Will you be a slipper man?

 

You might have seen the velvet slipper being worn by Hoxton-types in recent weeks. While velvet’s not very durable, proper slippers have a leather sole and a heel, so it’s not as crazy as it sounds to wear them out and about.

Combine that with the fact this antiquated footwear has recently been marched up and down the catwalk (at D&G, no less) as well as being spotted on the feet of fashion it boy Henry Holland, and you have a possible fashion storm. We’re predicting the slipper is going to be big (ish). Which means that this is the moment we reveal that our style editor first bought a pair in 2002, from New & Lingwood in London’s Piccadilly. After seven years they’re looking a little frayed (only a little, but then we’ve never worn them to the pub) and they’ve been replaced with another pair, exactly the same, in plain black velvet with a quilted scarlet lining. Next up, smoking caps make a comeback. Maybe. Two letter monogram slippers (pictured), £415, by Edward Green (020 7839 0202); plain velvet slippers, £120, also available at Crockett & Jones

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Of course, you won't be the first to make a statement with some slippers:

Wallace (Of Wallace And Gromit) - In the lesser known spin-off novel “Wallace and Gromit and the Lost Slipper” the clay-based gadget obsessive invents the “Longlife Indoor Carpet Clog with Reinforced Everything” which unfortunately remains unavailable in the real world.

Flavio Briatore The Renault F1 chief, QPR owner and onetime lover of Naomi Campbell, Emma Heming and Heidi Klum (amongst others) is also partial to wearing velvet slippers - even sporting a pair at his wedding with the initials 'F' and 'E' - reportedly to represent Flavio and Elisabetta (his wife). Classy.

Hugh Hefner - The pipe-wielding pensioner favours black soft suede slippers with his signature emblazoned in silver ink over the toe. 

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