Leopard Print Smoking Slippers – Thanks to a Tried and True Brand

leopard-shoes-4Sometimes when a trend comes along that I really want to indulge in, I wait around for one of my tried and true brands to come out with their version of it. It means I’m usually a little late to the game, but it’s usually worth the wait.

When smoking slippers first hit the scene last year, I loved the mix of loafer and slipper. It’s a fun little flat with just a hint of ridiculous decadence reminiscent of highfalutin oil barons smoking pipes in their drawing rooms.

Finding the perfect one was a quest in itself. Having narrow feet made it more difficult, since most were too roomy in the toe-box, and some of my favorite prints were never even made in my shoe size. I also wanted a low vamp (the upper part of the shoe), since nothing cuts a leg line on a shorty like myself than a high vamped shoe. Then, one of my all time favorite shoe brands, Cole Haan, came out with their perfect little version and I was in love.

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Oddly, these flats disappeared from most retailer websites shortly after they debuted, and tracking down my size became an adventure. It wasn’t until months later I happened to find them re-stocked in my size and I was finally able to snag them. And with a perfect fit in size 5, they are definitely worth the wait. Yet another successful purchase from my beloved Cole Haan.

Note: as another owner of these shoes noted on Twitter (thanks Cathy!), the heel needs some breaking in. After wearing them around all day for the first time, my heel was feeling a little rubbed.

Just look at how inviting that plush red quilted lining is! Don’t ya just wanna dip your feet in there?

leopard-shoes-insideOutfit Details – LOFT blouse (altered) :: 7 For All Mankind skinnies :: Cole Haan shoes (lots of more colors!) (and velvet) :: Lux Accessories necklace :: Kate Spade watch (customized) :: Stella & Dot bracelet (also in silver)

Readers – What are some of your tried and true brands? Do they come through for you in a pinch? Who else is loving smoking slippers as much as I am?

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