Is there anything more upsetting — both physically and emotionally — than having to hold back on the dance floor when your jam comes on because of a poor choice in footwear? While we love heels as much as the next partygoer, it's hard to find a pair that looks great and allows you to actually bust a move. But before you swap over to flats, we've come up with some sartorial solutions to help you find the ultimate dancing shoes without sacrificing the height.
Consider the subtle power of ankle straps, for example. This style not only looks cute and gives your outfit a bit of a vintage feel, it secures your shoe in place for seamless mobility around the dance floor. Platforms are also an option, offering retro style vibes without compromising comfort because of the way they minimize the difference in height between your heel and forefoot. Then there's the court shoe: great with jeans and slip dresses alike. Its modest heel and closed-toe silhouette ensure that your feet are well-supported and comfortable until the night is over.
Ahead, find 21 pairs of the comfiest shoes so you'll never have to miss out next time your song comes on.
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There’s lots to love about this trendy shoe beyond its fun mega-buckle, including a manageable 1-inch platform heel that, according to lots of Amazon reviewers, is as comfy as it is cute.
find. Buckle Block Heel Sandal, $, available at Amazon
Snakeskin print is all the rage this season, but you can adopt the trend pain-free with a 3-inch heel, satin lining, and light-weight thermoplastic rubber soles.
H&M Snakeskin-Patterned Pumps, $, available at H&M
What better way to stay on your feet all night in shoes that were designed for dancing?
Alma Danza Black Satin Dancing Shoes, $, available at Dance Shoes Online
Aptly named The Editor Heel, these stylish shoes are designed to take your from a day on the job to a night out on the town. The soft Italian leather will mold to your very own foot so you don't have to worry about aches or blisters.
Everlane The Editor Heel – Navy Suede, $, available at Everlane
For whenever you need a dose of style and plenty of comfort, consider this sleek pair of mules featuring a kitten heel and breathable lining.
Charles & Keith Asymmetrical Kitten Heel Mules, $, available at Charles & Keith
Even with the 4.25-inches of height, you'll keep comfy with this block-heel design while ensuring a perfect fit using the adjustable buckle closure.
A New Day Fiona Glitter Platform Sandal, $, available at Target
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