Velvet slippers have been venturing farther and farther outdoors lately. We’ve seen them come from sneaker companies and on the heels of a MOTH, but it’s always best to go to the source. And in this case, the source is England.
Shipton & Heneage’s only retail stores are across the sea (Paris and London, to be specific), but you can get these bespoke slippers well enough through the mail…even if that means you have to get measured stateside. They’ll even throw in the extra-British touch of sewing your family seal over the toes. (Judging by the two-headed eagle, this gentleman’s a Habsburg.)
This snapshot gives a pretty good idea of how to pull off the slippers outside of your boudoir. We don’t love the jeans, but his heart is definitely in the right place. In or out of the house, these are a mark of refined aristocracy. They’re closer to the trads than the preppies, so you’ll want to pair it with your most sophisticated gear, like this gentleman’s double-breasted blazer.
After that, just give your pant legs a roll or two and leave the socks at home.
- — Russell Brandom