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December 23, 2009

The Velvet Goldmine

Velvet slippers have been there since forever. Is it so backward of me to be blogging about wanting them just now?
embroidered green velvet slippers by Shipton & Heneage
They give off that air of being extremely high maintenance. I would love to wear them with holiday party suits as much as i would with the most casual of clothes:
slashed jeans
This photograph of stylist Keegan Singh almost singlehandedly drove my search for the perfect pair of velvet slip-on shoes.
and shorts.
I haven’t made up my mind whether I want mine embroidered or not. Right about the time when Gucci’s ad campaigns featured a model with a “G” carved out of her pubic hair, the Italian brand churned out this pair of velvet slip-ons embroidered with the word “suck” on the right shoe and “me” on the left. What I would give to have a pair of those shoes right now (let alone a photo of them) just so I can garishly wear my Tom Ford-era Gucci nostalgia on my feet.
I tried on these velvet slippers at Topman in New York but decided against getting them. I felt iffy about the squared-off toe and the gaudy gold fleur de lys.
Topman velvet slippers
the same pair in wine red
This pair by Barker Black appears to be sumptuously embroidered, but never in a million years would I be willing to fork over $800+ for a brand that is mostly GQ hype.
Barker Black skull and crossbones velvet slippers
I might have found the perfect pair of velvet slippers: Cole Haan at Gilt.com, elegantly plain, handsomely shaped, and made more comfortable by some hidden Nike air footbed.
Cole Haan velvet slippers from Gilt
No thanks to the holiday online shipping frenzy, their earliest shipping date was way past the day I fly out of Boston, so it was a no-buy. Sigh, the search for my velvet goldmine goes on.


  • Gon
    December 23rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Oh you will find the perfect pair! I bet you will!

    Have a merry meryy christmas Izzy!

  • Cillian
    December 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    In theory velvet slip-ons don't really seem to my taste but in reality (and, here, I refer specifically to THAT photo of Keegan Singh) it's a different story.

    Good luck with the search.


  • -h
    December 24th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    you're torturing me!!!! i want a pair, i feel this would be my upgrade to my trusty driving shoe. i think id prefer black suede over velvet though. i know there is stubbs but that is too "palm beach" (where i live).

    if you look on zappos.com there is a brand call Gravati that makes them. also try looking on yoox.

    but they did pop up on the spring runways, so with the trickle down effect, i think we'll be seeing these shoes at zara late next year.

  • Thomas
    January 6th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Stubbs & Wootton seems right up your alley. The traditional low vamp round toe velvet slipper is their bread and butter. They have a plain black slipper but most of their stuff has embroidered emblems.

    Half the price of Barker Black too.


  • bob rakers
    March 20th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    has no one heard of Del Toro Shoes, http://www.deltoroshoes.com?

    half the price of Stubbs…

  • Anonymous
    March 26th, 2010 at 7:50 pm


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