A reader asked for some information on slippers, which of course are bedroom footwear that may be worn in other parts of the house. Now if a man has a lot of time on his hands, he can think of foot coverings as a series of concentric rings that extend out from the bedroom, with slippers at the center. Slip-on casuals, which were once considered house shoes by men who lived in castles, are the next ring, and laced shoes worn outside are furthest from the center. But we're here to talk about slippers though we're not going to be comprehensive because a man need only care about a couple types.
Extending across several rings is the Albert slipper, named after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Victoria's consort. A velvet slipper with a leather sole and quilted silk lining, it is worn about the house, particularly with black tie, as well as anywhere that smoking jackets are appropriate. Alberts are offered by all the major English shoemakers as well as a couple companies that specialize in them exclusively.
Lesser slippers tend to be of moccasin construction, where a single piece of the slipper's material simply extends under the foot. The pictured version is one half a dozen versions that were originally designed by Henri Bendell in the 1940's and are sold to this day as Belgian Shoes (no, they don't give me shoes to write this but they should) and, according to Alan Flusser in one of his older books that I'm not going to spend the time looking for, the leopard version is the one to get. To which I will add, if they will not be seen in public.
And that's the best way to treat soleless slippers. They'll give many years of service if they're worn on carpeting but a dozen blocks on city sidewalks will be the death of them.
Keep them near the bedroom.