You wouldn’t normally associate polka-dots with festive, party-time, New Year’s Eve-worthy shoes. But I’m not talking about traditional, retro-girly polka-dots. Spots are having a glamorous moment, and it’s largely due to the fact that the definition is getting looser. They are being appropriated into abstract shapes that possess a wilder sense of fun from the vintage patterns we are used to. Here, the top five spots that will bring spunk and purpose to any New Year’s outfit.
1) Brian Atwood Aura Polka-Dot Calf-Hair Sandals: I am definitely getting an “aura” from these, and it is as chic and sexy as can be. Polka-dots are ready to own the night when they come in downy calf-hair and are accented with leathers of textural metallic gold and black patent.
On Net-a-Porter for $1,370.
2) Charlotte Olympia Leopard-Print Platform Pump: Who says spots have to match each other? Animal-inspired dots are some of my favorites, and this cocktail of printed calf-hair and a shocking red heel combines the appeal and wit that’s making Charlotte one of best designers around.
At Bergdorf Goodman for $905.
3) Christian Louboutin Fifi Pailettes: Not only do these turn leopard-print spots on their head, these give the sequined pump an enlivened sense of glamour. The color combo screams holiday spirit, and the moderate heel invites you to dance all night long.
At Barneys New York for $1,495.
4) Dolce & Gabbana Open-Toe Shoe: With feminine polka-dots and a feminine shape, this fabulously frugal find is the most traditional of the bunch – and for that reason, these prim spots challenge you to play around with opposing prints.
On Farfetch for $223 (from $444.62).
5) Christian Louboutin J-Lissimo 100 Spiked Metallic Leather Sandals: So studs aren’t technically polka-dots, but who’s keeping track? These clear PVC sandals are covered spots so sharp and bright they are not to be ignored. There is also a delicacy to these turquoise studs that prevents them from being trite.
On Net-a-Porter for $795.