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