There's something about stepping into a pair of smoking slippers that feels a tad indulgent. Perhaps it's because the supremely comfortable shoes, once favored by leisure-loving dandies, lend themselves well to a louche style. Yet the slippers are also quite refined, offering a borrowed-from-the-boys look without appearing too masculine. Current renditions of this classic shoe come in sumptuous fabrics and are adorned with cool patterns or emblems, so it's no wonder why they're now the footwear of choice for low-fuss stylesetters (Alexa Chung's officially a fan). Continue reading for the picks you should try today.On The Street & Runway
Thanks to their surprising versatility, smoking slippers are a smart addition to your repertoire no matter what your sensibilities. Take Emporio Armani's opulent velvet rendition, made sophisticated with tassels and a short heel, from the F/W 12 show. They're perfect for offering androgynous contrast to a romantic outfit. These shoes also work well with more casual looks, as Alexa Chung demonstrated last month at London Fashion Week. The style savant's Penelope Chilvers Palm Tree Dandy Slippers ($396) added polish--and whimsical flair--to her cardigan and jeans. Ready to step into your own pair of slippers? Check out our selection now!
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1. Sam Edelman Alvin Smoking Slippers ($150) in True Khaki
Integrate smoking slippers into your weekend wardrobe by using them as an alternative to ballet flats. Sam Edelman's animal-print pair works well with cropped skinnies and a shrunken sweater for Sunday errands.
2. Tory Burch Fox Velvet Smoking Slippers ($250, 310.248.2612)
Tory Burch gives her plush slippers a playful twist with an embroidered fox face, and a short heel makes these shoes feel more luxe than lounge-y.
3. Alexander McQueen Flower Embroidered Velour Smoking Slippers ($695)
A floral motif injects these menswear-inspired slippers with a little femininity. Play off the colorful embroidery with a bright flared skirt.
4. Nine West Panto2 Slippers ($79) in Black Crest
Complement the preppy theme of Nine West's slip-ons, which are emblazoned with an old-school crest, by teaming them with a striped oxford shirt and Bermuda shorts--an ideal vacation outfit!
5. Rochas Graphic-Print Satin Smoking Slippers ($445)
These elegant smoking slippers come in an understated print that's suitable for your nine-to-five. Finish off the look with a crisp button-down and midi skirt.
6. Miu Miu Slippers ($650) in Red Hibiscus
These fuchsia Miu Miu stunners add a little pep to your tried-and-true neutrals. Coordinate them with a little black dress for a statement-making ensemble.
7. Giambattista Valli Metallic Brocade Stone-Heel Smoking Slippers ($1095)
Crafted from metallic brocade and sporting a bejeweled heel, Giambattista Valli's slippers are glamorous enough for a formal event. Try them with a tuxedo shorts suit for a sophisticated yet fun eveningwear look.--Tiffany Tse
Emporio Armani runway photo, courtesy of Imax Tree; photo of Alexa Chung, courtesy of Splash News.