Take the practicality of ballet flats, add sleek details or outrageous features, and you have a more refined version of the classic shoe. Smoking slippers are quickly replacing everyday flats as the go-to shoe for stylish women on the go. Like their predecessor, the different routes you can take when selecting your pair of smoking slippers are endless; below are four of the main categories of the new shoe trend!
Classic: Smoking slippers in simple designs with basic fabrications and small yet lavish details are perfect for the woman who wants to keep her shoes as sleek and chic as possible. These shoes by Yves Saint Laurent are the perfect example; with a slight heel and a metal cap toe, they are simple yet stylish. Giorgio Armani and Prada's versions of the simple smoking slipper are other examples of a classic shoe that stands out due to their fine details and sophisticated look.
Bright: Shoes in bright fabrics are a great way to add a splash of color to the warm hues of your autumn and winter wardrobe. You can opt for a solid color such as these cobalt blue suede shoes from Via Spiga or you can go with a two toned slipper like the ones by Charlotte Olympia (at left). No matter the choice, bright colored smoking slippers are ideal for the woman who wants to make her shoes the most colorful aspect of her outfit.
Patterned: Patterned smoking slippers allow us to highlight current print trends in our shoes. The Aztec print slippers courtesy of Cobra Society are an example of how current prints can be incorporated into an outfit without going overboard. These Loeffler Randall smoking slippers are another great example; the toned down animal print makes an elegant yet bold statement.
Biker Chic: If you want to unleash your "bad side" in the form of footwear, you're in luck! Many designers are taking advantage of the biker trend by incorporating the look into their shoes with fun details such as studs and spikes. Show off your biker girl attitude by rocking smoking slippers like these by Alexander McQueen with an embroidered skull or these Jimmy Choo studded, British pride shoes. If you want to combine a bunch of different wild looks, the metallic, animal print Ash shoes complete with a studded heel are the ultimate (and only) slipper appropiate for the rock & roll lifestyle!