British shoe designer Charlotte Dellal may have built her Charlotte Olympia footwear brand on killer heels with hockey puck-sized exterior platforms. But for fall, she's also offering something a little more tame.
I adore these kitty cat flats in leopard print, which bring to mind men's smoking slippers. They're a witty answer to fall's animal attraction and could go toe-to-toe with Marc Jacobs' iconic mouse flats (they give me a fright every time I see them). The kitty slipper also comes in red or black velvet for $660 at Neiman Marcus, Net-a-porter.com and other stores.
Along with the loafer, the smoking slipper is shaping up to be the hot new shoe of the season, in keeping with the strong menswear trend.
Besides the tried-and-true preppy versions from Stubbs & Wootton (I love the stormy palm trees embroidered on this blue velvet pair, above left), I've also seen smoking slippers from Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Loeffler Randall, Sam Edelman and Dolce Vita.
Shoes made for walking ... or lounging.
-- Booth Moore
Top photo: Charlotte Olympia. Credit: Charlotte Olympia
Bottom photos, left to right: Stubbs & Wootton; Christian Louboutin; Loeffler Randall and Jimmy Choo.