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Party shoes you can walk (and dance) in

— by Alyson Walsh

Photo: Kristin Perers

Not so long ago I was asked to join the Flats vs Heels debate with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London. The catalyst for this conversation was the publication of Michelle Obama’s memoir (review coming soon) –  the former first lady had revealed that, in 2009, when she broke royal protocol and gave the queen a hug, they were talking about how after a long day in heels, they couldn’t wait to take their shoes off. ‘We were just two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes.’ Indeed.

My motto has always been, ‘No-one ever looked glamorous when their feet hurt’. And so you can guess which side of the debate I was on. Having a fail-safe pair of party-ready flats or low-heeled shoes you can walk in is more comforting than knowing there’s a glass of mulled wine with your name on it, followed by a lie-in the morning. The photo above is the outfit I wore on my 50th birthday, almost five years ago: a silk blouse, evening maxi skirt (25 quid in the M&S sale) and my Roger Vivier flats. Partywear without the performance. The sequin skirt + metallic pumps combo also works for book launches  – and I may wear it next week with a cashmere jumper to my Christmas event at Columbia Road.

Photo credit: Vogue magazine

Fortunately, there are tons of gorgeous shoes to party in this season. Make the most of cocktail loafers, decorative flats, metallic brogues and velvet slippers. Plus, a right royal selection of low and kitten heels. Perfect with jeans and a party top; so that we can feel liberated while remaining footloose and faff free.

 

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