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Shoe Style: Smooth like Velvet

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Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel.

Velvety: adjective meaning “smooth like velvet“.

I’ve had this topic in mind for a while now but this weekend I finally have the time to write about it, so let’s get started! Velvet is quite the two-edged choice when it comes to wearing it; its soft texture is captivating and it easily turns any item into a very attractive piece to wear, but on the other hand its sometimes heavy and sophisticated look makes it aesthetically undesired. Velvet in big amount, as you find it in gowns, can be glamorous, yet too extravagant. But what about the shoes? I personally find it captivating. A pair of velvet pumps can save a plain outfit and add that little classy sparkle that is needed. It is neither too much nor too little; it’s the right amount of elegance to complete an outfit.  

 Velvet as the symbol of nobility

-An insight into history-

Velvet originated in Kashmir. Traditionally, velvet is associated with nobility.

Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. Much of it was exported to Venice, Al-Andalus and the Mali Empire.

The art of velvet-weaving probably originated in medieval Kashmir around the beginning of the fourteenth century.

King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto in 1399.

The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, and Genoa continues to send out rich velvet textures. Somewhat later the art was taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the 16th century Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that were not inferior to those of the great Italian cities.

The Charlotte Olympia shoes represent one of this year’s most known collections for its touch of velvet and its cat feature. The playful image of a kitten’s face on a pair of velvet high heels or flats has caught the attention of many, including celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker or Katy Perry.