Monday, February 28, 2011
Slippers should be worn more than they are currently. They are after all surprisingly versatile if you think about it, unless that is they are the kind that look as though they were hacked from the hide of the woolly mammoth. Those aside, slippers can be worn almost anywhere.
Now I have written in the past about velvet slippers but the choice is hardly limited to those. Indeed, my own preference is for the canvas versions with a finish that looks like suede. Lightweight and more comfortable than their velvet relations, they accompany me on airplanes, entertain guests at home, and, sockless, serve as warm weather drivers. This in addition to their regular duties which routinely find them helping take out the trash and insulating my feet from the cold floors of the laundry (life has not been all champagne and cigars at the ASW manse since She Who Rules determined that if my pajamas truly must be cold water washed on the delicate cycle then the housekeeper would no longer be responsible for laundering them; a change that did at least mean that they are no longer regularly shrunken two sizes).
There is of course some controversy about color. Just as a few traditionalists insist upon black oxfords for town shoes, some men will have nothing but black slippers. Personally, I find brown works better with navy blue pajamas in the morning. I will wear black at night of course, though dark green are visually more interesting and a better complement to gray. And then there is the leopard printed pair, which are particularly nice with linen trousers though I will admit that they sometimes attract puzzled glances at the grocery store (your mileage may vary, depending on the habitués of the grocery in your neighborhood).
Slippers should be worn more than they are, really.