In terms of fashion, it’s pretty safe to assume that we have reached a point where we can finally relax, where comfort and luxury come as one big must rather than representing another strike in a series of smart compromises. These days anything inspired by classic menswear becomes practically irresistible for the female wardrobe. The smoking slippers make no exception as they continue their outbreak for spring 2013, this time around embracing richer fabrics and gently evolving towards more minimalist silhouettes.

From formal to casual, betting on versatility and convenience, mixing both feminine grace and masculine edginess these shoes are more than ready to steal the spotlight. Call it the true style staple for spring, as the new flats will make you forget all about high-heels and platforms for a while.

Velvet smoking slippers for women

Smoking slippers for spring 2013: the style

As opposed to the heavier types of leather loafers and the ultra-feminine, barely there ballet flats, the smoking slippers are replicating the footwear “once reserved for cigar-puffing, scotch-swilling men in velvet jackets.” Beginning their adventure somewhere in the 1800s as an at-home entertaining shoe for the upper class, the modern slippers are now mirroring the men’s tuxedo accessory envisioned back in the ’90s by Tom Ford. Given their versatile style, the slippers do share a distinctive profile: a raised vamp with a slight notch where it meets the side of the shoe. Going by the names of Venetian loafers, smoking flats or slipper flats, the old-made-new again shoes go from coffee to cocktails, evoking a classic sensibility.

Liam Fahy navy slippers from the spring / summer 2013 collection

Colours and details

Further promoting clean lines and jewel-like embellishments, the smoking slippers for spring come in a wide variety of lightweight fabrics, sumptuous colors and dashing prints, becoming really hard to resist. From classic hues, to bold and bright ones, from delicate overlays to eye-catching patterns and from luxurious details to subtle accents, everything works towards keeping things interesting and exciting.

Rich velvet slippers

Definitely pointing towards the most luxurious take on the slippers trend, the flats with a strong emphasis on rich velvet look chic and add a dash of flair to any outfit. Featuring classic shades of black, or exquisite reds, fun leather-appliqued dog motifs or gold embroideries, anything goes to evoke casual opulence.

From top to bottom: Marc by Marc Jacobs – Shorty leather-appliquéd velvet slippers; Alexander McQueen – Skull-embroidered velvet slippers; Charlotte Olympia – Kitty embroidered velvet slippers.

Printed calf hair slippers

More innovative, coming across fearless and raising the bar on off-duty style, the printed calf hair smoking slippers are vibrant and effortlessly cool and can be paired to skinny jeans or flirty skirts just as easily.

From top to bottom: 3.1 Phillip Lim – Printed calf hair slippers; Christian Louboutin – Intern studded calf hair and patent-leather slippers; Jimmy Choo+ Rob Pruitt Wheel Loe embroidered leopard-print calf hair slippers.

Wool, metallics, printed satin and lace overlays

To match your wardrobe’s general feel and your particular disposition that transitions from perfect tomboy to ladylike in matter of hours, it’s mandatory to reach for complementing wool, lace and metallics in the shoe department as well. Hiding beneath hundreds of pretty faces, the smoking slippers know no boundaries.

From to to bottom: Stubbs & Wootton – Needlepoint wool slippers; Valentino – Lace-covered leather slippers; Giuseppe Zanotti – Dalila embellished metallic leather slippers; Charles Philip Shanghai – Yas printed satin slippers.

With plenty of examples on how to make the best of this trend for spring 2013 coming from the streets, and with a large number of celebrities already flaunting their newest shoe addiction either on the red carpet or during their off-duty hours, it won’t be hard at all finding a little bit of inspiration. Just think girly Alexa Chung or classy Carolina Issa and the rest will shortly fall into place.

Caroline Issa in velvet slippers

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