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2012 Fall Fashion Trends on Trial: Slipper shoes

2012 fall fashion trends

(Flat slippers, Tom Ford stacked heel, £425 / Black ballet shoes, £22 / Alexander McQueen slip on shoes, £430 / Zara velvet shoes, £22 / Melissa leopard shoes / Loafer shoes, £115)

Continuing our look at the fall fashion trends of 2012, our attention turns to footwear, and a trend that’s been around for a while now, but which is definitely starting to gather strength with the approaching autumn.

Yes, folks, we’re talking about slipper shoes. Shoes that look like slippers. And not just ANY old slippers, either: these shoes resemble what we think of as “grandad slippers” – the kind of thing a stylish older gent might slip into after a day spent pruning the rosebushes and doing the crossword. Or the kind of thing YOU might wear this autumn, say.

These slippers come in a variety of different prints: some are studded, some are velvet. Some have animal print, some have an embossed logo, to make them look even MORE like slippers. A few more than we’d like have cat faces on them, perhaps in homage to Marc Jacobs and his mouse flats, perhaps not.

One thing they all have in common, however, is their close resemblance to the humble bedroom slipper. And so we ask ourselves:

Are they a crime of fashion?

Our answer: it depends on the shoe. The plain and studded versions, for instance, are perfectly nice, and not particularly slipper-like: we find them innocent of all charges. The versions which more closely resemble the kind of thing you might put next to your bed on a cold winter night, though? Well, they’re only a crime of fashion if you don’t want to look like you might have forgotten to put your shoes on before you left the house.

Do you? 

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