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It's officially time to start holiday outfit planning and getting ready to put your best foot forward — literally. 

One of the best parts of the season is getting together with friends and loved ones. Knowing that those moments will live forever in photos, you want to look your best. Yes, the clothes are important, but so are the shoes — after all, the pair you wear determines how confidently you carry yourself when walking into a room.

When it comes to holiday party shoes, you want to find footwear that fits well into your wardrobe, brings out your style, is comfortable enough to wear to a variety of functions and, of course, feels festive.

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To make it easier, we found the best, on-trend shoes to wear to potlucks, gift exchanges, family dinners and new-year gatherings, from velvet heels to Mary Jane platforms. Shop them all below.

Velvet Heels 

Margaux The Holiday Capsule
Agnes the Label Pat Royalty Red
Loeffler Randall Melany Spruce Platform Bow Heel, $450
Jimmy Choo Women's Flaca 100 Velvet Bow High Heel Slide Sandals

Mary Jane Platforms

Cult Gaia Angelou Platform
Urban Outfitters
3.1 Phillip Lim
Christian Louboutin Movida Jane
Stuart Weitzman

Metallic Heels 

Chelsea Paris Zasa Platform Suede Ankle-Strap Sandals
Reformation Marisol Platform Heel
Joie Leonore High Heel Mule
Brother Vellies Women's Bike Strappy Tassel High Heel Sandals
M.Gemi The Esatto 70mm

Wide Calf Boots

up2step wide calf boot
Eloquii Lane At the Knee Boot
Isabel Marant Lelia Tall Boot
Naturalizer Brent Wide Calf High Shaft Boots

Sparkly Shoes

Michael Kors
Kate Spade New York
Inc Macys

Heeled Knee-High Boots

Steve Madden Saphhire Rhinestones
The Kooples Black Suede Thigh-High Boots
M.M. LaFleur The Nina Boot 3D-Knit
Simon Miller Tall Mojo Boot
Kendall Miles Attitude Boot

Red Platforms 

Hill House The Party Platform
Charles and Keith

Closed-Toe Heels  

Nalebe Stellar Pumps
Sarah Flint Parker 50
Malone Souliers Maureen Black Gold Satin Stiletto Mule
Mateo Inc

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