*This article has been updated for accuracy, April 2017
Smoking slippers, opera slippers or embroidered loafers.
Slipper Loafers are among the most comfortable shoes. They are also called Smoking Slippers (very old fashioned), just plain loafers, or Opera Slippers. These shoes were originally designed for men, were traditionally made of velvet and called Opera Slippers. These loafers are snappier than most and can be worn day into night. They come in various materials, from fabric and suede to velvet. They can be solid colors or have wonderful motifs.
C. Wonder is back with a boutique on QVC. It is carrying women’s suede loafers with wonderful designs. These suede loafers with a flamingo motif are $79.96 on sale. They also have green suede with half a zebra on each, and navy with an elephant on each.
These velvet ‘Bee Happy’ shoes are from Pendleton with leather insoles/outsoles. They are made in Spain. $180.00.
These are from French Sole Shoes and come in several colors and materials. These are velvet with a rubber sole. On sale for $169.60.
I love these zebra loafers. The shoe has a fabric upper with a leather sole. Prices fluctuate at Amazon.
Being partial to kitties, I can’t resist these dark blue Embroidered Smoking Slipper Kitty Loafers. They also come in black, pale green, yellow, burgundy, lavender and pink. They have velvet uppers and a comfortable lining. $43.00.This natural linen slipper loafer will be a very useful shoe. It has a raffia upper, leather insole and leather sole. It is made in Spain. $180.00.
Ready for a little color? Try these comfortable suede flats from Franco Sarto. $49.99.
The gold standard in women’s classic slipper loafers is Stubbs and Wootton. They are expensive but they do last forever. This pair is called ‘nitenday’ and they are among my favorites. These are velvet with a leather sole. The slipper loafers also come in solids, needlepoint patterns or bespoke. $450.
I own a pair of Sabahs and love them. They are a little more casual than some of the others shown above, but in the right color can go from day to evening. The leather is so soft and feels wonderful. Each pair is handmade in southeast Turkey and initialed by the craftsman who made it. There is a rubber outsole on the bottom of the shoes which is great to prevent slipping. There are over a dozen colors. $190 a pair.
Jane M., friend and ASE subscriber, highly recommends My Chatelles. They have a range of slippers, flats and espadrilles (on sale now!). They will personalize them if you’d like.
Can’t get enough flats? We can’t either so here are some more great styles!