Does anyone else dislike slippers as much as I do? If so, how about these as an alternative?

Slippers? Yuck. Don’t shoot me down in flames but nope, I am not a slipper fan. I think that it comes from feeling “undressed” if I’m wearing slippers – as if I’m about to go to bed and that’s not good, especially if it’s part way through the day. They don’t really finish an outfit off.  If anything they kill it off. Huge socks are preferable to slippers in my view but they lower the tone of your outfit too. Did you know that there’s an equation for slippers? Well there is and I really didn’t just make it up:

OK outfit + slippers = totally ruined outfit PLUS you’re wearing slippers  

I do have a pair of ankle height Uggs that I wear indoors but it’s not quite cold enough for those yet. So currently I’m wearing my Stan Smiths inside and really that’s not so good, largely because they come outside with me too. No, what is needed is a “house shoe”. And skater style trainers make the perfect slipper alternative with my Topshop pure cashmere tracksuit bottoms (£250) that you will find me wearing about 90% of the time in the evenings*.

*Did I say pure cashmere tracksuit bottoms? In my dreams! Crikey I’d trash those before I’d managed to tuck my tummy in them. No, what I mean is these Topshop neppy joggers (£25), which I do wear a lot when I’ve done for the day. Interestingly the 3 reviews on the site all give them 5 out of 5. They are lovely – warm and fleecy inside plus they come in different colours and also in the petite and tall ranges too.

Anyway, until the time comes that I need to resort to the Uggs, I may well be heading towards the Marks and Spencer children’s department for these slip on shoes (£18) which will work really well with my (non-cashmere) joggers and a chunky polo neck jumper. This style will also make a jumpsuit work inside the house, as well as tapered style trousers and jeans. So whilst they may not be your first choice of footwear with these clothes when going outside, they’re a whole tonne better than slippers inside.

I know that these Clarks glove candy shoes (£30 in the sale) will be a real marmite item but I really like the combination of the colours. They tap into my obsession with grey felt and they just feel a bit Scandi. I’m going to nip into town tomorrow and try them on. They may not work at all but that’s all part of the fun.

And surprise, surprise, I really like these Mint Velvet charcoal glitter Alice trainers (£89), also available at John Lewis. It’s all in the sparkle of course, rather than the price – but perhaps they could be one for the sale. 

Some of you may already have skater trainers from the summer which you could revive as a slipper alternative. But for now, I’m off to investigate….

PS By the way, did I tell you that I don’t like slippers?


  1. Julie Hamilton
    October 28, 2015 / 9:26 am

    I'm sooooo with you on this one, I hate slippers, always have, and am on the hunt for an alternative that is comfy enough to wear in the house but doesn't make me feel like my gran xx

    • StyleGuile
      November 1, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Hi Julie – lovely to hear from you! It seems that we are not alone in this one! Lots of people have let me know how much they hate slippers too. I did think that I might be putting my neck on the line but maybe not so! x

  2. Sally Bright
    October 28, 2015 / 10:44 am

    I seem to have resorted to slippers lately but I agree with you Beth – they do tend to kill an outfit if the rest of you is dressed ok! So I too am on the lookout for an alternative to slippers. The M & S ones look like a possibility.

    • StyleGuile
      November 1, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Hi Sally – thank you for dropping by. There certainly seems to be plenty of interest for slipper alternatives. I find that it's even harder with skirts and dresses when in the house. The summer is so much easier – flip flops all round!

  3. Spa Somerset Girl
    June 21, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Couldn't agree more, I think it's important to at least feel a little dressed up when you leave the house, and wearing slippers outside is awfully impractical!

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