Like decent robes, elegant slippers seem to be going the way of the Dodo. Just try a Google image search for “mens slippers” (sic) and look in horror at the results. Which is a damned shame in my eyes. My feet are cold.
Yes, I have a pair of velvet slippers.
But they fit better with formal hose and so leave my feet in need of something warmer. Besides, the leather soul is very loud on the hardwood first thing in the morning.
Of course I own a few pair of Belgian Shoes — the Mr. Casual model — but I live in them when casually dressed and so feel that a dedicated slipper is still necessary. Besides, in winter I have to wear cashmere socks with them and as long as I’m that dressed, might as well get on with it.
What I’d like to find is a pair of sherling lined slippers. Oh, I know they’re out there, but must they look as if they’ve been modeled on a Clydesdale’s hoof? Ideally the silhouette would be one based on a slip on loafer with close lines and the lining: a Prince Albert for the lodge, aprés-ski.
Anyone run across a pair? Or any takers if I could have them run up?
UPDATE: Well, I’ve found them. Of course, they’re sold out in my size, but for future reference here is the Lauder in black from Moreland’s in Glastonbury. 55 BPS. I like the smooth toe that doesn’t have a hint of moccasin about it.
6 thoughts on “Giving Winter the Slip(per)”
What size are you? I have a pair of shearling lined….that I love. I will look at the shop where I found these…and slip you a pair. Slipper shod in the winter months is a luxury.
Mine are more mocassin than elegant but I love them. RJS fuzzies from sheepskingifts.com
Would any of these work?
The Zermatt by Cole Haan isn’t too Clydesdalish, is it?
Cole Haan made a smooth leather (inside and out) slipper. It was perfect but after a decade of service is finally wearing a hole at the instep. Next pair will come from Ben Silver. http://www.bensilver.com/Slippers.html
My wife got me a pair of these for Christmas:
Not bad. Made in China. My feet sweat so I can’t use shearling. Even with these I need to wear socks or the front of my feet stick to the bottom insole. They “un-stick” OK (I know, gross, huh?) but I actually enjoy wearing them with a thin pair of socks (though most would find it too much trouble).
I was also going to suggest Ben Silver:
Twice the price but with shearling lining and probably better quality.
Mr. Geezer, I wear the Belgians when it’s more clement. I do like those from Ben Silver, but was hoping to spend less. Then again if they last…