Sadly it’s time to wave goodbye to summer (what summer I hear you cry) and welcome autumn with its glistening golden shades, food fit for harvest and chillier climes that bring crisp mornings and nippy nights.
As we contemplate every day if it’s too early to reach for the thermostat, one thing its not too early to seize at this time of year is a decent pair of slippers.
I’ve always loved slippers. There’s nothing nicer than getting home from work and getting into mine, giving my feet the cosy respite they long for after a long day tucked in some bulky boots. In the past I’ve normally gone for slippers from stores such as John Lewis or M&S but these would maybe only last a few months before wear and tear took hold. You see, the thing is my slippers go through quite an onslaught – being a dad and a dog owner, on a daily basis they must withstand Edie using me as a mobile climbing frame and also face the strains of two large dogs forever stepping on my toes. The final nail in the coffin has always been the quick (but regular) meetings with mother nature whilst carrying out my dad duties down at the shed or out at the car, when changing into some shoes would just be too time consuming.
Slippers unfortunately don’t have the coolest of reputations; images of an old man accompanied by his pipe or a Rab C Nesbitt-type scruff have tarnished people’s attitudes unfairly for a long time. But times are changing as designers have finally concluded slippers can tackle modern day life whilst being practical and importantly looking good.
At the start of 2015 I discovered Mahabis, a contemporary brand designing slippers that meant my busy life hurrying around after children and dogs inside and out could be sustained whilst also allowing my footwear to retain some form of edge.
Their designs are simple yet stylish; the woolly lining ensures their primary role as a slipper is guaranteed whilst the range of vibrantly coloured clip-on soles gives the basic blueprint some buoyant oomph. The soles aren’t quite as practical to apply as their social media campaigns suggest, but we’re only talking a few extra seconds of tinkering to get the desired look. Because of this, I tend to just keep my soles attached at all times so if I ever need to put the bins out, or even pop out for some milk, I’m ready to go.
I love my Mahabis and have already recommended them to friends and family. For around £60 you can ensure you have something that looks good but importantly has longevity unlike than the countless £30 outlays your might spend on the high street.
You're not going to rock up to the pub wearing these or ramble your way through a long walk, but they do bridge the gap for a piece of footwear that can assist our busy lives. When you need something to briefly withstand the outdoor world whilst maintaining the comfort and relaxation you want inside, Mahabis are the answer. As we face the chilly autumn and winter months ahead, I'm happy that my feet will be looking both snug and stylish…