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Slippers are definitely a go-to in men's footwear, due to their versatility and comfort, never at odds with elegance. Find your favourite pair in Lottusse's catalogue of men's slippers, all made with the best leather and artisan know-how.
This is a relatively new type of shoe in the world of men's fashion. In their early days, slippers emerged as casual footwear for lounging around the house, but they have since become stylish shoes that are ideal for casual-chic situations.
If you're looking for versatile men's shoes that can be combined with virtually any outfit, slippers may be your best bet. You can wear them both to go out and for everyday activities.
Comfort is another key asset in this type of footwear. In fact, the very name 'slippers' implies this; slippers were what men used to slip on when they got home.
Differences between slippers and loafers
A question often asked is the difference between men's loafersand slippers, two types of shoes that can often be very similar. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between them because of the number of styles and reinterpretations that are coming onto the market for both types of footwear.
That said, there are some features that are not always obvious, but which can help to differentiate between them. Both have a sole which is separate from the rest of the shoe and neither has laces. To distinguish between them, we can say that slippers have a softer appearance with fewer seams and decorative elements, while loafers usually have seams, tassels and a stiffer finish.
Features of men's slippers
One of the main features of the slipper is its thin, soft sole. The lasts are generous with an elegant, chic cut and the vamp is higher than that of the loafer, which will help us to distinguish between them. They are very versatile, and you can find models in various colours, suitable for a wide range of combinations and looks.
As previously mentioned, there are leather slippers, but they can also be made of other materials. At Lottusse, we use soft leather that easily adapts to the foot, one example being kangaroo leather. This type of leather is known for its resistance and breathability, which makes it perfect for summer.
Types of slipper
Currently we find two easily identified types of slipper on the market: Opera Pumps and Alberts. We can easily distinguish between them from the following features:
- Opera Pumps: These are made from black patent leather and have rivets and a bow at the top of the vamp (both made of grosgrain). These details are added to match the silk lapels of the dinner jacket and the bow tie.
- Alberts: They have a closed heel and are named after Queen Victoria's consort. Both models retain the comfortable but chic essence of slippers. They are also really easy to put on and take off.
How to combine men's slippers
As it is such stylish footwear, it must be highlighted in your outfit. One of the best ways to wear slippers is with trousers that reveal your ankles. It is also important to choose basic, timeless garments such as shirts and raincoats, to give prominence to your slippers.
We can easily combine slippers with a formal suit. However, we should opt for slim-fitting trousers, ideally worn with a matching tie. Many men are beginning to put their Oxford shoes away in favour of slippers, which bring an elegant, original and non-conformist touch to more formal outfits. This is why they are perfect to wear with a suit or dinner jacket.
History of the slipper
The origins of slippers can be traced back to the nineteenth century in Britain. At that time, the English aristocracy would use this type of footwear to relax and walk comfortably around the house. After a long day in the factory or out hunting, they pulled off their boots and put on their slippers. In this way, they maintained an air of elegance and kept their homes clean
Initially, slippers were made of velvet or satin and used to bear the family crest. Currently, due to the resurgence of these shoes, the designs and materials used to manufacture them are quite varied, but always inspired by that homely British footwear.
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