Slip on Fall’s Hottest Shoe: The Evening Slipper

Del Toro campaign

Del Toro campaign

It’s not often that a footwear trend emerges that both guys and girls can embrace with equal glee. But this fall is full of them, from oxfords and loafers to brogues and, now, the evening slipper. Last month, we highlighted a mix of some of our best-in-class favorites, but this month we’re highlighting a shoe that we’ve spotted everywhere from the runways (Stubbs & Wootton slippers at Michael Bastian’s show at New York Fashion Week) to the real world on both gentlemen and the ladies.

Put away any Hugh Hefner/silk robe associations. This style is originally known as the Albert slipper, which is the proper name for these loafer-esque slip-ons. It came into fashion in the 1840s, when Prince Albert decided to slip his tired feet into something more comfortable than his usual court shoes (which more resembled something you’d see in a Roger Vivier boutique today). The style’s regal roots are what made these shoes a preppy staple today, especially when embroidered with motifs such as a family coat of arms, skull and crossbones or other whimsical images.

They do still come in gorgeous velvet, but they’ve also been given a makeover with materials more appropriate for daytime and denim, and crossed over from a menswear eccentricity to one of the most fashionable footwear choices a girl can make. Delve into a few of our favorites below!

Stubbs and Wootton

Stubbs & Wootton

You can grab a pair of these from one of the original slipper purveyors, Stubbs & Wootton, which is the brand Michael Bastian worked with for his most recent collection. The brand, which is based in Palm Beach, Florida, crafts their creations in La Mancha, Spain, and offers styles for men and women. Stubbs & Wootton has been known for more than just their shoes, though, because the brand’s playful embroideries include selections such as a political donkey and elephant motif, custom monograms and a pair that simply has F and U embroidered on them. We’ve seen Stubbs paired with everything from jeans to dinner jackets, which is exactly what the brand intended when they injected a major dose of cool into something usually reserved for the upper crust. They’ve expanded to offer more than just slippers, but each season they offering up some of the most creative, fun combinations of fabrications — boiled wool, velvet, raffia, even brocade and needlepoint — that leave them at the head of the class.

Del Toro

Del Toro

Not to be outdone, we call Del Toro our Miami vice. Where Stubbs & Wootton bank on their blue-blooded roots (and clientele), Del Toro focuses on a more youthful approach. Founder Matthew Chevallard wanted to create affordable, customizable velvet slippers, so he set up shop in Miami. The shoes, however, are created by hand on the Adriatic Coast of Italy by traditional artisans. Priced starting at $325, Del Toro’s slippers exude a combination of Florida’s own brand of prep with more traditional styling (there’s a dash of Japanese street style thrown in, too, according to Chevallard). Each Del Toro style also features a red grosgrain ribbon down the heel. Think of it as an homage to a certain French shoemaker or a nod to a certain American tailor known for highwater silhouettes, so those in the know can spot you and your impeccable style.

Ralph Lauren Collis Velvet Horse Slipper

Ralph Lauren Collis Velvet Horse Slipper

Ralph Lauren also a version on offer, featuring an equestrian motif (what else?) in addition to intricate RL embroidery. The Collis Velvet Horse Slipper ($650) is Italian made, but oozes the all-American prep of anything from Stubbs & Wootton. The plush velvet is a logical accompaniment to formalwear such as a tuxedo, but we say go with what Ralph himself would do — pair these not-too-precious slippers with jeans and a tee or an artfully crumpled oxford shirt. While it’s got the highest price point of any of our choices, it does come from an Italian mill and bears the name of one of thefathers of American sportswear, so what can we say?

Stubbs and Wootton for J. Crew

Stubbs & Wootton for J. Crew

 

For the ladies, Stubbs & Wootton has teamed up with another preppy powerhouse: J. Crew. The limited-edition collaboration features three different designs, which we’re completely smitten with, we must admit. While we’re partial to the medallion-embroidered cabernet color, we wouldn’t mind the navy lion-crested pair, either. Priced at $400, they’re not far off from the proper Stubbs & Wootton slippers, so you decide. One pro: you can try them on at your local J. Crew, which is far easier to find than a Stubbs & Wootton boutique. The J. Crew styles bear all the hallmarks of S&W, only these are a girls-only exclusive. Revel in it while you can ladies, just remember that guys have been sporting these comfortable slip-ons since the 19th century.

Tory Burch velvet fox loafer

Tory Burch velvet fox loafer

While they’re not the flashiest option, the Tory Burch Velvet Fox Loafers ($250) win the prize for being the cutest pair. Each shoe features a wily, embroidered fox sporting a grosgrain bow on one ear (complete with a Tory T logo, of course). The quilted sole is a nod to traditional men’s slippers, but the rest of the shoe is all girl. A rounder toe, lower vamp and well, women’s sizes mean that this option is something you won’t have to fight off both guys and girls for. Fans of the fox motif can also grab flip flops, a leather ballerina, bracelets, apparel, iPhone cases, makeup bags and more. It seems that Tory’s fall friend, just like the velvet slipper, is ready to go with just about anything.

 

Photos courtesy J. Crew, Stubbs & Wootton, Del Toro, Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.