Best shoes to wear on New Year’s Eve

If you’re going to be dancing until the clock strikes twelve, you’ll want to wear the right shoes.

New Year's Eve is the one night of the year where you’re not only encouraged to stay on your feet past midnight, but it’s practically required! Now, we know that unless you’re used to dancing the night away, staying up so long can be a bit taxing on your toes. But when it comes down to it, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – there are plenty of different footwear choices for you to pick from! Don’t get caught like Cinderella when the clock strikes midnight.


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1. Sensible stilettos

It’s the go-to in every wardrobe: a sensible pair of stilettos can get you through any occasion. On New Year’s Eve, a pair of stilettos can take you from everyday to glam – and frankly, if you’re smart about it, they can be pretty comfortable. Break them in before the special night, and you’ll have no trouble on the dance floor.

Ajana Chai Capretto
Tony Bianco
Harold by Verali


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2. Pretty flats

Whoever said you HAVE to wear heels on New Year’s Eve was lying to you – a pair of nice flats is totally acceptable. Go bold with bright prints or a touch of sparkle and you’ll dazzle the crowd despite the lack of extra height. You’ll have a much easier time walking and dancing in them, and that’s what really matters.

Spurr Clare Flats
Sparta Flats


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3. Block heels

Tried and tested, block heels will get you through anything. Less painful than stilettos but still that little bit fancier than your average flats, block heels are the best of both worlds. They’re sturdy enough for you to get crazy on the dance floor, without sacrificing the aesthetic you’re after. Plus, there are so many options to choose from!

Dani Black Phoenix Heel
Tony Bianco
Paquita Billini Heel


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4. Dressy slides

Slides have to be one of the biggest trends of the year so it should come as no surprise that they’re on the list. Not only will they be super comfortable, but you’ll be able to last all night long without blisters or pain. Whether you’re a diehard Birkenstocks fan or are open to embracing something a bit more glittery, slides will not let you down. Just make sure your nails are done!

Shelby Black Leather Slides
Windsor Smith
Dijon Silver Wash Crackle Slides
Tony Bianco


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5. Heeled mules

Heeled mules are a definite must-have at the moment, and the combination of comfort and style is definitely a winner on New Year’s Eve. You’ll be feeling relaxed, secure and downright stylish in shoes that are not only on trend, but are pretty cute. Go for standard black if you’re after a sleek elegant look, or go bold and colour-block your mules with your dress!

Bacardi White/Black Osaka
Tony Bianco
Ziggy 4 Strap Block Heel Mules


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6. Ankle boots

Who said you couldn’t wear ankle boots in summer? Whoever it was clearly underestimated your dedication to fashion, because a cute pair of ankle boots is definitely an option on New Year’s Eve. Whether you opt for heeled or flat boots, these shoes will have your back until the early hours of the morning – and they’ll add an edge to your look.

Therapy Black Velvet Suddley Boots
Princess Polly
Lille Tan Ankle Boots
Windsor Smith


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7. Strappy sandals

If you’re the type of gal to dance so wildly that your shoes fling right off, strappy sandals will be your saving grace. These babies will keep you secure and wrapped up nicely in shoes that will stick by you the whole night long. Not only are they functional, but they look great and can work for any kind of NYE party – from dinner to dance floor!

Rose Gold Gladiator Sandals
Mykonos Billini Sandals


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8. Beach thongs

Bet you didn’t expect to see these on the list! Thongs are a summer must-have, and if you’re ringing in the new year with your pals on a beach, they’re a necessity. You don’t want to be ruining your good sandals with the sand, and heels are a definite no. (Have you ever tried to walk in heels on a sand dune?) Feel free to dip your toes in the water without fear of wrecking your shoes as you ring in the New Year on the beach.

Havaianas Slim Glitter Cosmic Black Thong
General Pants
Havaianas Slim Metallic Nude Thongs
General Pants

Top shoe trends for New Year's Eve

1. Clear heels and straps

Clear lucite heels and straps are taking over our Instagram feeds, and it's no surprise why. These shoes go with every colour and every style, so they're the perfect New Year's Eve shoe!


2. Really really red

New Year's Eve is the one night of the year where you can be as "extra" as humanly possible – and still probably not be the boldest look in the room. Go for broke with the brightest red you can find!


3. Strap happy

No matter what colour palette you choose, we're seeing straps everywhere! Whether you're going for sandals or a sky-high heel, straps are keeping us all secure and stylish as we dance the night away until the New Year.


4. Block (heel) party

When it comes down to it, all you really need for the perfect New Year's Eve shoe is something that will last you the whole night without pain – and block heels can do it for you. They're the best friend of shoes.


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Stephanie Panecasio

Stephanie is a writer at with an enviable foundation collection, a love of all things skincare and maybe just one too many pairs of black jeans. When she's not scouring the Internet for deals and bargains, you can probably find her writing feverishly in a comfy chair.

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