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Charming and Naughty Gothic and Steampunk Shoes

Updated on April 13, 2017

Wicked and Nice Gothic and Steampunk Shoes

Whether you are putting together a smashing costume for Halloween, an office party, or just to dress up for the day, these Gothic and Steampunk Shoes will definitely help you complete your outfit.

I've put together several costume shoe options to choose from to give you an idea of the wide and diverse range these genres cover. The styles go from flats to stilettos to half boots to platform boots . This article features some of it all!

Read on and I'll even share some photos of how others are wearing their shoes with their costumes.

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Gothic Mary Jane Shoes
Gothic Mary Jane Shoes

How To Choose The Right Type of Shoes for Your Costume

What is the Mood of Your Attire?

The Gothic fashion style represents the darker side of dressing to me. This style usually includes Vampiresses, Witches, Dark Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts and more.

Steampunk seems to be a mixture of the Victorian era, science fiction, and industrialism all thrown together into one fantastic style. It is of course a sub genre of the Gothic style but I find that there are elements of each style that are very pleasing.

I feel that shoes can make or break the outfit no matter what the occasion. Some people seem to know instinctively what type of shoes to pair with their costumes to pull it all together.

The first thing to consider is what is the primary message your costume is trying to convey. What mood are you going for? Is your costume risque, shocking, demure, very much the strong heroine type, what?

Once you have this part figured out, then you have an idea of what type of shoes to look for. If you are going to be a Vampiress then you can choose any number of styles from low 2 inch heels to knee high lace up stilettos to set a different tone and mood. See what I mean?

Keep this in mind while you look through the I've featured and see if they capture the mood of your costume.

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Queen of Hearts and Mary Janes - Red and Black Heels

Queen of Hearts Gothic Mary Jane Shoes
Queen of Hearts Gothic Mary Jane Shoes

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A Demure Queen of Hearts - Dark Charm

Gothic Queen Of Hearts Costume
Gothic Queen Of Hearts Costume

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Playful and Naughty Mary Jane Heels - Red and White Polka Dot Heels

Bordello By Pleaser Women's Teeze-08 Platform Pump,Red PU/White Polka Dots,7 M US
Bordello By Pleaser Women's Teeze-08 Platform Pump,Red PU/White Polka Dots,7 M US

These playful but provocative hidden platform polka dot pumps will definitely have you towering in your costume over other mere mortals for the evening. The 5 3/4 inch heels and an additional 1 3/4 hidden platform means you might need to practice walking about in these Mary Jane Pumps before you go out. The strap is adjustable and there are several sizes to choose from. This same shoe comes in black and white polka dots as well.

Gothic Lace Victorian Shoes
Gothic Lace Victorian Shoes

Tips For Wearing Your Costume Shoes

Things to Consider

Unless you dress in Gothic or Steampunk attire as a way of life, you will more than likely be wearing a style of shoes that you aren't accustomed to wearing.

Make sure you purchase your shoes and practice walking about in them on many surfaces before your big debut.

Don't just wear them around your usual home place, if at all possible, go to a friend's home and walk around on their floors and up and down their hallways.

If you can, practice walking in them outside as the surfaces there will be vastly different than inside.

Of course, be careful when walking on the grass or soft surfaces with your stiletto heels as you will most likely bury your new shoes in the grass and possibly ruin them.

Wear them around to make sure they are comfortable so you will know what type of socks or stockings (if any) you need to wear with them too.

You definitely want to order your new shoes way ahead of time to make sure they fit!

Of course, if you dress like this often and wear these types of heels and platforms on a regular basis then most of these tips you already know. :)

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Alice Shoes - Very Charming

Gothic Shoes Alice In Wonderland
Gothic Shoes Alice In Wonderland

Image Courtesy of shimelle Alice In Wonderland Costume Shoes

Mary Jane Heels Garbo Style - Vintage Meets Modern

I love when a vintage design is revived and given a slight update without compromising the retro appeal. These women's heels are quite stunning and come in brown with black or black with black. Cutaways of patent leather combined with fabric give this Garbo-esque design its pizzazz!

Penthouse Women's Garbo  Mary Jane
Penthouse Women's Garbo Mary Jane

The heel on these stunning shoes is 4.5 inches and has a concealed platform. Wear these heels to dress up your costume or when you want to look a bit more elegant.


What Is Your Style?

Steampunk Mary Jane Shoes
Steampunk Mary Jane Shoes

If you were to buy either Gothic or Steampunk Shoes, what style would best describe your choice?

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Berlesque Platform Heels - Paired With Fishnet Socks

Gothic Berlesque Heels
Gothic Berlesque Heels

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Lolita Chunky Platforms

Gothic Lolita Platform Shoes
Gothic Lolita Platform Shoes

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Steampunk Boots and Great Steampunk Costume

Steampunk Boots and Steampunk Costume
Steampunk Boots and Steampunk Costume

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Steampunk Boots and Heels

Buckles, Gears, and Laces

Your boots need to include buckles, gears, lace, metal symbols, and other hardware to give them that futuristic appeal that Steampunk captures so well. If you have a pair of boots already that are quite plain, consider adding some of these elements yourself to dress them up for your costume!

A Steampunk Angel

Steampunk Angel Costume and Boots
Steampunk Angel Costume and Boots

Don't you love her wings in this Steampunk Costume?!

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Costume Shoes and Fashions - Be Inspired

If you need more Gothic and Steampunk shoe and fashion inspiration, watch a few of these videos!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these shoes, costumes in general, or just to let me know you dropped by!

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    • momsANDkids profile image

      momsANDkids 4 years ago

      A lot of ideas for choosing a shoe for costumes.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I adored this lens! Pinned onto my shoes board and my steampunk board - out by digg and blessed. I wish I could wear the heels, the flatter boots are great too.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      What an amazing assortment you put together. Lot of great choices!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      These shoes are so much fun! I think I would be tempted to buy the shoes first and work the costume around them!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Very cool!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      These are some cute shoes!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Awesome shoes!

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Excellent fashion just in time for Halloween!