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? 

7 Comments

  • September 26, 2012

    naiadknight

    I’ve been trying to decipher why I hate shoes like these so much. It always comes back to the shape, and now I know why: that blasted curvy tongue thing makes me think of Hugh Hefner house shoes. They can be heels or the most gorgeous shoes in the world, but the instant they put the house shoe tongue on them, I hate them.

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  • September 26, 2012

    serinde

    I actually quite like these shoes (when they’re not slippers). I have a rather nice pair with a lovely chunky heel. Although, when I say ‘I have’ I mean I bought a pair, covered them with mirrors and Cinderella wore them. They looked authenticly fairytale

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  • September 26, 2012

    Fashion Dama

    Going crazy whenever i see shoes like this 🙂

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  • September 26, 2012

    lizvocal

    I can only wear flats (bad knees) but this kind of shoe isn’t as comfortable as a slipper should be. I buy them, and inevitably they fall to the bottom of the closet because they pinch my toes, don’t support my arch or rub my heel. I am happy to be approaching 50 so I don’t have to worry about cute shoes anymore.

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    • November 5, 2012

      Chips

      I have the same problem as you; while these shoes are cute and easy to wear, they pinch my toes and make walking painful.

      I envy my friends whose feet fit perfectly inside these shoes. :/

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  • October 25, 2012

    Zaggora Girl

    We actually love slipper shoes! One has to be careful on what pair to choose though. Our favorite is the studded pair too 🙂

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  • November 5, 2012

    Chips

    I think they’re okay, I’ve seen my friends in them and they look good!

    Some of them pretend to be like other shoes though, and some are made of cheap material that they look really bad.

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