Just quite where our love affair with shoes began no one knows but there’s no doubt on-screen icons have taught us the importance of good footwear over the years.

From Dorothy’s ruby red slippers to Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic blue Manolos and their dazzling crystal-buckle, blinding embellishments have invariably become the ultimate way to elevate your outfit.

And with party season just around the corner notice-me shoes have never felt more appropriate. 

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In recent years, the high-fashion world has shunned crystal-covered clogs in favour of clinical and vaguely orthopaedic looking alternatives. But lately, designers have irrevocably ditched minimalism in favour of a “more is more” approach. 

This season’s sparklers came in a variety of styles with Miu Miu and Rochas both opting for pointed pumps adorned with crystallised brooches and rhinestone encrusted ankle straps.

Elsewhere though – we’re looking at you, Mary Katrantzou and Isabel Marant – glitter meant the feet did all the talking with spangled two-tone platforms and twinkling courts paired with equally sparkly socks.

Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2017 (Getty)

All about having fun, it’s a trend that many of our favourite high street retailers have jumped on board with too, and just in time for Christmas party season. 

For the very best of embellished shoes of all kinds we suggest heading to Zara or River Island where you’ll find everything from bejewelled booties to studded satin slides.

With a diary chock-full of festive dress-up dates, there really is no better time to invest in a pair of shoes that will guarantee to light up the night.

High Heel Slingback Shoes with Beaded Detail, £69.99, Zara
Velvet Platform Sandals with Bow Detail, £69.99, Zara
Green Satin Jewel Embellished Court Shoes, £48, River Island
High Heel Ankle Boots with Buckle, £89.99, Zara
Razzle Glitter Block Heel Sandals, £52, Topshop
Amber Peeptoe Pearl & Diamante Trim Platform Heels, £25, Boohoo

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