As exams draw to a close, Party Season is creeping ever closer and it’s time to make the most of the summer nights by investing in a pair of party heels. However, as Caitlin Moran points out in her book How To Be A Woman, many high heels are designed to be worn on the catwalk or the red carpet, and are simply not durable on a night out in the real world. So, here at MouthLondon we have found the perfect solution, giving you a list of the Top 5 Party Heels that combines style with maximum comfort.
For the past few summers, the espadrille has dominated the footwear scene; however what makes a comfortable daytime shoe is often unsuitable for a night out on the town. These gorgeous lavender wedges from Topshop cleverly combine the espadrille look with a wedge heel, and are bang on trend with their blend of pastel colours.
These are so great on so many levels. Firstly, the leopard-skin pony-hair uppers are all the rage. Secondly, these wedges remind us of the ever-popular Desert Boot – a classic shoe with which you can never really go wrong; and thirdly, they are also reminiscent of the Doc Marten creeper, so they will automatically give an edgy flair to any outfit. Try combining these with some PVC leggings and a loose-fitting racer-back blouse to emulate SS12’s more grungy side.
Remember when you were around four years old and jelly shoes were the latest craze? Almost two decades later and the jelly shoe is all grown up – just take a look at these beauties from River Island! An agglomeration of the Plastic Fantastic and Neon trends that are so popular this Season, these wedges are also reminiscent of the Ted Baker SS12 Collection, whilst remaining a fraction of the price… Score!
Colour speaks volumes this Season, but you don’t always want your shoes to be the main attraction. Zara tones it down with these relatively demure sling backs, which still manage to pack a punch with their statement stone-encrusted heels – a softer take on the spikes currently seen bedecking clothes, shoes and accessories on the High Street. Plus, the thickness of the heel means that it is not only a statement, but also a lifesaver on the dance floor, giving your feet infinitely more support that a stiletto heel.
Again, these shoes manage to remain a talking point without taking over your whole outfit. This wedge is all about the print, making good use of this Season’s Tribal vibes, but the neutral colours mean it can be combined with almost anything. Wear with a black bodycon dress for a sophisticated evening look, or mix it with other Tribal clothing and jewellery to give your outfit a bold, fun-loving feel.
Images courtesy of Terri-Ann Hanlon, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, River Island, Zara and ASOS