Slips come to cocktail hours as dresses. Corsets have been considered the new shirt. So we say, let footwear have its loungey moment, too.
Fuzzy slipper shoes — at least, that’s what I call them — are adding whimsy to this year’s summer fashions, especially maxi dresses and cigarette pants.
Where do they come from?
Slippers made their first formal appearance in 12th-century Asia as the house shoes of captives and concubines. Think about it: The flimsy shoes wouldn’t allow too swift a getaway, would they?
Later, members of royalty — and those who could afford Persian rugs — began slipping into house shoes when they came inside before they stepped on plush floors. By the 1500s, women’s slippers were fancy, some were platform (that really defeats the comfy purpose, no?), and others came with ribbons and bows.
Fast-forward to the 1920s, and women’s fashionable indoor shoes had fur, and, in some cases, tiny heels for a lift. During the 1950s through 1970s, slippers took on their flip-flop-esque personalities as house shoes only.
Then in February 2015, Alessandro Michele sent a flurry of furry shoes down Gucci’s runway as part of his debut collection. In the seasons since, we’ve seen Alexander Wang, Coach, Miu Miu, and Prada pair sturdy-bottomed house shoes with bathrobes.
Who is wearing them?
Cutting-edge celebs Rihanna (the shoes are part of her Fenty line), Gigi Hadid, Sienna Miller. But the truth is that retailers (and celebrities) may have picked up on the trend, everyday folks, not so much.
Would Elizabeth wear them?
How would I keep my fur clean? Smog and puddles aren’t friendly to fuzzy shoes.
Should you wear them?
Only if you live in perfect weather. And even then, you don’t really want to walk farther than two blocks in them.
Where do you get them?
These slipper/shoes are available at www.bernardo1946.com, $148. But as far as slippers as shoes goes, DSW sells a fur-lined Minnetonka mocassin slipper for $29.95, and Steve Madden offers a softy slide sandal for $39.95.