Once upon a time, not so long ago, wearing slippers outside of one’s home was reserved for the likes of Hugh Heffner… or those (Karl Lagerfeld-despised) people who wear actual flannel pajamas to the supermarket. In the past few years the luxurious smoking slipper – and not your average fluffy version - has fast overtaken the ballet pump as the flat shoe to step into.
Alexa Chung in her favourite palm tree Penelope Chilvers slippers
They’ve been appropriated by stylish A-listers, front row crowds and fashion labels in equal measure – Penelope Chilvers’ customisable velvet versions have found Alexa Chung’s footsies, as have super-popular Charlotte Olympia’s kitty flats and for next season, Pretty Ballerinas will introduce a dedicated off-shoot line simply because of the many slipper styles on offer. With a few solid seasons in fashion, there’s plenty of proof to say that smoking slippers aren’t a flash-in-the-pan footwear trend, but a shoe with some staying power.
Beyonce, SJP and Taylor Swift are all fans of Charlotte Olympia's Kitty flats
Cb Made In Italy is one particular brand we’ve noticed, with an ever-growing high profile troop since the slipper boom started and the label launched in 2010. They’re selling like hot-cakes on My-Wardrobe.com and it’s no wonder, these are not your average smoking slippers: combining the top quality production you’ll find in Italian factories with fashion forward finishes like camouflage, houndstooth and leopard pony-skin…
You’ll find posh flats in this week’s issue, too. They’re a key way to be in fashion now – especially if you aren’t ready for sandals – and for months to come. We’re calling them cocktail flats and they’re the kind of jazzy slip on that will pep up a pair of jeans and add some comfy-cool sparkle to an evening outfit. No more of that changing heels on the high street after a few too many shandys… Scroll through the gallery above for our top 20 pairs to buy today.