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Fuzzy Slippers Tells No Lies

Erdem Fall 2011

We shall walk in velvet shoes:
Wherever we go,
Silence will fall like dews,
On white silence below.
We shall walk in the snow.
~Elinor Wylie
- 'Velvet Shoes'

A fun new trend sparking just time in time for the holiday season is one that may send you skipping down nostalgia lane and back into elementary school: velvet shoes! No longer delegated to you warm, comfy slippers, velvet (and suede, to a lesser extent) is making a splash in a big way this season. Rich, textured velvet in bright jewel tones was everywhere on the runways, as the perfect 'look-at-me' accessory. Gucci sent velvet sandals out as early as 2010, for their Spring 2011 lines, and other designers like Nicholas Kirkwood (for Erdem), Dries van Noten, and Charlotte Olympia quickly followed suit.

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011

From lace-up boots to evening sandals, velvet works with every palette and style, from combat boots to strappy high heels. A touch of the plush fabric goes a long way in spicing up an outfit, and can easily transition a look from day to evening... which is a must during holiday season when you may be going from work straight to a get-together. The trick is to mix-and-match textures, so don't go head-to-toe velvet; instead, try a lace dress, faux fur jacket, and velvet booties for a luxurious and interesting ensemble.

When playing around with fabrics, it's also easy to stick with a more monochromatic color scheme, so as not to overwhelm the eye. Urban Outfitters is clutch, as usual, with a variety of styles and colors to choose from as far as velvet shoes go: my favorites are these velvet Vans (so sick!), $55, these crushed velvet wedges, $49, these velvet Doc Martens, $130... the better to kick your extra friendly co-workers ass with at the annual Christmas party, my dear.

Laura Bailey
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