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The slipper shape/pattern is definitely among my all time favorite looks. It is just so non-fussy, simple and versatile, and due to these brilliant factors they can be worn with virtually anything casual to smart-casual. While I would personally love to wear bespoke suits everyday (and thus bespoke shoes), I simply cannot afford that lifestyle and am subjected to simply being as smart casual as I can be (which I also love) and it just so happens that a slipper shoe goes with everything that in this category, which I think is precisely why I have always been so attracted to them. I don’t find myself wearing the thinner soled versions as much (even though I have a few pairs), not because I don’t like them, but mainly because I have quite roughed up feet and personally really need that support on my arch for the ‘ol plantar fasciitis. Had I not had this ironic problem, I would probably be living in slippers morning, day and night!!!

While you will find a lot of slippers companies these days hashing out customized this and that, I must say that while some have cooler designs than others, you find that they all quite look and feel the same. What apparently separates Sartorial Footwear from the masses is the personalized construction and high quality of the materials used. While the company is still quite small, this means that the majority of the work is still done by the founder. And what he does, is hand-last each pair. That being, while the construction of the sole is cemented, the product as a whole is still theoretically a “handmade” shoe as everything is done (put on) by hand. And to top it off, they sourced materials (i.e leather) from the same suppliers that many of the top-notch Northampton shoemakers do too. So, instead of having the ‘ol run-of-the-mill velvet, you are getting top grade suedes, fabrics and linings to back it all. While I personally have not had the experience of testing them out, I am already eye-ing up those green herringbones in the background of the above picture and will let you all know as soon as I do, how the quality compares to others!

(p.s. they even have ladies one’s, and they are really cool!!!)

In the meanwhile, I hope that everyone has a great weekend!!


Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

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