Velvet is a versatile material that has many uses. We see it used in stage and movie theaters for classic stage curtains and even seating covers. Velvet is also used in crafts, interior design, and modern home furnishings.
What many people don’t realize is that velvet has been making a comeback as a fashion statement in various types of clothing. We’re seeing velvet appear in dresses, skirts, blazer, blouses, and pants. Let’s not forget accessories like purses, jewelry and particularly in shoes. Here are some of the velvet shoes that we’re noticing on the market as well as how you can care for your shoes to make sure they last as long as possible.
Wear These Velvet Shoes
Velvet shoes began making an appearance in fashion magazines and on runways again in the past year. To some, velvet is a dated fabric that can be heavy or feel “wrong” if you don’t choose your color wisely. However, velvet can add both a classic and modern tone to an outfit, particularly when accessorized with handbags and shoes.
You can choose a pair of pink or green velvet heels to add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral outfit. There are several ways to wear velvet shoes in a more casual and edgy fashion as well. How about a pair of black velvet thigh-high boots with a short skirt in the spring or fall? Steve Madden also sells a line of low-top velvet platform sneakers for the most casual occasions.
Caring for Your Velvet Shoes
If you buy a pair or two of velvet shoes, you’ll want to take care of them and protect them from the elements and any damage. Velvet can become crushed easily and may also lead to bald patches in time. If you are going to wear velvet shoes in the elements, you can spray protectant on them, but it’s important that you avoid getting them completely submerged in water or mud.
A protective coating on your velvet shoes can repel some water and stains. Make sure that any shoe care products you buy specify that they are safe for use with velvet. Even Scotchguard can be used with velvet, but it won’t render your shoes completely waterproof.
If you get any small stains on your shoes, attempt to remove them with a clothes brush. This should remove loose dirt and debris from your shoes. Before submerging any velvet in water, check the tags for cleaning instructions. Some velvet requires dry cleaning, and most should be air dried.
There are many styles and colors of velvet shoes to choose from. When you buy a new pair of shoes, consider the material and how you intend to wear the shoes. You might want to treat your velvet shoes with a protectant to keep them clean and give them a longer life.