I find that however stylish a person might be outside of the house, everyone LOVES a pair of slippers…so much so that they’re willing to leave their style mojo at the front door in order to be warm and cosy when they get inside. But I have good news, people. The days of the frumpy slipper are over! Because now we have the clog.
Egos slippers, £31.95 – stockists include: Graham and Green (grahamandgreen.co.uk); Wild Swans, Islington; Burford Garden Centre, Oxforshire; Bunka, Forest Hill; One Two Five, Lee
There’s so much to love about clogs. They’re usually made of wool or felt rather than sheepskin; if the bad press about sheepskin slippers is a worry for you this is good news. There very convenient to slip on and off, and some even come with rubber soles which comes in handy when you’re putting out the bins. Oh, and they look really nice too. My latest discovery is the lovely Danish brand Egos Copenhagen, who very kindly send me a pair of their slippers to try out for myself. As you can see, they look GREAT; I love the slightly narrower silhouette and the colours available are cracking, including a pickled ginger pink (yay!) and the black I am wearing here.
Each pair is handmade in Nepal with wool dyed using eco-friendly colouring, and their construction requires so much skill that each artisan only makes two pairs per day. Take that, fast fashion! They are also Fair Trade. So basically that’s all bases covered as far as peace of mind goes!
As well as the slipper style I am trying out, they make shoes (above) and boots, and everything is unisex. Oh, and even though they’re hand made at a slow pace, they still come in at a reasonable price, so would make a brilliant Christmas present. Here are a few more cosy clogs available on the high street right now.
Espadrij slippers, £32 (zalando.co.uk). Available in three colours.
Felt mule clog slippers, £25.99 (zarahome.com)
Birkenstock Boston wool felt in cocoa, £65 (birkenstock.com)
‘Gus’ slippers, €69.90, baabuk.com. Available in many different colours. Please note this brand is based in Switzerland and you will need to pay postage unless you spend over €150.
Oysho Wavy felt clogs, £19.99 (oysho.com)
Gerlups slippers, £69, toa.st. Also available in turquoise
Haflinger ‘Everest’ slippers in moss green, £45, thenaturalshoestore.com. Also available in blue, black and grey
Camper customisable slippers, £70, camper.com. Please note if you are looking for Christmas presents, these take four weeks to make and be delivered but they have styles that aren’t customisable too.
Mahabis classic with removable rubber sole, £79, mahabis.com. Available in many colour options.
Toms Ivy slippers, £44.99 (toms.co.uk)