These comfortable finds will ensure you can dance the night away.
New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year that you can pretty much guarantee you will be out until at least midnight. Comfortable shoes are a necessity if you’re going to be on your feet for the duration of the evening, but finding shoes that are both aesthetically pleasing and feel like you’re walking on air is a true task.
Heels can cause aching pains in the arches of your foot, or the toes if you’re not careful, but sometimes flat boots can do the same thing if they are just a little too narrow for you—for me, there’s nothing worse than having my pinky toe scrunched up and pounding while trapped in a shoe.
The good news is that your night doesn’t have to be like this—you can have the best of both worlds. Lots of brands are creating especially comfortable shoes that are functional and pretty, and if you know what to look for in those brands that don’t, you will be set for the whole evening. Take a look at our favorites below.
Mountain Sole Madyn Elastic Strap Pumps
Don’t let the word “pumps” scare you away from these 1.75” heel shoes, because they are guaranteed to be comfortable. A low heel gives you enough height to elongate your leg, but the block structure of the heel displaces the pressure you’re putting on your foot a little, so it will stay comfortable. Wide, elastic ankle straps are a welcome break from skinny leather ones that tend to dig into your skin. Also available in Desert Tan.
To buy: $60; target.com.
Nine West Abay Smoking Flats
If heels aren’t your thing, consider slipping on these rose gold metallic flats for the night. You’ll be able to dance the night away and will still look festive due to the metallic sheen of the shoe. These even have a padded insole that will make you feel like you’re practically wearing your house slippers out. Also available in four other colors.
To buy: $79; ninewest.com.
Chinese Laundry Raine Bootie
Sock booties are having a major moment right now, so step out in this sparkly pair on New Year’s for a comfortable, stylish look. Wearing these will be like slipping on some cozy socks that just happen to have a heel—talk about a score.
To buy: $90; chineselaundry.com.
Simply Vera Vera Wang Beaded Ballet Flats
Sparkles and beads are perfect for the festive night, so spend the night dancing away in these ballet flats. With no heel to worry about and a classic shape, you can wear these to New Year’s Eve and then to the office the next week if you so choose.
To buy: $60; kohls.com.
Easy Street Maxwell Over the Knee Boots
Over the knee boots will look great paired with tights and your favorite dress while you watch the ball drop. These feature a low, block heel and come in a variety of widths to fit any foot. Also available in four other colors.
To buy: $90; jcpenney.com.
Aerosoles Exquisite Pumps
Aerosoles is known for their comfortable shoes, so you know you will last all night in these sparklers. The toe is slightly tapered, but you still have plenty of room to wiggle around, so nothing is scrunched up and uncomfortable. The insole is made out of memory foam—it’s basically a bed for your feet.
To buy: $90; aerosoles.com.
Cole Haan Piper Loafer Mule
Metallic leather mules were made for the holiday season. Bust these out on New Year’s Eve for a comfortably stylish evening. There’s a slight heel to give you some height and a cushioned insole so you can wear them for hours. Also available in three other colors.
To buy: $140; nordstrom.com.