For the giant family gathering where you will spend most of the time chasing tiny nieces and nephews around the living room with a nerf gun, because you want them to revere you as the awesome aunt who is both fun and glamorous:
|Vera Wang Lavender flats|
For the gathering of high school friends/enemies you haven't seen in years, who may or may not still think of you primarily as the person who once slipped on a cafeteria tray and toppled six tables, domino-style, before coming to rest on a freshman (who was a good sport about it, considering):
|Loeffler Randall "Zuri"|
For a company party in a hotel ballroom, where everyone stands around talking about whether you'll get acquired and tries not to drink so much that the dance floor starts to sound like a good idea:
|Salvatore Ferragamo "Davina"|
They say, "I am restrained and professional, and also awesome. Plus, I have very good balance."
For a work party in the company cafeteria, where too much awesomeness would look out of place and you'd rather just be comfortable:
For "It's Christmas and I want to wear red suede, dammit."
|Kate Spade "Thea"|
"It's Christmas and I want to wear red suede, dammit, and I have larger and/or wider than average feet."
|Stewart Weitzman "Bocelli"|
"I am so sick of everyone wearing red suede just because it's Christmas. Give me some TEAL."
|Seychelles "All Dressed Up"|
For the times you wonder what sort of serious planning deficit caused the peak party season to coincide with the peak rainy season, and regret that sedan chairs haven't come back into style:
|Melissa + Vivienne Westwood "Lady Dragon"|
For the friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend's "legendary" New Year's party:
|Michael Antonio "Thea"|
For the wild-night-out New Year's Eve you always promised yourself you would have someday:
|Nine West Cress|
For the moment you realize that partying on New Year's is for amateurs and what you really want to do is sit around at home eating fancy cheeses, drinking champagne with elderflower liquor, watching a Hitchcock movie marathon and admiring your shoes:
|Manolo Blahnik "Godichefac"|