These Four Shoes Will Work for Any Fancy Occasion
Whether it's New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, or a winter wedding, the beginning of the year is a time when you'll be dragging your fancy shoes out of the closet for some dressy occasion. But do you go the safe route—a pair of black patent leather lace-ups with a tux—or opt for something a little more wild?
We say walk the line between them both. The four shoes below are stylish, interesting, and will work at almost any formal occasion—from a cocktail party to a gala.
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Want to play it safe? Go for a classic lace-up cap-toe dress shoe, such as this one. It will age well, both in the quality of the leather and in changing styles over time. (John Lobb, $1340, mrporter.com)
You want to avoid looking like a penguin in black tie, especially when you'll be surrounded by a whole mess of men wearing the same outfit (in the penguin world, this is called a "rookery"). These Christian Louboutin lace-less oxfords will help you stand out from the rest. (Christian Louboutin, $945, christianlouboutin.com)
Color can be tough to pull off, especially when it comes to dressy shoes. If you decide you want something other than black, select a dark shade of red or blue and be sure to keep the rest of your look simple and allow the shoes to be the main attraction of your ensemble. (Rubinacci, $585, mrporter.com)
Casual yet Elegant
Slippers are always a crowd pleaser. If you want something less serious but still elegant, this pair is for you. (Stubbs & Wootton, $600, stubbsandwootton.com)