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

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

  1. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    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

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    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

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    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

    Thom Browne's Schooldays Well-Known Member

    heh

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

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

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

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  6. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

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

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  7. Patrick06790

    Patrick06790 Well-Known Member

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

    fairway Well-Known Member

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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

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    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

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    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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  11. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    Del Toro Shoes, the newest brand of Albert slippers, designed and sold by a couple of young guys in Florida. Nice shape, quilted interior, and tough leather soles make these probably the most versatile of the offerings out there. Unfortunately, they have no brand recognition yet, so we'll see how they do. I had a detailed thread on these shoes last summer in which I did a full review.

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    The photo below shows the two young guys who own and operate this business. They're trying to (partially) horn in on Stubbs & Wootton's market which will be an uphill battle, but I hope they do well.

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  12. Topsider

    Topsider Well-Known Member

    A version from Ralph Lauren, found on eBay:

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  13. Patrick06790

    Patrick06790 Well-Known Member

    Just an aside, but what's with the dancing devils and grinning skulls? Are these emblems supposed to make the slipper wearer seem raffish?
     
  14. Topsider

    Topsider Well-Known Member

    Probably. Stubbs & Wootton seem particularly smitten with the skull motif.

    I'm actually thinking about ordering a pair of the plain ones from Del Toro. They look more comfortable than the patent oxfords I've been wearing with my tux, and for some reason are more appealing than a pair of patent leather pumps with silk bows.
     
  15. crazyquik

    crazyquik Well-Known Member

    Mine.

    Brooks Bros.

    Probably made by Church's.

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  16. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    Definitely made by Church's. No other brand has that unique shape. These are an 8.5 so they look kind of stumpy -- in larger sizes they look much more sleek.

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  17. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Well-Known Member

    So how are these things worn?

    Some people, who are confident of their appearance, wear them with tuxedos, but for most of us they will be confined to the home or in very casual situations outside the home.

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    Dean Martin, hosting his show.

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    Jamie Blandford (future Duke of Marlborough) and Ed McMahon.

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    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008
  18. Topsider

    Topsider Well-Known Member

  19. Joe Tradly

    Joe Tradly Well-Known Member

    Above, is Frank wearing patent leather pumps with bows?

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  20. enecks

    enecks Well-Known Member

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    It certainly appears that way...
     

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