When you think about party wear, it’s likely that your go-to footwear is a pair of heels. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Not only are flats more comfortable but they are very on trend too. In this article you’ll find a choice of the best low heel party shoes that look good on your special day-to-day outfits too.

The key when choosing party flats (or low heels) is to opt for a pair of fancy flats that have a point of difference from your usual day wear. Scroll down for plenty of beautiful and comfortable party shoes that are sure to convince you to ditch your heels.

Low heel party shoes

You can wear your low heeled party shoes with everything from pants to skirts to your little black dress. Below you can see party flats which are embellished or made from beautiful fabrics – making them perfect for even the most formal of occasions.

You may also want to take a look at the advice in how to wear flats without looking frumpy.

Embellished mules

Abi wearing low heels party shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Abi (above) shows how a pair of flats can be perfect for party season. She wears her pearl-embellished, pointed flats with leather pants.

Check out these studded mules that you can wear with this similar cardigan, coated pants and handbag.

Kurt Geiger London 'Princely' crystal embellished mule | 40plusstyle.com

Kurt Geiger London ‘Princely’ crystal embellished mule

Rainbow-colored jeweled ballet flats

These multi-colored jeweled shoes from J.Reneé (below) will definitely make sure your feet stand out from the crowd if you’re looking for low heel party shoes. They would look beautiful with cigarette-style pants and a silk shirt.

J. Reneé 'Hanuko' crystal embellished loafer flat | 40plusstyle.com

J. Reneé ‘Hanuko’ crystal embellished loafer flat

Embellished silver flats

Opting for a pair of silver or gold party flats is an easy way to get into the party spirit. Badgley Mischka is a good brand to look out for if you’re searching for jeweled footwear.

Jewel Badgley Mischka 'Ulanni' embellished glitter flat | 40plusstyle.com

Jewel Badgley Mischka ‘Ulanni’ embellished glitter flat

Designer flats

If you really want to buy a very special pair of flat party shoes, you could treat yourself to a pair of designer shoes.

Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi heels are famous for featuring as Sarah Jessica Parker’s footwear of choice on Sex in the City. However, you don’t have to choose stilettos. The Hangisi style also comes in a flat version (below).

The best low heel party shoes that look even better than stilettos | 40[plusstyle.com

Nadine (above) shows off an outfit that would be the perfect choice for a night out on vacation.

Recreate her look with these similar flats, shirt, blazer, skirt, handbag and fedora.

Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' flat | 40plusstyle.com

Manolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’ flat

You can also try this less expensive option from Amazon which is very similar.

Sparkly shoes

Party season is the perfect time to add a touch of bling. The twinkly flats from Badgley Mischka (below) would look lovely with wide-leg pants.

Badgley Mischka Collection 'Gabi' embellished flat | 40plusstyle.com

Badgley Mischka Collection ‘Gabi’ embellished flat

Bow flats

While bows can be associated with dressing little girls, they can also look very elegant and grown-up when worn in the right way. Plus, shoes with bows on them are very on trend for winter and fall 2020.

ERIJUNOR bow half d’Orsay flats | 40plusstyle.com

ERIJUNOR bow d’Orsay flats

Pewter flats

If you love a minimal way of dressing and shoes with embellishments aren’t really your cup of tea, how about choosing a metallic pair instead and adding some texture. The Marc Fisher loafers (below) feature an on-trend reptilian print.

Low heel party shoes - Marc Fisher LTD 'Enaba' square toe loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Marc Fisher LTD ‘Enaba’ square toe loafer

Foldable flats

If you still want to wear your heels but you’re worried your feet may get sore towards the end of the night, how about a pair of foldable flats like the rhinestone slip-ons (below)? That way, you can start the evening in your heels and keep your flats in your handbag in case you want to switch.

Flat party shoes - Meeshine foldable ballet flat | 40plusstyle.com

Meeshine foldable ballet flat

Buckle flats

Another idea to elevate your flat shoes when searching for the perfect low heel party shoes is to look out for a pair with an opulent buckle detail.

Jona wearing low heel party shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Jona (above) wears buckle flats with her floral dress and pink blazer in an outfit which would be ideal for a wedding.

Get her look with this similar flats, maxi dress and blazer.

Flat party shoes - Meeshine ballet flat | 40plusstyle.com

Meeshine ballet flat

Ted Baker mules

This pair of mules from Ted Baker (below) should appeal to a broad range of style personalities from minimalists to those of you who love a glamorous look.

Party flats - Ted Baker London 'Lorana' mule | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London ‘Lorana’ mule

Suede shoes

Choosing a pair of shoes in an opulent fabric such as suede (or the velvet shoes below) can be the perfect choice for festive occasions.

Pas de Rogue 'Janet' bow flat | 40plusstyle.com

Pas de Rogue ‘Janet’ bow flat

Velvet shoes

Jeanne wearing velvet low heel party shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Jeanne (above) wears velvet bow shoes with her matching wrap.

Steal her look with these similar flats, top, pants, fur scarf and earrings.

Tory Burch 'Gigi' bow loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch ‘Gigi’ bow loafer

Snake leather

Modern yet classic and timeless, the pointy toe flat sandals (below) could be the perfect choice with elegant wide-leg pants.

Louis et Cie 'Cicilia' flat | 40plusstyle.com

Louis et Cie ‘Cicilia’ flat

Snakeprint shoes

Another snakeprint option for you below – this time with an oversized buckle. These Zac Posen ballet flats (below) would look equally good worn with your party outfits or with jeans at the weekend.

ZAC Zac Posen 'Vonte' skimmer flat | 40plusstyle.com

ZAC Zac Posen ‘Vonte’ skimmer flat

Zebra flats

You often see either leopard print or snakeprint featured on shoes – how about zebra print for a real point of difference?

Pas de Rouge 'Janet' skimmer flat | 40plusstyle.com

Pas de Rouge ‘Janet’ skimmer flat

Black silk flats

Silk is a beautiful fabric choice for your clothing. For example, a silk shirt can be perfect to dress up for parties, or to wear more casually with a pair of jeans.

The pointed toe flats below feature mesh silk as well as a padded footbed, which could be perfect if you need shoes with a little arch support.

Bella Belle 'Eva' flat | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Belle ‘Eva’ flat

Gold shoes

If you prefer gold jewelry to silver, how about choosing a pair of shoes to match?

Elke wearing metallic low heel party flats | 40plusstyle.com

Elke (above) shows how beautifully metallics go with white outfits.

Check out these similar flats, shirt, pants and clutch.

Stuart Weitzman 'Gabby' bow flat | 40plusstyle.com

Stuart Weitzman ‘Gabby’ bow flat

White studded flats

If you aren’t keen on crystal embellishment, you could try adorning your shoes with studs instead. The d-Orsay style flats (below) come in either a crisp white, or in bright shades of red combined with hot pink.

Cecilia New York studded d'Orsay flat | 40plusstyle.com

Cecilia New York studded d’Orsay flat

Red loafers

A little draping can be wonderfully flattering when it comes to your clothing choices, and can also look beautiful worn on your shoes.

AGL ruffle ballet flat | 40plusstyle.com

AGL ruffle ballet flat

Gold toe cap shoes

You don’t need to choose all-over metallics for your party shoes. If you prefer a more subtle style, you could loo out for shoes which feature a little metallic detailing such as the toe-cap flats from Linea (below).

Linea Paolo 'Deja' skimmer flat | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Paolo ‘Deja’ skimmer flat

Silver loafers

Loafers are a timeless classic, so they will never not be in style. Having said that, they’re definitely having a fashion moment and are particularly on-trend right now.

Donald Pliner 'Balton' loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Donald Pliner ‘Balton’ loafer

Navy blue flats

You may usually wear black shoes. But if you are opting for a little navy dress rather than your classic little black dress, you could choose a pair of navy flats to match.

Navy goes beautifully with so many different colors. Take a look at how to wear navy for more inspiration.

Linea Paolo 'Demi' d'Orsay flat | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Paolo ‘Demi’ d’Orsay flat

Bronze loafers

Can’t decide between gold or silver? How about bronze? I love to wear bronze shoes. You’ll see that my bronze boots were the star of the show for my minimalist winter wardrobe.

Linea Paolo 'Portia' loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Paolo ‘Portia’ loafer

Rose gold shoes

For a touch of playfulness, the Melissa brand can be a good choice for evening and day shoes – either for special occasions or vacations.

Melissa heart jelly flat | 40plusstyle.com

Melissa heart jelly flat

Low heels

It could be that you prefer a middle ground – you don’t want to wear flats but nor do you want to wear skyscraper stilettos.

There’s more comfortable heel inspiration in this article. And, below, you’ll find beautiful, low-heeled party options for you if you want to add an inch or two in height without being uncomfortable.


Anita wearing low heel party flats with her matching blue dress | 40plusstyle.com

Anita (above) matches her beautiful blue slingbacks to her dress.

Recreate her outfit with these similar slingback sandals, dress and cardigan.

J.Renée 'Faaye' slingback pump | 40plusstyle.com

J.Renée ‘Faaye’ slingback pump

Embellished low heels

Another slingback option for you, but this time with an embellished buckle detail. There’s a good choice from Badgley Mishka (below) if you love the look of the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi style but you would prefer a more affordable option.

Badgley Mischka Collection 'Gabrielle' slingback pump | 40plusstyle.com

Badgley Mischka Collection ‘Gabrielle’ slingback pump

Patent pumps

A patent, shiny option could also go well with your party wear. The Bellini pumps (below) would work well for either occasion wear or for work. Plus, they’re available in a choice of metallics, neutrals, and animal print, so you should find a color you love.

Linea Paolo 'Bellini' pump | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Paolo ‘Bellini’ pump

Silver heels

A pair of low-heeled sandals could also work well if the weather is warmer where you are, or you want an evening look on a sunny vacation.

Badgley Mischka Collection 'Zena' embellished slide sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Badgley Mischka Collection ‘Zena’ embellished slide sandal

Black pumps

Black pumps never go out of style.

Fee wearing low heel shoes with her pencil skirt and blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Fee (above) wears hers with a pencil skirt and print blouse for a look that would work well for the office or at dinner.

Steal her look with these similar pumps, blouse and pencil skirt.

Amalfi by Rangoni 'Alfanso' pump | 40plusstyle.com

Amalfi by Rangoni ‘Alfanso’ pump

Black satin pumps

For a bigger statement, you could add some bling to your black pumps.

Badgley Mischka Collection 'Ginny' d'Orsay pump | 40plusstyle.com

Badgley Mischka Collection ‘Ginny’ d’Orsay pump

Do you ever wear flats for evenings out or parties? Or do you always wear heels? Let me know in the comments below.

Continue reading:

  1. The Most Comfortable Heels That Look Hip AND Are Comfortable To Wear
  2. How To Wear Flat Shoes And Not Look Frumpy
  3. How To Dress For A Christmas Party: 11 Outfit Ideas!

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