the scene!Read more
These sandals have a heel height of just 2.5 inches, which is lower than most heels of this type. But these are just high enough to make them pop. Each heel has a few rhinestones on them, but the rhinestones fill each strap. The rhinestone detailing, which stretches from the back of the heel up to the toe space, adds a generous sparkle
The SheSole Dance model comes in both silver and gold. These colors, along with the rhinestones, are eye-catching once the light bounces off of them. The gold and silver do not look cheap either; they look like gold and silver. We all know how silly it would be to invest in a pair of heels that look gaudy, or trashy. You'll find that this pair is neither one.
9. Sam Edelman Hazel
Wide Range Of Colors
No Ankle Support
Sam Edelman has been in the industry for a good while now and has become a standard-bearer in the fashion industry. This brand has a real eye for great silhouettes, and that is seen in the Sam Edelman Hazel Dress Pump. This footwear is guaranteed to look gorgeous on your feet. Not many brands can pull high heels off, but these get every single curve just right. They follow the contours of the side of your feet and seem to curve nicely at the lining of the shaft. They are available in a variety of colors for you to choose from.Read more
The Sam Edelman Hazel Dress Pump comes in a wide variety of interesting colors and patterns. Some interesting patterns you’d want to check out are a grey leopard, woven stripes, and Sahara leopard. To pull off each color, they are most likely made of a different material, such as leather, suede, Jacquard, liquid metallic and Brahma hair. The gold shoes, for example, are made up of the liquid metallic material, and they look so much better than they would in leather.
The heels are standing on 4 inches of heel, which are pretty thin but pretty steady. They are high but not at the height where you are most likely to have your ankles wobble a lot. The soles are synthetic which means they are slightly more flexible and breathable than they would be if they were leather. The toe space is pointed so you’d have to keep this in mind when buying them. To ensure you don’t have a torrid time wearing them because of the toe space, they made sure to add 4mm of cushioning.
10. TOMS Desert Wedge
True To Size
Durable Rubber Outsole
Multiple Color & Fabric Options
Wide Range Of Sizes
Prolonged Break-In Period
Dye Can Bleed On Darker Colors
TOMS has become a very popular brand over the years and is a staple of college campuses across the country. While their classic textile flats are their most iconic design, they also offer more formal designs such as boots and wedges. The Desert Wedge is one such design, coming in a wide range of color and fabric options.Read more
The TOMS Desert Wedge are offered in over thirty different color options, from basic black and beige to light blue and a few patterned options. They also come in different fabric options, such as suede, canvas, and burlap. Sizes range from 5-12 US and 35-43 EU, with some US sizes coming in different width options. This ensures that you will be able to find a pair that is not only comfortable but visually appealing as well.
Originally starting with donating shoes to children in need the One For One Initiative has blossomed into multiple areas of service around the world. TOMS partners up with organizations around the world to assist in proper pediatric and maternal care, as well as nutrition programs and working to make advancements in treating blindness caused by malnutrition. All of this is done neutrally, meaning that neither TOMS nor any of their partners have political or religious affiliations. For every purchase made, TOMS cannot only provide shoes for those in need but thanks to their partners, can work towards improving the quality of life of people around the world.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When you’re out on the town, you want to be the center of attention. Maybe not the exact center of attention for the more introverted readers among us, but you want to look good and be complimented. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and loved. You’ll fade right into monotony if you wear plain heels to a nightclub where it’s dark and loud. You need a pair that is louder than the music, which will make people say ‘Wow.’
Intricate, tiny stitching might wow someone in your office at 10:00 in the morning, but it won’t wow the cute guy or girl across the room. Instead of tiny stitching, these need to have very large and obvious parts and sections, like oversized buckles and flashy ribbons. But then again, they do not have to have oversized parts to have a wow factor. There are plenty of pairs that can sparkle bright or have rhinestones or other material that look like actual diamonds or precious stones.
This is another reason why these designs often have sky-high heels, because who’s going to strike up a conversation about your skills moving around in 3-inch heels? You are not going to get compliments on a normal ankle strap that wraps around your ankle, but you will attract eyes with ‘ankle’ straps that wrap up to your knees. But then again, these designs do not have to have oversized parts to have a “Wow!” factor, but they will have to be obvious though. There are styles that sparkle bright or have rhinestones or other material that look like actual diamonds or precious stones.
The wow factor is all about vanity, and the designs that we picked will make the night all about you. Whether the event is in the morning, noon, evening, or even after dark, these pairs will impress the people around you without emptying your pockets.
You can’t have wow factor without having great design. There are times where these products can have a simple design and look great, but when it comes to a striking look, there is no beauty in simplicity. Great design doesn’t only refer to how a looks, but also how it fits and functions as well. You can have the prettiest pair in the world, but it’s not designed to fit your entire foot as comfortably as possible, then it doesn’t make sense to wear.
First of all, the colors are very important. Designs in this vein do not have to have floral arrangements, or have polka dots, or be in loud colors to fit the bill. They can be black and still be well-designed. It all depends on the event that you are attending. If you’re looking to stand out at night time, you will either have to wear colorful footwear or perhaps a pair that features bright highlights.
Always ensure that when picking your partying footwear that you do not skimp on comfort, or you’ll surely face misery throughout the event. As said earlier, how comfortable the design happens to be is as important as how they look. We made sure that the footwear that we picked to review are comfortable, but everyone’s feet are different. Some feet are not suitable for high heels. You should know what your needs are, and you should shop with all those things in mind.
When we talk about mobility, we mean how much you can move in the pair that you pick. We talked about how design is important in the way the pair feels around your feet. If you are not able to move around in your footwear, then it’s probably designed poorly, or the design is simply not meant for you.
High heels are notorious for wobbling. This happens when a person wearing high heels do not have their feet, especially their ankles, properly secured, which causes balancing problems on the heel. We made sure that the styles we picked will have your feet well secured to walk around and dance just like everyone else. What’s the sense of having good looking footwear if you’re going to be sitting all through the event?
They must also have a good seat for your soles and must anchor your heels as well. This prevents embarrassing situations of not only wobbling but also slippage. The pair that you buy must be the right fit as well.
Heels are a style staple when it comes to flashy evening designs. Of course, we have also featured flat models. You won’t always want a tall heel to balance on after having one too many, after all, and sometimes it’s nice to have a pair to switch into. Heels are generally more popular, though, so that’s truly our focus. It’s difficult picking the right heels when shopping online, so there are a few things that you should keep in mind. When wearing high heels, the part of your feet that will most likely suffer the most are your toes. Usually, pumps will have pointy toe spaces, so if you know you’re going to have a problem with this, try picking footwear that either has open toe spaces or ones that have square toe spaces or round ones. But even if you are used to decreasing toe spaces, wearing styles with small toe spaces will give you a higher risk of developing corns, bunions, and even arthritis.
As mentioned before, high heels, especially those with small platforms, will make your legs more prone to wobbling when you’re walking. They also put more strain on your lower back and knees, so these are the things you must keep in mind when wearing heels over 3 inches. Your posture is extremely important when wearing high heels, to prevent health issues down the road. A good practice is to walk in your heels at home before taking them out, to get a good feel in them and to ensure you can walk in them.
The price of a shoe can sometimes be a deal breaker. That’s part of the reason why footwear manufacturers invest time and energy into creating cost-effective technologies to incorporate into their shoes to make them durable, long-lived, versatile, and inexpensive.
Durability & Longevity
Footwear, usually, lasts more than a few months, because shoes that are going to fall apart after a few months of use aren’t worth the investment of more than a few dollars. Leather and synthetic overlays can be used to make the shoes more durable without sacrificing flexibility. Firm leather or synthetic uppers provide durability and support.
Great footwear can be used for more than one activity. Walking and running shoes, for example, can be used in some casual sports. Stylish athletic footwear could be used in informal work environments. Sandals can be used in casual and semi-formal settings. The more situations you can use the shoe in, the more value it offers for the price.
Good footwear is easy to maintain and clean. They don’t require a lot of expensive shoe treatments or time-consuming upkeep. Shoes that need a lot of effort, time and money to maintain, don’t sell as well as shoes which are easier and cost less to keep.
As mentioned earlier, removable inserts in footwear make it customizable, but that’s not the only bonus to removable inserts. Removable inserts increase the longevity of the shoe, which is why some come with removable inserts.
A hefty price tag can be a deal-breaker for people on a budget. That’s why many can be found in the low-to-middle price range. They’re affordable, and if they are priced a little higher than others, then they offer many features to make the footwear worth the extra investment.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Selecting your next pair of glitzy glamorous party shoes shouldn't mean you can't last the evening in them. With so many varieties and styles to choose from, select one that's appropriate for the event. If you plan to dance the night away, choose something with a modest heel or flat. If you'll be sitting down for most of the evening, stilettos and posh embellishments is the way to go!
Sometimes high heels, especially stilettos, can leave your toes feeling the pressure of the evening. Luckily, there are high heel insoles you can purchase, which will add a bit more comfort and cushion to the forefoot. If you plan on being on your feet in stilettos or higher heel heights, gel or cushioned high heel insoles are a great option for additional comfort!
Other Factors to Consider
Styles designed for partying are loud, flashy, and generally eye-catching. These are the pieces in your wardrobe that collect dust until just the right time. There's a reason, after all, that we have such massive collections of footwear! Even if we don't wear any of the pairs daily, we still need them on stand-by just in case something special pops up. Picking the right pair is all about knowing the occasion, and looking into your own needs. There are occasions where you’re supposed to look your best but need something low key like the Dream Pairs Low Wedge. However, there are also times where you want to go hard at the nightclub and will need something loud like the Top Moda Platform Wedge. Whatever your needs are, you won’t have to look far and wide for the perfect fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What material makes for the best party shoes?
They can be made from leather, suede, or other synthetic materials and they all can look phenomenal. The type of material you choose will depend on your needs and the styles available. However, if you’re one that values comfort, you should look at leather and suede, as they mold to the shape of your feet.
q: How should I store party shoes?
A regular closet or storage space will do the trick. Any other care in storing your footwear will depend on the material they’re made of. Leather shoes may need regular conditioning and cleaning, while textile shoes can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.
q: What is the best height for heels?
There isn’t a “best height” when it comes to heels. It all depends on your wants and needs! The truth is that heels higher than 3 inches are more prone to cause you problems. On the flipside, they do give off a way better-looking aesthetic than shorter heels.
q: How will I know how comfortable they are before purchasing?
First, always look at the material. If they are made of leather, then you know they are built for comfort, but their comfort has limits. So do pairs made up of synthetic material. Ensure that you buy the right size, and also ensure the ones you buy to match your arch type. Your arch type describes how your feet are naturally shaped. People with low-arch types are best suited for low-heeled designs, while high-arch types can wear high heeled styles.
q: What color should I choose for my event?
The color that you choose not only depends on the event that you’re going to, but also depends on the clothes that you have. Bright colors are great to wear at a daytime event, especially with dark clothes, but they can also be worn at night. Same can be done with dark or neutral color. It all depends on you.