Fortunately a pair of 10-denier black tights tones things down enough for the black shoes to go well enough. And they're very comfortable shoes.
I was feeling a bit self conscious because I've lost weight but the styling of my dress is such that when I put it on I still felt like it looked quite good. That was a nice surprise :) And I found the necklace I wear with it and remembered how I did my make-up last time that turned out well xD
I'm tempted to see if I can get Jamie or Rob (if they're there) to do a bit of proper dancing at the ball. I haven't been to dancing in a couple of months (cos of the depression and anaemia) but I can still remember my cha cha and rumba moves, I think. And if it's on carpet the black shoes will be fine for dancing in; the heel is just the right height.