Ode to the Albert Slipper (photos & links)...

Discussion in 'Andy's Trad Forum' started by Doctor Damage, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Doctor Damage

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    I've been threatening to do this thread to some of you for a while now, and here we go...

    As usual, please give me the first 3 or 4 posts so I can lay down some basic info and links to current manufacturers, and then post away!

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  2. Doctor Damage

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    Manufacturers and retailers.

    What is the Albert Slipper? The Albert slipper is a house shoe with hard leather sole & heel, usually velvet uppers with quilted synthetic lining, and often an embroidered design on the vamp. Variations included normal leather or cloth lining (not quilted), rubber heel, or a plain vamp with no embroidered decoration. Ostensibly house slippers, Albert slippers have often been used outside the home with tuxedos and formal dress for a bit of flash.

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    Current manufacturers include:

    Church's - Church's makes their own slippers as in stock items, with or without an embroidered crown, in black, dark blue, or burgundy velvet. These slippers have the highest vamp of any currently available, stretching high on the foot, and have a slight chisel toe shape. These slippers no longer have the quilted lining.

    Bowhill & Elliot - Makes their own slippers by hand and I suspect provides slippers to most other retailers including Shipton & Heneage. These slippers are fairly low vamp and have a rounded toe shape.

    Shipton & Heneage - Shipton likely sells slippers made for them by Bowhill & Elliot but offers them in a dizzying variety of sizes, colours, and materials (including leather uppers and tartans). Custom embroidered designs are possible as are slippers made from customer supplied cloths.

    Stubbs & Wootton - Despite the posh name, Stubbs is a fairly recent fashion shoe sold in the United States (but made in Spain). They are apparently narrow and certainly overpriced.

    Del Toro Shoes - Del Toro is the newest entrant to this market and offers a basic black velvet slipper with quilted lining, rubber heel, and rounded toe. The shoes are sold in the United States and made in Spain. These are probably the least fancy but most robust for use outside the home.

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    Other retailers include Crockett & Jones (probably selling rebadged Bowhill & Elliot slippers), Edward Green (which supplier some slippers to Ralph Lauren), and Trickers. None of these brands are cheap, although the last two offer bespoke.

    From time to time retailers like Brooks Brothers offer Albert slippers.

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    Time for some photos!

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  3. Doctor Damage

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    This is the classic Church's model of Albert slipper. Note the characteristic (and unique) shape of the Church's slipper, the quilted lining (incredibly comfy when worn without socks), and the leather heel without nails or slugs (to avoid marking wooden floors).

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  4. Thom Browne's Schooldays

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    A few weeks ago I was going to start a thread asking what the proper name for those is.
     
  5. Doctor Damage

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    This is a pair of Bowhill & Elliot slippers, made for Harrod's.

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  6. Doctor Damage

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    Shipton & Heneage slippers (these pairs are without embroidered designs).

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  7. Patrick06790

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    Now those I would wear. The embroidered things are just too much.
     
  8. fairway

    fairway Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    The Church's model looks good to me. I suppose that the quilt lining is unique to Church's. I wonder if the embroidered models offer a plain toed alternative?
     
  9. Doctor Damage

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    All of the major manufacturers that I listed above offer plain velvet slippers. You're right, they're more versatile for those of us who aren't aristocrats living in grand old country houses.

    Actually, the Church's are now the only ones that do NOT come with quilted linings (Stubbs never did). Personally, if you're going to wear them as house slippers then the quilted lining is great with bare feet. The unlined slippers are really only comfy with socks.

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  10. Doctor Damage

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    Stubbs & Wootton shoes. I say "shoes" because they are unlined and were always intended to be worn outside the house as fashionable shoes in places like Palm Beach. Based on what I've seen on eBay they seem to be too flashy and too expensive to be a reasonable option. The men's and women's versions are virtually indistinguishable...

    Despite the name, they've only been around since the early 1990s, if memory serves.

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