Like many popular fashion trends, this upcoming season’s must-have shoe draws its inspiration from menswear: the formal smoking slipper. The offspring of ladylike loafers and ballet slippers that previously reigned supreme, the chic smoking flat hit the catwalks of last year’s Fall/Winter shows. Versatile and comfortable, while effortlessly adding both grace and edge to any outfit, this shoe unsurprisingly began to gain popularity on the street.
Better yet, smoking slippers have remained a favorite on the feet of models for the fall ready-to-wear collections. However, this season, designers have impressed with their talent for updating the originally simple shoe with unique and fierce twists. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the myriad variations on the smoking slipper and purchase your first pair, or add a second (because there is no shame in owning too many), as it becomes this fall’s favorite flat.
If you’re a smoking flat virgin, no need to fret over the many style options. Just stick with the classics, which are the epitome of elegance. They may be more simple in design, but they are equally as fashionable as all the styles below while being more likely to flatter whatever outfit you have on. After all, it was the classic smoking slipper that started the entire trend, so you know it’s fabulous without any embellishment.
Smoking slippers are actually considered a subcategory of women’s loafers, which can often be hard to see, even in the classic example above. As the designs become more abstract and complex, the masculine origins of this trend become even harder to appreciate. If you really want to embrace the menswear inspiration, try something like this:
Animal prints have been making a comeback, a trend that can be frightening to try but a great creative outlet for the more adventurous crowd. As such, animal prints have met the perfect match in smoking flats, which retain their elegance and keep the prints from being overtly flashy. However, it still remains a bold choice, so you’ll want to make the shoe the focal point of your outfit, because unlike the other styles of smoking slippers, you can’t just throw animal prints on with anything.
I mean, who doesn’t love glitter? Certainly the most feminine variation of smoking flats, these are also the most delightfully free-spirited and precious. Wearing them will bring back memories of how you used to wobble around the house playing dress-up in half-inch glittery heels. Release that inner five-year-old with these striking, all-grown-up slippers.
Sometimes, it’s the little details that make the shoe. Instead of playing with the print of the fabric, these detailed styles build upon the classic smoking flat with metal accents to take them to the next level.
GET IT NOW: SUMMER FUN
If you can’t wait until September to start wearing this trend, you don’t have to! The smoking slipper made a crossover into summer shoe wear, too, available in neon colors or light materials, like cotton and mesh.
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