More often than not, what once was considered the afterthought of a well-planned outfit is now the focal point of the entire ensemble. Yes, we're talking shoes, and when a big evening like NYE is on the agenda, you know you have to step up your style game. Although the typical go-to piece is a shimmery and short LBD (classic, sexy, a hit of pizzazz), we're urging you to start at the bottom with any of these gorgeous shoes from some of our fave L.A. boutiques. So, as you're toasting to the year that was and ringing in what will be a fab 2011, we suggest you step into the New Year with your best foot forward. Whether you opt for kaleidoscope sequins, spikes and studs, or just a pop of bright color, we've gathered the best heels to keep you partying on in style.
Satin Bow Strap Shoes, $29, available at Forever21, 189 The Grove Drive (At West 3rd Street); 323-934-0018; Penelope Leopard Print Sandal, $350, available at Tory Burch, 142 South Robertson Boulevard (at West 3rd Street); 310-248-2612; Report Signature Neptune Slingbacks, $225, available at Bloomingdales Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue of the Stars); 310-772-2100; Fifi Sandals, $100, available at Steve Madden, 10800 West Pico Boulevard (at Westwood Boulevard); 310-446-0139; Sam Edelman Lorissa Stud Pump, $199, available at Revolve Clothing, 8452 Melrose Avenue (at North Croft Avenue); 323-944-0311; Dolce Vita Valencia Peeptoe Platform Pumps, $159, available at Bloomingdales Santa Monica Place, 315 Colorado Avenue (at 4th Street); 310-394-5451.