Put on your dancing shoes: How to wear the party boots trend
A sparkling leg up
On or off the runway, velvet and a lil’ bit of glitz are the lavish common threads to this season’s opulent trend. But if these plush materials seem better suited to a Victorian-themed bash than your 9-to-5, think again: Designers as different as Valentino and Dries Van Noten put velvet on their runways, while Gucci and Balenciaga cash in on shimmering touches that extend to their footwear. Still unsure if these fête-primed staples are going to look as cool on your feet as they do on a day-time pyjama set? Look no further than the spring 2017 street style cast for countless takes on the dazzling party boots rebelliously worn out of their night-reserved dress code.
Case in point: Fashion editor Justine Lee stepped out in Vetements’ most coveted sock boots, brilliantly glinting under the crisp Paris sunbeams while doubling as a nonchalant complement to her plum Sacai dress. Korean model Irine Kim, too, went out and about on the streets of New York in her Phillip Lim ankle boots with — no, not a soirée frock — but a pair of good ol’ denim and a one-shoulder day top. For a retro-preppy ensemble, do like jet-setting model Poppy Delevingne who coordinated her glimmering flower-embellished booties with a shirt-underneath-sweater combo.
Tactile texture or shining shimmer, the festive footwear is doing time under the much-deserved limelight (and sunlight) — which just goes to show that there’s nothing wrong with letting your feet do the talking. Start shopping the season’s party boots and scroll below for style inspiration from the best of the fashion pack.