The best babouches, and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Shoes for sheep?!

This week, and as part of London Craft Week, the London College of Fashion opened an exhibition at Sutton House, Hackney, featuring items from the college’s archive. It’s an eclectic mix of curiosities, including everything from a 1930s orthopaedic shoe to a shoe made for a sheep. Yes, you read that correctly! It runs until July and you can find out more here.

3 of the best…babouche slippers

Miista gingham shoes, £165 (; Mango leather shoes, £35.99 (; Vagabond tassel shoes, £70 (

What makes a babouche a babouche? Usually, they’re simple leather slippers with a seam at the heel that allows the back to be flattened down, so you can wear them as a full shoe or as a mule. Versatile! While I love the traditional styles, I am a bit obsessed with gingham at the moment, so these Miista monochrome beauties really appeal to me! And of course, they’re brilliant for this time of year, since they feel really summery (put that down to their Moroccan roots) but are still substantial enough to keep your feet warm.


New brand alert! Daisy Roots


Daisy Roots black ‘Ice Cream’ sandals, £45; Daisy Roots black and silver ‘Ladies Day’ sandals, £45 (

I know you guys are always keen to hear about new brands, especially ones that involve a reasonably priced cork footbed! So meet Daisy Roots, a shoe company that started out making children’s shoes but has now branched out into womenswear. The simple designs are great for everyday, and there are a few chunkier styles in there too if that’s your thing. They sent me a pair to try out (the Ladies Day style, which comes in 4 colours and with a handy back strap to make them a bit more practical) and they are really comfy. Everything is £50 or less.


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