These comfortable kicks promise a pain-free night of dancing.

By Rachel Sylvester
Updated December 19, 2018
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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.

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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.

Stuart Weitzman Metallic City Sandal

These metallic sandals are proof that comfortable can be chic. 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.

To buy: $398;

Tory Burch Metallic Glitter Sneakers

Who says your New Year's Eve look has to be fancy? These eye-catching kicks put a sporty twist on sparkling party shoes.

To buy: $129;

1901 Whitaker Boot

Glitter booties are having a major moment right now, so step out in this sparkly pair on New Year's for a comfortable, stylish look. Balance out the subtle glitz on these kicks with black skinnies and a sequined top.

To buy: $78;

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Loeffler Randall Leily Ankle Strap Pumps

Ramp up the glamour with these metallic Mary Janes. A chunky block heel ensures you'll want to stay on your feet all night, and we love that the metallic sheen is ultra versatile.

To buy: $225;

Willa Loafer Mule in Glitter

Glitter mules like these were made for the holiday season. These laid-back loafers boast a slight heel to give you some height, and a cushioned insole so you can wear them for hours.

To buy: $128;

Nine West Embellished Slingback Flats

You'll last all night in these embellished slip ons. The toe is slightly tapered, but you still have plenty of room to wiggle around, so your feet will stay comfortable well past midnight.

To buy: $89;

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Sam Edelman Gold Kinsey Booties

Ankle booties will look great paired with tights and your favorite dress while you watch the ball drop. These feature a low heel and a metallic finish, but they come in a variety of other hues too.

To buy: $105;