After the party comes…the after-party, of course! Nowhere is this more true than at the Academy Awards. Following the ceremony this year, Hollywood's leading ladies took a quick time-out for an outfit change before making the rounds at a slew of post-Oscars parties. At the Vanity Fair party, actresses let down their hair and hiked up their hems for a more after-hours-appropriate look. In doing so, many showed off a key component of their looks: their shoes. And you'd better believe that red-carpet-worthy heels are not chosen at random. Quite the opposite—they're carefully selected to complete each woman's look. When done right, the result is pure glam. Here are five pumped-up ladies who are high on their shoe game this season.
A classic pair of pumps completed Ashley Green’s post–Academy Awards dress—the perfect fit for her effortlessly chic look. Her black suede pointy-toe pumps add a level of sexiness to the actress's Rachel Roy number. An essential in every woman’s closet, black heels instantly transform any frock, but especially one as elegant as Greene’s.
With its asymmetrical, fluttery hem, Jessica Chastain’s Vanity Fair party dress needed shoes that would elongate her frame. Strappy, sky-high stilettos fit the bill. The thin straps slim her legs, as does the nude tone. Heels with a bit of glimmer and a dress with subtle embellishments pair well.
The Birdman actress paired open-toe patent-leather heels with her embellished midlength dress for the Vanity Fair party. Black and burgundy are a winning combination no matter the era—always classy, glamorous, and chic—as is a mix of fabrics and textures. In this case, Stone's shiny leather heels beautifully played up the beading on her dress. For your own red-carpet-worthy look, follow her lead and add patent-leather sandals to even your most standout dress this season. In black, the style is subdued enough to let your frock be the star, but that slight gleam adds an extra feminine flair.
The Gone Girl actress didn't hit a ton of post-Oscars bashes, but she was quite a standout on the red carpet before the show. In a ravishing red Givenchy gown, Pike was perfection. Her look shows that if you’re going for the same bold color scheme from head to toe, keep the shoes simple. Her extravagant crimson gown featured a thigh-high slit (meaning her shoes would show), so Pike chose subtle ankle-strap heels in a matching hue. Keeping them in the same palette made for a pulled-together look.
There's no better time or place than the VF party to get your late-night look on, and Jenna Dewan didn’t disappoint in this sexy Zuhair Murad Couture dress. She chose black platform heels, which didn’t overwhelm her gorgeous gown but held their own alongside her edgy ensemble.