I want to wear a formal cocktail dress to husband’s annual work gala. There are lots out there to choose from but I haven’t bought one yet because I want to be sure I can find the right shoes first. I’m short and always go for a high heel, but I’m finding most of the heels out there are really high! I also like the idea of a glitter shoe to match a glitter purse I have but I will be doing a lot of walking and I’m not so sure they will be appropriate because I have to do a lot of walking, my age and the type of function it is.
I need help…lots of help with this.
|Make Your Legs Look a Mile Long!
If you choose a pretty shoe in a nude skin tone or a soft pink you will find that you have put the emphasis on the dress, which is a good thing. However, the bonus with a skin tone shoe is that it will lengthen your legs!
|Too Much Sparkle Will Look Cheap!
Trying to match your purse and shoe can be dangerous. Sparkle on your handbag is enough. Trying to match it with a shiny shoe will be just too over the top. Instead, keep it classy with a satin or leather shoe.
|Walking on Air
Cindy, you mentioned that you will be doing a lot of walking and didn’t want to wear too high of a heel. Here is a nice option that is feminine and will be the right style with your dress. Try to find a shoe that echos your dress in some way. If your dress is draped, then a draped satin shoe is nice.
|Pass on Straps
OK, so these look like they might match and be comfy I can assure you that most shoes with skinny straps end up being a killer. These sandals are too light looking and would work well with a cocktail dress in a light or sheer fabric like chiffon. Don’t wear them with heavy satin. They would look off balance.
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