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 for 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.
First, let’s take a look some of the most stylish flats you could choose for the party season.
Opting for a pair of silver or gold party flats is an easy way to get into the party spirit. Jewel Badgley Mischka is a good brand to look out for if you’re searching for jeweled footwear.
Jewel Badgley Mischka Camden Flats
A pair of black flats is a classic, timeless option. Look out for flats with special little details to make them stand out from the crowd. Sara @style_designco above opts for shoes with a print.
Recreate her outfit with this similar tie waist top (another option here), bootcut jeans and flats.
The Anthropologie flats (below) have little details like the seam towards the pointed toe, the bow and the little cutout that make them stylish enough for evening.
Anthropologie Pointed-Toe Ballet 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.
Reviewers of the Cattle Shop shoes (below) say they are more beautiful in person.
Cattle Shop Rhinestone Foldable Ballet Flats
Or, you could choose this version from Meeshine, which come in black, silver or gold. Reviewers say they are soft, pliable and stylish.
Meeshine Foldable Soft Pointed Toe Ballet Flats
Choosing a special material is a good way to ensure that your flats look the part for a party. The ERIJUNOR flats (below) also feature a rhinestone brooch and would look fabulous worn with black pants.
ERIJUNOR Rhinestone Satin Flats
You can also think about making an impact with the shape of your shoes. The cut out sides of the D’Orsay style (below) add a point of difference while the bow elevates them further.
ERIJUNOR Bow Knot D’Orsay Pointy Toe Flat
You might also want to think about a pair of mules for your party.
Sheree @shesheshow above chooses a pair that picks up the colors in her outfit.
Get her look with this similar puff sleeve dress, mules and handbag.
You could also look out for a pair of mules with embellishment like the pearl straps on the Nine West shoes (below).
Another option for you from Nine West (below). The silver pointed flats with brooch are sure to be the star of your outfit.
While loafers can have something of a “staid” image, they definitely don’t have to be boring. The embellished loafers (below) would dress up even the simplest of outfits. Try wearing with a pair of jeans, white shirt and blazer.
You could also think about a pair of slingbacks. The Jeffrey Campell shoes (below) feature diamante to add sparkle to otherwise simple pointed slingbacks.
Jeffrey Campbell Pristina Slingback 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.
Lizzy @whatlizzyloves above (read her style interview here) opts for buckle flats with her white dress.
Recreate her outfit with this similar white dress, slide sandals and handbag.
For a pair of buckles more suited to the winter season, you could try the FARYL flats (below) which also have the bonus of being made of sumptuous velvet fabric.
FARYL by Farylrobin Lorna Flats
If you want to draw attention to your ankles, a pair of ankle strap shoes could be perfect. Just be aware that if you are worried about making your legs look shorter, ankle straps can have the effect of visually cutting across your leg.
The MarHermoso shoes (below) come in a huge choice of color options so you should find one to match your outfit.
MarHermoso Ankle Strap Pointed Toe Elegant Ballerinas
Or, rather than the pearl embellishment, you could choose the diamante strap detail on the satin shoes (below).
MarHermoso Satin Ankle Strap Cross Diamante Pointed Pumps
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 currently.
The Boden shoes (below) almost look like a pretty Christmas parcel.
You could think about adding a playful element to your festive party outfit, such as with the Christmas lights design on the J.Renee shoes (below).
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.
Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here) chooses a pair of low-heel kitten heels with her bright pink dress.
Check out this similar dress, white sandals, clutch and necklace.
The J.Renee slingbacks (below) feature a 1.5-inch heel and colorful crystals.
ankle strap heels
Or, you could choose an unexpected shade for winter, such as the pink kitten heels from Boden (below), which reviewers say are beautiful, comfortable, well-made and elegant.
I love the bright red of the Cole Haan flats (below) and the little cut out at the side.
LOW HEEL pumps
A pair of low heel pumps is a classic option.
Rita @ritapalazzi above (read her style interview here) chooses pumps to match her blazer.
Get her look with this similar shirt, blazer (another option here), jeans, pumps and handbag.
DREAM PAIRS Moda Low Heel Pointed Toe Pump
Badgley Mischka is another good brand to look out for if you want a pair of special low-heeled pumps like the gold embellished shoes below.
Badgley Mischka Collection Ginny d’Orsay Pointed Toe Pump
Do you ever wear flats for evenings out or parties? Or do you always wear heels? Let me know in the comments below.
shop the items above here:
- The Most Comfortable Heels That Look Hip AND Are Comfortable To Wear
- How To Wear Flat Shoes And Not Look Frumpy
- How To Dress For A Christmas Party: 11 Outfit Ideas!
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Beautiful selections. But at 49 with 20 years of Raynaud’s disease and deep worsening arthritic pain – I’m so limited. Extremely limited. Sighhhhhhh
Thank you for sharing these lovely options! I remained comfortable in heels, even after entering my fourth decade. However I fell three months ago while hiking a steep, rocky descent and fractured my right fibula. Everything is healing nicely but I won’t be ready for heels this holiday season. These choices are so stylish I may never return to heels again!
Where I can place a order
Just click on the links to go the relevant stores.
Great article. I am that person who loves wearing heels (stilettos. However, I do like the styles shown in this article. Thinking of trying a pair of flats.
Please keep me informed? Recuperating from surgery, but soon I’ll be out and shopping
I like your styles and would like to place an order. Thank you
Just click on the relevant products and go directly to the stores. These are all external stores and independent of 40+style
Great post. Love all the examples you have shown. My problem is flat feet and a low instep. Makes my feet look very big and strange. But sometimes I can find low heeled shoes that look good.
This is a terrific article. BRAVA!!! So generous with fantastic examples. I am in my 70s and can no longer wear high heels. I do wear low ones like you show. But I have to say, I love the flats. I am still (age approprately) style conscious and this article showed me that I am on point with my shoes! Thanks for giving such detail and wonderful variety.
Great to read that this was useful!
You absolutely can!