Chic slip-on shoes for style at home and beyond
For flat shoe styles that find form in comfort and elegance, we propose slip on options from Gray Matters, Yuni Buffa, Khaite and Manolo Blahnik
The sleekest flat sandals combine style with insouciance, so it’s unsurprising that we’ve been drawn to slip on options that also boast a snuggle factor. Think flat pumps, slippers and pared-back ballet flats, and feast your eyes (and feet) on natural textures including shearling, soft leather and suede. With these options, you’ll be well and truly on the right foot.
There’s an inherent ease to NYC-based brand Gray Matters, which specialises in sculptural, insouciant styles with geometric details and colourful accents. An elegant almond toe accentuates the shape of the Mildred Piccola slip on flat, a silhouette that flits perfectly between at-home ease and back-to-reality refinement. The style’s two-tone heel is also infinitely eye-catching.
South Korean designer Yuni Buffa is launching her brand ‘with a shoe that reflects a woman of our time.’ This translates to a pared back elegant ballerina flat she calls Pia; perfect for indoor and outdoor wear. Made in Tuscany by specialist cordwainers, these flats have a padded insole, a functional cinch cord and soft upper crafted from buttery soft lamb nappa, that ‘will form around your foot over time and you might forget you’re wearing them,’ says the designer, who has clocked design roles at Loeffler Randall and Rag & Bone, and splits her time between New York and Italy. Where possible Yuni uses end of line luxury leathers that would otherwise be discarded to cut down on waste and transform unwanted materials into lasting beautiful footwear. What’s more, as a member of 1% for the Planet, Yuni will contribute 1% of the proceeds from the sale of each pair of shoes to the Fair World Project, an organization that advocates for the fair and ethical treatment of artisans and factory workers around the globe.
All hail the Marni Fussbett Sabot. The Italian label has launched a slip-on version of its signature shuffle-around style, which will instill a sense of easy comfort when at home. For the wilder of wearers, we recommed the style in fluffy calf’s hair. Just don’t sport them out in the snow.
There’s a balletic inclination behind Melbourne-based label ESSĒN’s Foundation flat. The brand’s shoes are based around the idea of essential design, seen here in this streamlined slip on shape, featuring only a simple loop detail on the style’s heel. The Foundation flat is available in a range of shaes, from silver to red. Pick your favourite tone and twirl.
There’s an architectural elan behind the designs of accessories label Neous, and nothing fits more with our pared back-meets-pampered approach that the brand’s pointed toe, shearling-lined Alba slippers. Slip them on and snuggle up.
Sabah’s sleek slippers are handmade by a family of artisans in South Turkey, and we find the brand’s shearling-lined styles a particularly snuggly option. For the more festively inclined, Sabah’s metallic silver leather styles will get you into the celebratory spirit. What better way to sparkle into spring?
For those of us with a Marie Kondo-centric affinity for neatness, John Lobb’s Knighton slipper will have organisation obsessives feeling euphoric. Not only is the style constructed from cashmere suede, with a comfort-focused padded sole, both slippers fit neatly into a customised slipper bag. You’ll find the ultimate storage satisfaction when you draw across its zipper.
There’s a brilliant sense of bohemianism behind Celine’s Babouche slipper, sure to alluringly elevate any loungewear look. We’re drawn to this shiny python style, which will complement the cappucino tones of a cashmere set, and will ensure you ooze sophistication when you pop to the shops.
These bow detail Carlotha Ray sandals offset comfort with ostentation. Made in Italy, the styles have eco-aware credentials, made using compostable rubber and Eco Satin, and dyed using natural ingredients like medicinal flowers and vegetables.
Sleeper’s signature feather trim pyjamas have already gained cult sleepover status, and make for the perfect party ensemble, particularly when we’re all indoors. The label’s snuggly shearling lined slippers are the perfect at-home accompaniment and are imagined in neutral shades and a range of zingy brights, dependent on how much you want them to stand out on Zoom.
Did lockdown encourage you to overhaul your storage solutions? Khaite’s round toe ballet flats feature elasticated cuffs which allow them to be simply folded away. They’re also essential for those at-home barre workouts.
The square toe detail of the German brand’s Gina shoe brings a contemporary twist to the ubiqutous ballet flat, which also ushers in spring in delicate daffodil yellow.
Slip-on the label’s Caoma shoe when running essential errands. The style was crafted in soft leather by local artisans in Spain.
The LA-based label produces its shoes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The unlined styles are dyed using aniline, creating an impeccably soft surface, retaining the leather’s natural grain.
Slip into the South Korean label’s glossy mules, which boast a graphic criss cross detail and a distinct square toe.
Inspired by the silhouette of Japanese house shoes, Manoogian’s Mono Mule has been updated for spring in a range of textures, including soft suede. §