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It’s hard to believe 2020 is already coming to a close. It feels like just yesterday we were stocking up on tie-dye sweats and face masks; now, our shopping lists are filled with sequin dresses and New Year’s Eve statement shoes. No, we don’t actually have any plans yet, but hey, don’t hate on our preparedness!
With social distancing orders still in effect, it’s unlikely that anyone will be attending a massive NYE party this year, but small family gatherings and virtual Zoom parties with friends will definitely take place. Yes, it’s a little more small-scale than we’d like, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dress to the nines! 2020 sucked, point blank, and we owe it to ourselves to go out with a bang as we welcome in the (hopefully) much better year ahead.
And before you go suggesting statement shoes aren’t necessary given your New Year’s Eve plans, let us remind you of one simple fact: Statement shoes will elevate any look. They’ll hold their own against the most maximalist of party ensembles and they’ll transform a tried-and-true white-tee-and-jeans combo into a luxe look worthy of street style photographers. So whether you’re planning to stay low-key and ring in the New Year at home with family or dance the night away (six feet apart!) with friends, treat yourself—or at least, treat your toes—to a stunning pair of statement shoes this New Year’s Eve.
Ahead, the chicest New Year’s Eve-approved statement shoes on offer right now. Because no matter what your RSVP is, you deserve to step into 2021 in style. Here’s to a new year, new adventures and even better—new shoes.
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Embellished Navy Pumps
Nina Shoes makes a ton of gorgeous party pumps, but the Nickie2 Heels in Navy Luster Satin are some of my personal faves. Look at those crystals! These babies are under $200, but you’ll look like a million bucks and then some.
Where black and gold meet, rockstar vibes are born. These Jeffrey Campbell Glammed Booties are just begging to be paired with your black skinny jeans and a good going-out top.
Disco Ball Flats
Crisp White Combat Boots
If you’re not into sparkles, glitter or glitz, you can still make a statement. Ditch black booties for blinding snow white—these Dr. Martens make the perfect contrast to your fancy ‘fit.
Clear Jeweled Sandals
Ringing in the new year somewhere warm? The Villa Rouge Stone Slides are an incredible choice for just under $50, with PVC straps blinged-out juuuust enough to get you noticed.
Who doesn’t love a classic black bootie with a statement twist? These Luci Embellished Bow Booties are shiny croc-embossed leather topped by the world’s sparkliest bow, further accented by a crystal block heel. A lot going on, in a good way.
These won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you take holiday attire seriously, you’ll go nuts for The Stephanie flats. If someone you know would die to ring in the new year in these, consider gifting them for Christmas. You won’t even have to wrap them!
Most high heels tend to be structured and stiff, but the Reese Silver Heels have a stretchy opening that won’t rub against the backs of your heels. Remember those Tory Burch flats you were obsessed with in high school? Same level of comfort, only a thousand times more chic.
Gold Glitter Booties
Is anything better than a little gold glitter during the holiday season? Swap your everyday black booties for these Silvya Glitter Booties by Jessica Simpson for a glitzy upgrade made for walking (into 2021, that is!)
If you’re all about an extra AF shoe, Betsey Johnson is your girl. The rhinestone fringe! The clear toe! The high heel! The SB-Maze Silver Heels really have it all.
Gold Foil Flats
I love the crackle-like look on these Schutz Evelin Mules, and the faux-shearling lining makes them the perfect upgrade to basic slippers if you’re spending New Year’s Eve cuddled up at home with your boo. BTW, these also come in metallic pink(!).
Those disco flats we were raving about earlier? They come in bootie-form, too! The Sasa Pointed Toe Bootie is the ultimate pick to pair with everything from an LBD to super baggy, light-wash jeans and a white crop top. Cute.
Kat Maconie has never made a boring shoe, and these Billie Double Chain Heels are no exception. If you want a statement shoe you can style all year long, these are a bold pick that give any look a little added oomph. Pair with tights for a very Blair Waldorf moment.
A version of this article appeared in December 2019.