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Ask Belle: Are Smoking Slippers Chic?

Hi Belle

What are your thoughts on smoking slippers/loafers?  I’ve been thinking a gray suede or calf hair pair would be a good casual shoe for this season but I’ve had a hard time finding a basic pair without tassels, studs, cat faces (what Nordstrom?), etc.  Hope all is well in law school!

Thanks! D

I think smoking slippers are a nice casual option.  They don’t look good on everyone (my feet are a bit too long and narrow for them), but if you like the look, they’re a nice replacement for ballet flats.

Why anyone would pay $500 for shoes with ears is a mystery to me, but let’s see if we can’t find something better…



Adrienne Vittadini Benson Flat ($69)

I think a calf-hair or animal-print flat is a good casual option.  These Vittadini flats also come in a grey and black combo.  These Dolce Vita flats have a cool, feather-like print.

For something really basic, these black leather Nine West slippers are a good place to start.  This calf-hair pair from DSW offer a simple shape in a unique material.  Or if you’re looking for grey suede, Charlotte Russe has a pair for under-$25.

For something different, these embellished black-on-black smoking slippers from VANELi are a chic option.  I like the modern take on sparkle.  I also like these burnished gold slippers from Club Monaco.



  1. RNSF says:

    Got these in black at DSW,cat20068,dsw12cat2250016 and I am very happy with my purchase!

    October 23, 2014/Reply
  2. Mo says:

    Anyone able to wear these with anything but slim ankle pants? I have a leopard pair from Zara last year that I have been wearing with black slim pants for a week straight due to a foot injury. I’d love ideas to mix it up.

    October 23, 2014/Reply
    • M says:

      I have a pair of leopard print calf hair loafers that I purchased at the end of last season (seriously discounted) from Madewell. They are in heavy rotation in my closet. I have a lot of wool ankle pants in my wardrobe in different colors (black, grey, navy, pink), so I wear them with those and jeans. I also think they’d be cute with a knife pleated skirt and dressier top, too.

      October 23, 2014/Reply
  3. Nony says:

    I cannot stop wearing this pair of smoking slippers. I’m wearing them right now!

    They probably run narrow as they fit my narrow feet well, and be sure to size up if you’re between sizes.

    October 23, 2014/Reply
  4. Mrs. Jones says:

    I scored leopard print calf hair Sam Edelman smoking slippers at TJ Maxx and am wearing them all the time.

    October 23, 2014/Reply
  5. Giggling Gourmand says:

    I have to admit I like the Charlotte Olympia cat flats (not the heels). They aren’t part of my budget, but I think they are cute in a whimsical way. I bought these a few years ago and they make for cute travel pictures/and kind of just make me smile on my commute:

    October 23, 2014/Reply
  6. Erica says:

    I’m such a sucker for metallic smoking slippers – those Club Monaco slippers are a tease since they’re sold out in my size! 🙁 Definitely need to keep an eye out!

    October 23, 2014/Reply