We don’t know about you, but we don’t consider searing arch pain and numb toes part of what makes a good party. Foot pain can ruin even the best holiday bash faster than a bottle of spilled red wine on a gorgeous new dress. Many think they’ll be able to push through the pain and wear those vertiginous heels. But after a bit of time (read: one to two hours) and multiple spritzes of foot-numbing spray, the poor souls can barely stand, never mind dance. It’s at this point high heels are ditched entirely and people go barefoot. Instead of wearing a beautiful pair of shoes that cause your heels to burn the second your slip them on, pick a pair of comfortable party shoes that you won’t want to take off.
There are shoes that have all the holiday glitz, are flattering to the leg, coordinate with party dresses and are genuinely comfortable. And you don’t need to go on a trek fighting with holiday shoppers to find them. We rounded up 26 pairs of comfortable dress shoes that work for all budgets and won’t leave wearers needing to book an emergency appointment with their podiatrists. These comfy party shoes will feel as good at 2:00 a.m. as they did at 7:00 p.m. Pinky swear.