The Shoe That Instantly Makes Any Outfit Look More Expensive

The investment piece to complete any look.

We may not be working with the largest budgets after a year of treating ourselves, but there are some tried and true ways to make sure our outfits say otherwise. 

Ahead of the holiday season, most of us find ourselves scrambling to put together the volume of outfits required for the endless celebrations. From work parties to family gatherings and the slew of New Year’s festivities around the corner, our wardrobes—and our wallets—can barely keep up with our calendars.

But the answer to our holiday dressing woes isn’t in shiny new outfits or credit card debt. No, instead, we’re reaching for the right accessories that can lift the game of any ensemble to make it feel luxe—even if it’s just a t-shirt and jeans. 

And we reckon 2022’s biggest footwear trend, the slingback kitten heel, is the secret to looking instantly put-together. 

Arguably the ‘It’ shoe of 2022—followed by the ballet flat and Adidas Samba—the slingback kitten heel has been everywhere this year. While not as loud or controversial as some of 2022’s other viral shoe moments—the Boston clogs and Salomon sneakers weren’t for everyone—they certainly had a strong presence. From Dior to Prada, GANNI and Maison Margiela, they were the quiet overachievers on and off the runway.

Not only are they chic, but they’re also just about the most comfortable heel style you can own, making them a foolproof wardrobe investment

Whether your go-to look is a silk slip dress, midi skirt and going out top or a classic jeans and blazer combination, the simple addition of this party shoe classic makes dressing up a cinch.

Below, the top slingback styles we’re shopping ahead of the party season ahead.

Dior Slingback Heel

J’ADior Slingback Pump, $1,490 at Dior

Slingback heels

Wittner George Patent Kitten Heel Slingbacks, $200 from The Iconic

Zara Slingback Heels

High Slingback Heels, $139 from Zara

Margiela Tabi Heels

Maison Margiela Black Tabi Slingback Heels, $1,050 from SSENSE

Ganni Slingback Heels

Soft Bow Slingback Pumps, $525 from GANNI

Charles & Keith kitten heels

Checkered Spool Heel Slingback Pumps, $83 at Charles & Keith

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