One of the most popular children’s books of all time was written almost a century ago and chronicles the adventures of a velvet toy that is literally loved into life. Just like The Velveteen Rabbit, this season’s most popular boot is made from the same magical fabric, but is this time more likely to be loved to death.

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Rihanna wearing Balenciaga AW16 velvet and patent leather boots on October 18 in New York

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It’s no secret in the style world that velvet bags and footwear have crossed from being winter-only wardrobe pieces to all-year-round staples and are amongst the biggest trends in accessories for Spring/Summer 2017.

Case in point: the world’s most famous fashion blogger, original GRAZIA It-Girl Chiara Ferragni and her FROW squad at the Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show in Milan in September. Three of the four wore candy-coloured velvet, two in the form of heeled ankle boots colour coordinated to their heavily embellished dresses.

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From left: Candela Novembre, Caroline Vreeland, Shea Marie, Chiara Ferragni and Patricia Manfield at Alberta Ferretti SS17

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The overall effect is more frivolous, opulent and has a lightness (visually at least) that leather of any colour just can’t offer. All the better to off-set the bold patterns, detailing and colours that are dominating fashion right now. Remember, subtle is so overrated this season.

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Ellery, Desmond Velvet Boots, $1130. SHOP NOW

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Marco de Vincenzo, Velvet Ankle Boots, $996. SHOP NOW
 

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ASOS, Rayal Velvet Bow Ankle Boots, $82. SHOP NOW
 

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Haider Ackerman, Creasted Velvet Ankle Boots, $1397. SHOP NOW

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Aquazurra, Fauna insect-embellished velvet ankle boots, $1959. SHOP NOW

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Balenciaga, Velvet and patent leather boots, $1195. SHOP NOW

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Free People, Night Out Ankle Boot, $231.40. SHOP NOW


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ASOS, Alba Wide Fit Velvet Pointed Sock Boots, $75. SHOP NOW

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Gianvito Rossi, Rolling 85 Velvet Ankle Boots, $1125. SHOP NOW


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Dolce & Gabbanna, Leopard-print velvet boots, $936. SHOP NOW


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Free People, Paramount Ankle Boot, $257.40. SHOP NOW

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ASOS, Truffle Grey Velvet High Ankle Boot, $72. SHOP NOW

 

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