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We've Found 'Em! Prom Shoes You Can Actually Dance In

I've been to a bunch of weddings where the no-Pinterest-detail-overlooked bride stashes flip-flops by the dance floor. It's great—free flip flops!—but it sorta bad, too, because it's an enabler. Barring unforeseen new shoe emergencies, everyone should own a pair (or three) of default party shoes that are as fun to look at as they are easy to wear. And instead of intentionally wearing shoes that make us hate our feet twenty minutes into the party, we should wear those, and make those flip-flop relief pitchers way less necessary.

Sure, some heels you only need for sitting in meetings in a pencil skirt that you also can't move in, or walking 50 feet from a parking space to your dinner table (and maybe to the bathroom or coat check, but that's it). But for standing-for-three-hours cocktail parties, weddings and especially prom—a top 40 remix heaven, no matter where you are—you need high heels you can actually dance in, too. With plush straps, hidden platforms, cushioned soles or lower heels (relatively), these nine pairs fit the bill, enough so that you wouldn't change into emergency flip-flops if you could. (Which is good, because I'm not sure the phenomena's spread to prom yet anyway.)

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Those straps are padded, so you can buckle them on as snugly and securely as you want without them cutting into you at all, like many strappy sandals do. It's magic, and I own two pairs in nude & navy.
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If lower heels seem ho-hum to you, choose a pair like this. The heel's a relatively tame 3 inches, but the bows and glitter make it feel so girly and fun.
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These are 3 inches as well, with cool asymmetric staps and pointy toes that make them more fashion-y.


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These have Nike Air technology cushioning the sole, and they're wildly comfortable. You need a pair. (Psst. They also come in nude.)
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If your shoes are only peeking out of your gown a teeny bit, why not wear a shoe that's minimal and comfortable, like these? They won't see the low, slightly substantial heel or the hidden platform, just the flirty peep toe peeking out.
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They're already one of the cooler looking shoes of all time, but then there's also the hidden platform to consider. Sold.


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Maryjane straps are the best. You know that 'I'm falling out!" feeling you get in some pumps, like you could just step out of them? It doesn't happen here. Plus, the hidden platform makes the height so much more manageable.


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Another gorgeous option that tops off at 3 inches.
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No hidden platform, but man, that heel looks chunky and comfortable.

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