I haven’t bought a pair of proper slippers since I was about 12, and then my mum bought them for me. They were made from felted acrylic in turquoise floraI with a strip of nylon fluff as a trim. And this is back in the day before micro fibres went all Issey Miyake and got cool and edgy. I always associated slippers with age, a bit like bi-focals, comfy cardigans and padded waistcoats, something you only wear when you are sensibly grown up and have nothing more exciting to do than shuffle into a comfy armchair and read Woman’s Weekly. No one who was doing anything interesting ever wore slippers in my mind. Slippers were for when you STOPPED and I was always busy moving about.
And then there’s that whole novelty slipper enthusiasm that seems on a par with a Onesie as something to avoid at all costs…..In my mind, slippers have been a style free zone for decades.
So why am I now hankering after a pair of smart, comfy warm ones of my own? It might be because now snuggling in front of the fire as the days draw in is my default setting. Hanging about the house, watch Getting On and Homeland seems so much more preferable to heading out into the night to the newest over-priced bar or super-cool restaurant. And my feet need warming up….while the rest of me blows menopausal hot and cold, my feet remain blocks of ice.
Recently I’ve seen some nice ones. Proper gorgeous i-don’t-mind-being-spotted-wearing-those ones. Not that many mind, but enough to get me interested.
Above are my aspirational slippers from Emma Hope, the Albert Slipper at £289, stupidly expensive but would work for when I move into Great Dixter and need to up my Downtown-wannabe look. Much more practical are the Alloway Slippers at £70 from Ugg, which are structured like shoes but are lined in sheepskin. I have always found Ugg boots much too hot to wear around the house, but these look perfect, if only they didn’t have that logo detail on the front. Perhaps I could buy a couple of glittery brooches and pin them over the offending adverts?
And then I saw these smart Turkish Kilim carpet slippers at one of our favourite shoe stores F Troupe, where owner and designer Mick Hoyle agreed that the slipper was definitely ‘having a moment’. Are his kilim carpet shoes -which come in lots of wonderful colour-ways and cost £85-too posh to be classed as real slippers I asked him? ‘Depends on how posh your house is’ he replied. …
These snugly looking ones from Cash Ca at Selfridges, for £78 also look tempting, not as smart but since they are made from merino and cashmere I know they’d be warm. Sadly due to the Moth Issues I have, I would worry about their chances of survival here…
I’m also very taken with these tweed ones from Toast, for £55 lined in cotton and smart enough to nip to the post box in.
For a touch of glamour I might consider these rather beautiful Cassady ones from Kate Spade, which come in their own be-ribboned satin bag. Nothing dull could happen to you while wearing these, could it? Even plumping sofa cushions would feel more exciting in these, I’m sure.
But what I shall probably end up buying is this pair below, the Ainsley sliipper from Ugg at £80, which might not be the most stylish, but come in an assortment of fabulously uplifting colours and are almost logo free. They look robust enough to do the school run but don’t have that sloppy-slipper look moccasins sometimes have.