Jewel of the Night: The Best Shoe for your Charity Gala Event by Fashion Stylist Esma Versace

“A black tie affair calls for a statement evening sandal”.

So says iconic luxury shoe and accessories brand, Jimmy Choo and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

A gala charity event calls for a dazzling shoe worthy of a red-carpet moment.  Whether your choice is for a fairy-tale shoe bejeweled with crystals or an elegant satin pump, a statement-making shoe packs the ultimate style-punch when stepping out at your gala charity event.

Embellishments of jewels or crystals or finishes of satin, velvet or lace, your shoe style should be delicate and feminine, rather than heavy and chunky.  Styles that are best for an evening shoe is a strappy sandal, peep toe or pump or a lady-like platform.

The heel that lends itself best to a feminine evening shoe is a sky-high stiletto.  Of course you want to dance the night away so comfort is key and a platform or ankle-strap style adds extra support.

A metallic finish in gold or silver adds an extra-special element to an evening shoe as do crystals and embellishments.

Black is always a fail-safe option for glamourous evening shoes and is a functional addition to you wardrobe.  Matching your shoe colour to your dress is also a stylish option, however ensure you choose a classic-style shoe such as a platform peep-toe that will not detract from the detail and statement of your gown.

Lastly, perfectly groomed feet is the ultimate finishing touch to show-stopping shoe style, so a pedicure is a must.  I also recommend your feet have a golden glow and suggest a visit to your favourite tanning salon.

Let the choice of your nail polish make a statement – siren red screams sexy and sultry, dark nails make an edgy statement, neon colours suggest fun, metallic and glitter put your feet in party mode.  If you’re not sure what colour to choose, the latest beauty trend of matching your polish to the colour of your frock will make your choice a little easier.

For style inspiration, check out these gorgeous styles worn by stylish A-list celebrities on the red carpet.

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