Smoking Slippers – Where do you stand?



From left to right:

Jeffrey Campbell at Harvey Nichols £125
Heraki Glitter Slipper Shoe from Ted Baker £75.
Jimmy Choo Wheel for £235

I can feel a Volte-face coming on. It happens at least once a season.  The signs are there – I can’t ignore them – and it’s not good.

This is the usual pattern: I see a particular item (in this case smoking slippers) and have an instant and intense dislike of them.  Even being exposed to them on a daily basis, via magazines and in the stores, still I can’t shift my irrational dislike. I even try them on, just to be sure that I’m not being narrow minded – and still I hate them.  I write about how I dislike them and then something happens.  Having committed my thoughts to writing, they somehow worm their way into my consciousness and I start to see their appeal. It’s predictable, it’s fickle but it happens.

That doesn’t mean to say that I am going to rush out and buy a pair but I am starting to see their appeal – especially the sparkly ones, because really they don’t look like something Hugh Heffner would wear. No, not at all. Rather they are more of a cinderella slipper without the heel, a ballet pump with an extra piece up the front of the foot – and that I can get my head around.

Smoking slippers come in many, and various, finishes, from leopard print to sparkles and patents to pastels.

                                     Sam Edelman Alvin

The leopard print ones above are  Alvin by Sam Edelman at Kurt Geiger and cost £150.However, again you can find versions at Dune, Topshop, New Look, Kurt Geiger and now even Clarks has a leopard print pair for £39.99. Yes, they too are on the Slipper Shoe bandwagon! 

Like the wedge trainers, I think that they provoke strong emotions in us – which camp are you in – love or loathe, like or dislike or on the fence – but kind of falling off?!!

Tapping into next season’s trends for all things Oriental, Embellised and Baroque (you can take your pick with these), IF I were to buy a pair, I would them with these Orienatal Floral Cigarette trousers from Topshop, which are £45, and a plain black knit – just to avoid looking too fairy like!

                                              Oriental Floral Cigarette Trousers

How will you be wearing yours – or won’t you – never in  a million years!



  1. Applebypie
    August 7, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    I must admit to still being in the phase of I will never, not ever, wear a pair……..(but I do quite like the Jeffrey Campbell ones – shhhhhh.) Xx

    August 7, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I have the Sam Edelman Alvins in leopard and black pony hair – I bought them last year and have worn them a lot – they make a nice change from ballet flats and are SO comfortable! A lot cheaper over here though that's for sure! Even Boden had them last Fall.

  3. Anonymous
    August 7, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    I think they will be great for people like me who can't keep ballet pumps on their feet. They slip so much on the heel that I just walk out of them. Heel grips never work. I think it may have something to do with flat feet!!!!

  4. Gladys Pug
    August 7, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    I think I like them because they are flat like ballerinas – and hopefully therefore comfortable which means a lot. Also they will cover a lot more of the foot than a ballerina which should be good for winter.

  5. Sue
    August 7, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    I have a little leopard print pair from Tesco's of all places which I got for the princely sum of £8. I disliked them originally but then found myself gently persuaded to the other side. At £8 – it wasn't much of a fashion risk and I can now tick them off the list. They are a nice change from ballet pumps as people say.

  6. Mrsmac2000
    August 7, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    I've just bought some too from Tescos for £8 but I bought the purple suede type ones. Didn't realise they were so 'on trend'!! They are really good quality for the price, don't think I can add a pic via mobile blog but Ill tweet you a pic Beth

    • Mrsmac2000
      August 7, 2012 / 10:04 pm

      Sorry they were £10 not £8

  7. kathynewlyn
    August 8, 2012 / 6:35 am

    I am very tempted by the Clarks ones. I can't wear ballet pumps so these will be a good alternative. What do they look best with; I am thinking peg/slim trousers, but would you wear them with anything else?ThanksKathy

  8. Anne
    August 8, 2012 / 8:12 am

    Hi Beth! I agree with Kathy above…the Clarks ones are lovely and I think they would be a great change from ballet pumps:)~Anne

  9. 40s Chic
    August 8, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    When I first saw them in this blog post I thought 'oh no, they are horrible', but by the end of the post I was starting to think perhaps they aren't so bad… I think I could go for them if they're not too glittery as they look so comfy.

  10. Alannah
    August 9, 2012 / 7:27 am

    Last week I bought a pair of leopard print smoking slippers style shoes for only AUD$20 and a navy satin pair of ballet slippers for only AUD$10! It was a choice between smoking slipper style leopard and a more rounded toe ballet flat style in leopard and the slipper looked nicer with my skirt. I wore them through the week with jeans. The 'slippers' were the first item in leopard print I have ever bought…blog post featuring both will be up tomorrow (hopefully)! smiles

  11. StyleGuile
    August 9, 2012 / 11:08 am

    Hello and thank you all for your comments. Style Guile readers are obviously very cool and trendy! It's great to hear your views and to hear about the benefits of the flat/foot covering/reasonably priced aspects to them. If anyone would like to send me photos of how they have styled them, we could do a great post together. Kathy – you are right about wearing them with peg/slim trousers or jeans. Great to hear from you all. Beth x

  12. Laura
    August 10, 2012 / 7:04 am

    How long will it be before the smoking jackets follow suit? The slippers remind me of these (I'm imagining claret lapels, bit of paisley, gold embroidery, dressing gown like tie-waist a la Sherlock Holmes?) shudder! Gosh I hope not 🙂

    • StyleGuile
      August 11, 2012 / 9:19 am

      Me too! But nothing would surprise me! Loved your description –

  13. kathynewlyn
    August 11, 2012 / 7:23 am

    The Clarks are obviously very popular as they have sold out in most sizes online …. including mine!

  14. StyleGuile
    August 11, 2012 / 9:22 am

    Wow! Clarks will be very impressed with that. What size are you? I will keep my eyes open in store for you.

  15. Neeta Patel
    August 13, 2012 / 4:51 am

    Nice post… we are waiting for more about slippers for men online, thank you for shearing.

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