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Whether you're sitting in the front row or admiring the runway from further back, making a style statement of your own is part of the fun of attending a fashion show. When you know you'll be mingling with the crowd long after the show is over, however, the idea of wearing a pair of uncomfortable dress shoes seems out of fashion. Fortunately, you can easily pull off a chic look with a pair of casual, comfy shoes. Try out a few options -- you'll see how sleek the laid-back vibe can look.
You can rock a vintage look for a fashion show by wearing your ensemble with a pair of loafers -- very menswear-inspired chic. Imagine you're donning a cream-hued, cap-sleeve sheath dress with a Peter Pan collar and a length that falls a few inches above your knees. Skip the usual pumps and slip your feet into a pair of flat cognac loafers -- go for a style with a classic vibe such as penny loafers.
If want a casual shoe without losing the extra height you gain from a pair of heels, opt for wedges with a slight incline. Your feet will remain comfy all night and you'll still tower a few inches higher than usual. Visualize yourself in a bold green, kimono-style mini-dress that falls to your knees. Pass on the platform pumps and choose a pair of gray suede slingback wedges instead -- if you can find a cork sole, even better. The same shoes you'd usually wear with jeans and a T-shirt look fab with your fashion-show get-up.
When you've planned a rough-and-tumble ensemble for a night out at a fashion show, you can easily finish that look off with a pair of flat gladiator sandals. Strap on a pair with edgy details such as gold-hued hardware, and your casual shoes instantly become rocker-chic. Imagine you're wearing a black moto jacket over a pale gray, silk chiffon midi-dress. Slide your feet into a pair of black gladiator sandals, grab a metallic clutch -- think gold -- and your look is complete.
When you're wearing a classic look to a fashion show, reaching out for a streamlined, classic pair of casual shoes is simple. Envision yourself in a black trench coat over a black mini sweater dress. Pull on a pair of black opaque tights with metallic fibers throughout for a bit of sparkle. Complete your outfit with a pair of black leather ankle boots that have no more than a 1-inch heel. Your all-black look is super-sleek and your casual shoes blend beautifully.