Let's face it, grooms sometimes get left behind when it comes to planning wedding day fashions. Why? Well, the attention is mostly focused on the bride, and everything after that becomes secondary. What most people sometimes forget is that a wedding is about two people, and the groom should also get his time to shine. And for those looking for a unique way to stand out, consider sporting some velvet footwear.
Typically selected for fall and winter weddings, velvet is a tasteful and elegant option. They're also a great choice for black-tie and casual weddings and everything in between! So, to help kickstart your search, ahead, we’ve rounded up 20 velvet shoes for grooms, groomsmen, and wedding guests everywhere.
Best Pattern: Paisley & Gray Party Bow Smoking Shoe
Pump up the party with these fun velvet shoes by Paisley & Gray with a cool navy spackle texture.
Price at time of publish: $130
Most Classic Splurge: Gucci Jordaan GG Velvet Loafer
Gucci’s classic Jordaan loafer is modernized in velvet fabric with a horsebit detail. Pair with classic tuxedo pants, and a velvet tux for an elegant black-tie look.
Price at time of publish: $920
Best Embroidery: Stubbs and Wootton Men’s Scotch Embroidered Velvet Loafers
Palm Beach-born brand Stubbs and Wootton is a fashion-forward line, offering luxury slippers for men and women. The scotch and cigar embroidery on this loafer adds a personalized touch to any groom's big day.
Best Budget: Stacy Adams Valet Velour Slip-On Loafer
Perfect for the guy who isn’t afraid of a little color, the Valet slip-on loafer is under $100 and is available in burgundy, blue, or black. This modern design pairs beautifully with a tuxedo or suit.
Price at time of publish: $95
Most Unique: ISSIMO x Allagiulia Petrolium Blue Velvet Loafers with Pellican Embroidery
A symbol of traditional footwear in Venice, The Friu loafer is handcrafted in Italy and perfect for any formal or casual occasion. With a rubber sole, hand-stitched from bicycle tires, this shoe is durable and stylish.
Best for Bare Feet: Duke + Dexter Loafer
If you are someone who'd prefer to not wear socks, this shoe is for you. Made specfically for bare feet, this clean and simple loafer is offered in an array of colors.
Best Craftsmanship: Valentino Bordeaux Velluto Loafers
Hand sewn, with limited quantities produced, the Valentino Bordeaux is manufactured in Italy by experienced artisans. Easily dressed up or down, this is a classic shoe you will cherish forever.
Price at time of publish: $140
Best Quilted: Quintin Black Velvet
Just over $100, the Quintin in black velvet is a take on a classic loafer with an elevated design. Quilting adds dimension to this already gorgeous shoe, perfect for a winter wedding.
Best Slide: Questt Burgundy Velvet
More of a casual vibe, the Questt is a velvet slide that requires no socks and can be worn winter through summer. Dress it up with a velvet bow tie, and match your groomsmen in this chic slide.
Most Regal: Brooks Brothers Velvet Crown Slippers
Feel like royalty on your big day with these crown embroidered slippers. Made in England (fittingly), not only are these beautiful on the outside but they're lined with red satin on the inside too.
Price at time of publish: $298
Most Traditional: Salvatore Ferragamo Seral Formal Slip-On Velvet Loafers
You cannot go wrong with a traditional Ferragamo loafer. Finished with Ferragamo’s signature buckle, the Seral is a formal loafer fit for any occasion, day or night.
Price at time of publish: $695
Most Trendy: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Velvet & Patent Loafer
Mixing and matching materials can be a little intimidating, but thankfully Saks knew what they were doing. This velvet and patent penny loafer is trendy, yet classic, for an outgoing groom.
Price at time of publish: $498
Most Glam: Massimo Matteo Almansa Studded Velvet Satin Strap Loafer
A bride isn’t the only one who needs to shine on the wedding day. These Massimo Matteo shoes add just enough glitz and glam to any formal ensemble.
Trendy Splurge: Tom Ford William Tasselled Leather-Trimmed Velvet Loafers
Stay on trend, but for a price. Mr. Tom Ford is known for his love of velvet, and these shoes are made for those who want to splurge. Purple velvet will certainly stand out with any tux as the focal point of your look.
Price at time of publish: $1,680
Fanciest Slippers: Paul Stuart Hope Leather and Grosgrain-Trimmed Velvet Tassled Slippers
Where comfort meets style, Paul Stuart's tasseled slippers are extremely comfortable because of their cushioning. Let these shoes take you from daytime to dancefloor in style.
Best Derby Shoe: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Velvet Derby Shoes
These velvet shoes are not only exclusively available at Saks, but they're equal parts stylish and modern. Make a statement at your wedding with this squared-toe derby shoe.
Price at time of publish: $348
Two-Tone: Mezlan Cap Toe Oxford
Patent leather and velvet compliment each other on this cap toe oxford, which will add a touch of sophistication to any ensemble. Suit options are endless with this two-tone shoe.
Price at time of publish: $325
Most Durable: Santoni Men’s Muda Slip On Velvet Loafers
Easy to slip on and durable with a rubber sole, the Santoni Muda slip-on is perfect for a casual or daytime wedding. These shoes also pair seamlessly with denim for a more relaxed look.
Price at time of publish: $620
Best Sneaker: Giuseppe Zanotti Textured Velvet Sneakers
On your wedding day you should be your most authentic self, and if that means wearing sneakers, then rock these textured velvet shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Your feet will thank you later.
Should a groom opt for a bow tie or a tie with velvet shoes?
Can grooms wear velvet shoes with a suit?
Absolutely! A velvet shoe is a great addition to any outfit, formal or casual.
Should grooms pair velvet shoes with a velvet tux?
This all depends on personal preferences and the event's dress code. For a black-tie wedding, a velvet tux compliments velvet loafers exquisitely. For a more casual wedding, a velvet tux may be too much.