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13 stylish ways to wear velvet shoes for any occasion. Get outfit inspiration for velvet heels, velvet loafers, and much more! Plus, learn how to care for and clean your velvet shoes.

From the weekend, to the office, weddings and more, learn how to wear velvet shoes this fall and beyond!

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Whether you’re a stay at home mom sporting a cute shapeless dress, climbing the corporate ladder in a suit, or a night owl club hopping in a satin blazer, there’s a velvet shoe for you.

It’s no surprise that a soft, rich fabric like velvet works perfectly for fall wardrobes. Depending on the style, velvet shoes can look as luxe as a great pair of leather boots.

I also love how the rich texture of a velvet shoe adds a luxe touch to even the simplest outfit.

Brunette woman in green sweater dress and green velvet shoes holding a wicker purse.
These velvet pom pom slides come in so many fun colors!

I’m a huge fan of velvet shoes, and now that fall is in full swing, I’ve been wearing my velvet shoes on a daily basis.

If you’re curious to venture into the world of velvet footwear, then this post is a great place to start. I hope by the end you’ll be inspired to add velvet shoes into your wardrobe this season!

After you’ve read all about velvet shoes, head to my slip dress post for more outfit inspo!

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My pink velvet shoes are lined with faux fur keeping my toes warm and comfy! (Last season Birdies. Similar pair here.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get velvet shoes wet?

No. Water will damage the fibers causing permanent matting. Skip the velvet shoes on rainy days and wear your rubber boots.

Do velvet shoes get dirty easily?

Not really. Because velvet is a dense fabric, dirt won’t easily adhere to the fibers. Just remember velvet and moisture is a big no no.

How do you clean velvet shoes?

Use a shoe brush made with soft bristles such as horse hair and sweep in the direction of the pile to loosen any dirt. For deep stains you’ll have to take them to a professional dry cleaner. If your shoes get wet, quickly blot them with a microfiber towel. You can also use a hair dryer to quickly zap moisture and prevent matting.

How can you protect velvet shoes?

Because velvet is absorbent, I wouldn’t recommend treating it with any kind of spray protectant. The best thing to do is avoid grass and dirt, and stick to walking on finished floors and streets.

Can you wear velvet shoes year round?

Absolutely! Sure, the rich luxe texture of velvet fabric is ideal for fall, but velvet shoes can be worn year round. Velvet sneakers and light pastel flats are great options for spring and summer. You can also opt for a shoe with just an accent of velvet like a bow or ribbon.

How to Wear Velvet Shoes

Are you ready to get your velvet on? My roundup of velvet shoes is full of styles for fall, winter, and warmer weather!

For Work:

Velvet Loafers

Inject a little fall into your work wardrobe with a rich velvety loafer! Not only is it business casual attire, but this flat shoe will be a blessing on your back. (Especially if you’re on your feet all day.)

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  1. Steve Madden Leopard Loafer | 2. Birdies Blue Loafer | 3. Sam Edelman Cocoa Loafer

Mules

Velvet mules are another great option for work wardrobes and come in both high and low heels. Some of these styles might also work for your post work happy hour!

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  1. Antonio Melani Velvet Bow Heel | 2. Kurt Geiger Quilted Mule | 3. Birdies Pink Pom Pom

Slingbacks

Velvet slingbacks with a low kitten heel still look professional while going easy on your back. A high heeled version would look great paired with a corporate business suit.

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  1. Sam Edelman Slingback | 2. Asos Green Bow Heels | 3. Saint Laurent Slingback

For Everyday Casual:

Velvet Slides

If you want to wear your velvet shoes in warmer weather, a slide is the way to go. An open, airy slide in a soft color palette, can also work for spring and summer wardrobes.

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  1. Chinese Laundry Pink Slides | 2. Lulus Grey Velvet Slides | 3. Birdies Swan Black Slides

Velvet Mary Jane

The classic Mary Jane is a practical and pretty choice for casual outfits. It goes with everything from jeans to dresses, is easy to pop on, and won’t fall off your feet.

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  1. Le Monde Beryl Mary Jane | 2. Sam Edelman Mauve Mary Jane | 3. Sam Edelman Pointed Toe

Velvet Slippers

It doesn’t get any more casual than slippers! Wouldn’t you love lounging around the house in these luxe beauties?

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  1. Patricia Bow Slippers | 2. Sam Edelman Puff Slipper | 3. Patricia Feather Slippers

For a Night Out:

Ankle Booties

Every fall and winter wardrobe needs a pair of ankle booties. They’re a great option for a chilly fall nights paired with skirts, dresses, or faux leather pants.

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  1. Free People Boot | 2. Kurt Geiger Bootie | 3. Journee Collection Bootie | 4. Sam Edelman Bootie

Velvet Block Heels

If you’re more into the look than practicality, then a block heel is for you. These velvet block heels are fun for a night out, as long as you don’t mind cold toes!

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  1. Sam Edelman Kia Heels | 2. Sam Edelman Pink Heels | 3. Kate Spade Heels

Velvet Platforms

Get down on the dance floor with a pair of velvet platforms!

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  1. Sam Edelman Gold Platform | 2. Bernardo Raleigh Platforms | 3. Chinese Laundry Platforms

For Special Occasions:

Velvet Heels

There’s nothing more luxe than a pair of velvet high heels! Options in rich jewel tones and a little embellishment are a perfect pairing for fall and winter evening ware.

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  1. Antonio Melani Red Heels | 2. Sam Edelman Saphire Heels | 3. Lulus Copper Heel

Velvet Heeled Sandals

These are another great option for special occasions. I could see these velvety sandals going perfectly with a winter ball gown or prom dress!

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  1. Staud Black Velvet Heels | 2. Antonio Melani Flower Heels | 3. LifeStride Wine Velvet Heels

Embellished

It’s amazing what a little sparkle will do to elevate any look! Even the flats look elegant enough for evening ware.

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  1. Birdies Swan Flat | 2. Kurt Geiger Pink Mules | 3. Sam Edelman Heel | 4. Buckle Flats

Velvet Wild Card:

Embroidered

The velvet embroidered shoe is my wild card because it’s so versatile! Depending on the detail of stitching and style of the shoe, these can go in any category from casual to evening ware!

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  1. Birdies Heron Loafer | 2. Jack Rogers Jar Loafer | 3. Birdies Embroidered Starling

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