15 Velvet Shoes That Let You Get a (Sweatproof) Jump on Fall Dressing

Model and fashion blogger Gitta Banko wearing velvet heels during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2018 on July 7, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Model and fashion blogger Gitta Banko wearing velvet heels during Berlin Fashion Week Spring 2018 on July 7, 2017; Image: Getty

OK, so summer’s not exactly over yet, but your inbox and feeds are likely already being flooded with fall newness. It’s inevitable: as soon as August 1 rolls around, the fashion world seems to turn full focus toward post-Labor Day dressing. But here’s the thing: it’s still warm out. And it will still be warm for a while, which means major fall trends like velvet are luxe and lust-worthy, but don’t exactly feel weather-appropriate. Enter the solution: the velvet shoe.

Fashion girls have been on to this little trick for a little while now, having started stepping out earlier this summer in velvet heels and flats. Paired with pieces like silky midi skirts and distressed denim, street style MVPs are effectively rocking the trend before anyone else without breaking a sweat. It’s a pretty genius move.

Sonia Lyson wearing velvet mules Raye via Revolve, plaid Topshop skirt with slit, tshirt Zoe Karssen, denim jacket Alexander Wang, MCM sunglasses, a Fendi Peekaboo mini leather bag, Louis Vuitton necklace on July 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Sonia Lyson wearing velvet Raye mules via Revolve on July 18, 2017 in Berlin; Image: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

It’s easy to see why everyone is going gaga for the typically holiday-centric fabric. Designers sent every incarnation of velvet down the fall runways, from wide-leg trousers to slouchy jackets to cocktail dresses. Dreamy as it all was, draping ourselves in the heat-seeking fabric during scorching temps sounds more like a nightmare. The shoes, however, are perfectly on point for getting a jump on that new-new.

Mary Katrantzou finished off her Fantasia-inspired pieces with quirky embellished heels in ornate velvet. Dries Van Noten interspersed bold patterns and metallics with more tailored, menswear-inspired pieces — a theme that continued down to the toes where trouser-style socks were paired with jewel-toned, velvet stunner heels. (Heels with socks is another much-beloved fashion insider hack.) At Giorgio Armani, the smoking slipper was alive and well as flats just feel so much fancier in velvet.

Velvet mules from the Fall 2017 runways at Giorgio Armani, Dries Van Noten and Mary Katrantzou

Velvet mules from the Fall 2017 runways at Giorgio Armani, Dries Van Noten and Mary Katrantzou; Image: Imaxtree

What feels freshest about velvet this time around is the idea of wearing it well before the holiday party circuit gets going — and doing it in a daytime way. (Who wants to save their prettiest shoes for evening, anyway?) Pairing your plush shoes with summer wardrobe staples like a floaty dress or cropped straight jeans and a tee will keep you looking, and feeling, cool — until it’s time to actually layer up, that is. To get you ahead of the game, we’ve shopped out our favorite velvet shoes in the slideshow below.