The only thing to do when your favourite childhood fabric crops up on the AW16 catwalks is to wear it on your feet, obviously!
Velvet has emerged as this season’s key fabric. It was all over the catwalks from New York to Paris; Rochas, Ellery, Prada, Sacai and Stella McCartney, to name just a few, had lashings of velvet all over their runways, and it wasn’t just on their clothing. Velvet shoes in all their forms were everywhere.
If you think that velvet is just an eveningwear fabric, think again. You can wear it day and night, in any colour, on just your feet or from top-to-toe.
Miu Miu created ballet pumps and trainers in rich burgundy velvet (a Mrs Prada designed shoe for day and night, hurrah!). Sanayi embroidered many of their super chic slippers with gold brocade, as have Malone Souliers but with a little extra height. If for winter you prefer to wear a boot, Stella McCartney has just the pair, black flocked velvet with a slightly bulbous heel, what’s not to love?
It’s not just the high-end designers that have embraced the velvet trend either. The high street is over run with fantastic velvet shoes for AW16. Zara, Dune and Mango have all added luxe to their offerings this season. Topshop have given their heeled velvet shoes extra oomph with a standout yellow shade. Then there’s New Look who have managed to knock two trends on the head in one with their black velvet walking boot.
So how do you wear velvet shoes this winter? I suggest offsetting the rich texture with loose denim and tweed for the day, and doubling up on velvet for the evening by wearing with a dress in the same shade as your footwear. But the only real steadfast rule- avoid wearing them in the rain!
Here’s our edit of the best velvet shoes this season….