Fortunately for our feet, flats are have become a perfectly acceptable choice for grounding our party looks. But having a get-out-of-heels-free card doesn’t mean we don’t long for a bit of lift every now and then. As much as we appreciate our beloved loafers and kicks, there’s no denying the leg-lengthening power and put-together appeal of a great pair of heels — not that we’d sacrifice our comfort just to strut around all night in sky-high shoes. Now that holiday season has arrived, we’re making sure our party shoes are as pretty as they are pain-free. Because blisters and having to go barefoot are never a good look, here are seven holiday-worthy heels you can rock on the dance floor and beyond.
For a fashion-forward pick with an easy-wearing feel, choose a chic, loafer-inspired style with a comfortable block heel. Featuring a soft suede exterior and soft leather lining, this pair will give you a sturdy lift that won’t leave you limping, plus a pearl-and-fringe finish to keep you on-trend. 29Secrets Pick: La Canadienne Melle heel, $295.
Don’t let the four-plus-inch heel fool you — platforms actually help offset the height of your heel, balancing out the elevation and easing the strain on your arch. So why not take these towering stunners out for a spin, especially when they come in velvet (aka the season’s hottest fabric)? 29Secrets Pick: Velvet Platform High-Heel Sandal, $185 at select Banana Republic stores.
Slouchy boots were seen all over the Fall/Winter 2017/2018 runways, and this sparkly pair puts an ultra-festive spin on the trend. Simply add a gel insole and sport your comfiest socks for maximum can’t-stop-won’t-stop wearability. 29Secrets Pick: ALDO Claira boot, $240.
When it comes to heels that won’t hurt, it doesn’t get more comfortable than a chunky-heeled pump with an adjustable strap and padded foot bed. Add to that a (relatively) roomy rounded toe, pretty blush-pink hue and you’ve reached peak pain-free status with just the right amount of party-ready sparkle. 29Secrets Pick: Elaine Velvet Mary Jane Pumps, $200.
Metallic heels are a party season must-have that never go out of style. This pewter pair features Cole Haan’s Grand.ØS technology for a lighter, more flexible fit and increased cushioning that just might have you setting your sneakers aside even after the holiday season is done. 29Secrets Pick: Cole Haan Larue Grand Pump US$240.
Rest assured you won’t be limping in these slingbacks, thanks to a wearable three-inch heel, cushioned memory foam and elasticized strap. As a bonus, the ladylike silhouette gets a modern makeover in deep mauve, making it the perfect match for your dark-floral dresses and all-black ensembles. 29Secrets Pick: Zvelle Rayna Slingback, $375.
Ecco’s Shape line features unique soles moulded to the shape of the foot, meaning these pumps are flexible enough to keep up with your moves, yet stylish enough to complete all your festive-season looks. 29Secrets Pick: Ecco Shape 75 Rivet Pump $200.