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When to Wear Velvet Slippers: Advice for Men & Women Alike

November 29, 2022

You love your velvet slippers and want to wear them everywhere to show them off and score compliments. But...are there instances where velvet slippers would be considered poor taste or look out of place? Or, is it really true what they say - that there is never a bad time to wear velvet slippers?

Today, we'll address this question once and for all. The fact of the matter is that velvet slippers are incredibly versatile - and can be worn casually or formally. Thus, you can rely on this footwear choice for just about any instance. It all comes down to how you style them, though.

With the advice we'll provide down below, you'll have a clear understanding of when to wear velvet slippers and when you may want to opt for a different type of footwear. Let's not waste any more time...here’s our take on when to wear velvet slippers.

When to Wear Velvet Slippers: Our Opinion on the Matter

It's no secret that velvet slippers are a stunning choice for many types of events. Sport these in style at weddings, to a party, at work, at home, on vacation, or when running errands - there is really nowhere that velvet slippers are a poor choice. 

But, we want to discuss a few factors that dictate when you should - and should not - wear velvet slippers. It really just comes down to season/weather and dress codes.

First, when it comes to season and weather, try your best to avoid wearing velvet slippers when the temperature is extremely hot or cold. Additionally, when it's raining heavily and wet outside, opt for a different type of shoe to keep them safe. As you may have learned in our guide on how to clean velvet shoes, rain and mud can wreak havoc on this delicate material.

Now - in terms of navigating dress codes, there isn't necessarily a one size fits all answer as to when to wear velvet slippers. This type of footwear can be worn casually with jeans or a dress or can be dressed up with a suit. Most people are starting to come to terms and agree that smoking slippers can be just as formal as Italian loafers - and almost be viewed interchangeably. The only way to know for sure if your slippers meet the standards at work or at an event is to ask.

With that said, loafers are regarded as a more classic, traditional take on luxury footwear. So - if you're considering your footwear choice for a black tie affair or other formal outing and you want to "draw within the lines" and blend in so to speak, stick with loafers instead of slippers. On the other hand, if you want to command attention in a room and turn heads, the best smoking slippers will certainly help!

Ultimately, it's not so much what you wear - it's how you wear it. Velvet slippers can be worn just about anywhere when styled correctly. So with that said, allow us to provide a few tips on creating stunning, stylish outfits with your velvet slippers.

Tips for Styling Your Velvet Slippers Regardless of the Occasion

We recently wrote a complete guide on how to wear smoking slippers. There, you'll find unique outfit recommendations for men and women alike. We encourage you to take a look if you're in need of assistance piecing outfits together. Or, keep reading below and we will provide you with a few tips for styling your slippers in accordance with any dress code or style preferences:

Socks or No Socks?

One hotly debated topic is whether your slippers should be accompanied by socks or not. And frankly, this comes down to personal preference. There are pros and cons to each. You can't beat the sleek, modern look of slippers without socks - but, this can cause foot agitation with prolonged wear. It also contributes to odor buildup.

Whether or not you should wear socks will depend on the rest of your outfit. But most outfits do look best with a no-show sock. This gives you the best of both worlds in comfort, style, and odor prevention.

On the other hand, stick with traditional dress socks if you want your socks to offer a bit of fun and flair to the rest of your look. you can pair those slippers with unique patterns that stand pit om the crowd.

Dress Those Slippers up for Formal Occasions

For formal occasions, try pairing a suit or blazer with your velvet slippers. You can also opt to wear them with a pair of khakis and a nice buttoned-down shirt or polo when attending semi-formal events. We also have seen many men pair this type of footwear with a tux - making it one of the best wedding shoes for men, too.

Women look great wearing suits and slippers together, too. But, for a more feminine look that keeps things formal, you can wear your slippers with a dress - sans socks, of course. This is a very sophisticated and sexy look that you'll be seeing a lot more of in the times to come.

Keeping Things Casual

On the other hand, when it comes to dressing casually, you can really get creative! For example - consider pairing slim-fit jeans with your favorite velvet slipper and a graphic tee. You can tie the look together with plain white socks.

Of course, there is also a middle ground between casual and formal - some call it smart casual, and others call it business casual. Whatever you call it, you can rely on slippers here too - you'll just need to get creative to find the balance. Maybe that means wearing a nice plain t-shirt with some chinos or tapered pants. You can throw a sport coat on top to keep things warm during those colder months, too.

The Importance of Choosing Luxury Slippers & Avoiding Their Cheap Counterparts

Of course, the only instance in which we definitely believe you should not wear velvet slippers is when the ones you own are cheap and tacky. You only get the benefits of versatility from luxury slippers. That's why we pieced together our article on the best Italian shoes for ladies and men alike to help you make the right choice.

When it comes to velvet slippers, don't be afraid to have some fun when selecting your pattern. From checkered and tartan prints to bright colors and crystal embellishments, there are countless options when it comes to creating a statement with your shoes.

But - where can you find all this variety? At Del Toro, you'll gain access to the best selection of men's velvet slippers and women's velvet slippers alike. You'll find classic options like our black, navy, and brown velvet slippers. Or, if you really want all eyes on you when you step outside, check out our merlot, baby blue, green, or patterned slippers.

We have something for everyone at Del Toro - and it's not just about the diverse range of styles we have. It's also the quality of our footwear itself. We still make our shoes by hand in the heart of Italy using the finest materials along with the time-honored traditions of Italian shoemaking. As a result, we've come to be known as an exceptional choice for anyone seeking comfortable, stylish, luxury footwear.

Head over to our shop and get your first pair to see the Del Toro difference firsthand.

Final Thoughts on When to Wear Velvet Slippers

We hope you have a better understanding of when to wear velvet slippers after reading this guide. As you can see, there is really never a bad time to wear this type of footwear - from weddings to dinner dates, work, at home, running errands, you name it! It all comes down to how you style the rest of your look and the confidence you exude when you step outside.

With the tips above, you should feel inspired to wear your slippers anywhere! We can't wait to see how you wear them. So, what are you waiting for? Explore the full range of handmade Italian shoes we have to offer at Del Toro.