“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Slippers „
Now anyone who knows me well will know that I hate hate hate having cold feet. I get cramp waaaaay too easily, and I love my big cosy boot slippers.
There is however one quite large problem with wearing boot slippers sometimes, and that's that they can be just a tad too warm. Knowing this, and knowing that I was looking for something lightweight and not too warm for when the hot weather comes along, a friend of mine kindly bought me a pair of these for Christmas.
Now I'll be honest, apart from trying them on initially I didn't really use them much to begin with because the weather was cold and my boot slippers have sooo much more appeal when it's like that. However, the recent nice weather we've had has made me pull these out of the drawer and use them.
In shape these are very much like a trainer sock - they cover just the part of the foot that would normally be covered by a trainer or other slip on shoe. Unlike a trainer sock however, they have a sort of non-slip bit on the bottom of them making them ideal for walking around the house when you have slippery laminate on the floors. (My friend also knows I've been known to slip over occasionally when just wearing socks ahem).
At the edge of the slipper they're slightly elasticated so that they cling round your foot quite well. They're beautifully soft and fluffy - a bit more so on the outside than the inside, and the only thing I'd say against them is that they have a bit of lacy stuff round the opening which I could do with out as it's not as soft as the rest of the construction and tbh looks a bit odd.
They're a 'one size' item rather than being sized like a shoe or slipper, I think perhaps if they did 2 or 3 sizes like you get with socks it might be a bit better as being a size seven shoe, I think these could ideally do with being fractionally bigger. They do stop my feet getting too cold when I wander around, but if they were a tad bigger they'd be just slightly more comfy I think.
I also think these will be ideal for taking with me when we go away overnight. They're very small and lightweight making them incredibly easy to pop into an overnight bag unlike my big boot slippers.
Overall as I didn't pay for these, I think they're great. If I had to buy them myself? Well if they weren't more than a fiver or so then yes I might well indulge, but any more than that and I'd probably not bother. (I've looked on the website and can't actually find them so I'm guessing they may be restricted to in-store only purchasing).
It's not often I shop in M&S, we are a family of six so their prices do tend to be a bit out of our budget as it costs enough even in Tesco to keep my lot fed, watered and clothed. Back in December however we moved house and after a lot of hassle with Virgin Media decided to give Sky a chance (a chance to prove they were a better organised company than when we used them before, that is!). As a thank you for joining we received £50 of M&S vouchers, I was so excited that within an hour of them arriving I was firmly ensconced in my local M&S looking at what I could treat myself to.
Eventually I did the decent thing and bought food with most of the vouchers, but the one non-edible item which made its way into my trolley were a pair of these slipper socks as once I'd felt how gorgeously soft they were I just had to have them. Plus, at £4 they were possibly the cheapest item in the whole store - and I do like the feel like I'm getting a bargain!
Now, I've worn Totes slipper socks before and don't really see the point of them as they are so completely sock-like that I feel a bit silly wearing them with my dressing gown but, as you can see from the piccie above, these are more in the style of pumps so I thought (if all else failed) I could at least wear them under my shoes to keep my feet extra warm.
They are available in grey or pink, I'd have actually preferred the grey but those weren't in stock so ended up with the pink ones. They are stretchy with a soft fluffy finish, they actually slip on like any pair of socks although you do have to ensure that the sole is as flush to the bottom of your foot as possible as they do have the irritating habit of rolling up slightly if you've put them on a bit wonky.
There's no padding to the slippers at all, the sole has been given a slightly rubberised non-slip design but while walking around the house there is no extra comfort or softness to the bottoms of the slippers. That's not to say that they're not amazingly comfortable (they are) but I still prefer a pair of traditional slippers with an actual sole.
The sides and top part of the slippers are quite itchy, something which I cannot stand, and for this reason I don't wear them as often as I'd like to. The fluffy fibres can be felt each time I move my feet and I find this unbearably irritating, sometimes I'll put them on and have to take them off again after a few minutes because of this and that's no good for me as I do tend to live in slippers when I'm in the house.
They are extremely comfortable (apart from the itchiness), much more so than any version of Totes that I've worn in the past. They cling nicely to my feet and leave them feeling neither too hot nor too cold, the sole isn't likely to last long as I do a lot of walking around the house and this section of the slipper socks feels very thin and not particularly durable.
The fair price makes this less of an issue than if they had cost more and in all honesty I probably will replace them once the seam which looks in danger of splitting eventually goes. The soft cosiness of them makes them ideal for curling up in front of the TV even if they're not particularly suitable for wandering around the house.
Despite nearly always wearing slipper boots I saw these in Marks & Spencer and thought they looked so cute I would try them.
The Cosy Marl Ballet Slipper Socks are similar to regular slipper socks except they are just like ballet shoes. They come in 2 colour choices, grey mix or pink mix, I, of course, went for the pink ones. They cost just £4.00 a pair so I wasn't throwing too much away if I didn't get a lot of use from them.
The ballet slipper socks are made from a lovely cosy material, almost furry. Mine as I said are the pink mix ones and they are a nice pale two tone pink colour.
They have an elasticised edge with a small piece of lace around it. This is the only bit I'm not keen on. I think the lace tends to make them look slightly "grannyish" (no offence to anyone). This aside the elastic ensures that they fit nice and snug around my foot.
They come in just one size so its a case of one size fits all, I am a 6 and I've found they fit perfectly. The ballet slipper socks have a nice non slip sole on them so no slip ups should occur on vinyl or wooden floors. These are definitely indoor slippers, there no way they would stand up to outside wear. So popping to the dustbin in these isn't advised.
The socks are machine washable and I've found they always come up nicely and retain their fluffy texture. They haven't shrunk or stretched.
Now despite having quite a lot of use from these little ballet slipper socks I have to say its not been as slippers! I did wear them once or twice but to be honest I missed my slipper boots round my ankles, I think I've spoiled myself with these too much. My feet and toes were warm enough it was just my ankles that felt the chill.
I now use the ballet slipper socks inside my wellie boots. Most weekends and in school holidays I take my Niece and Nephew for a tramp through the trees that run around the edges of a series of fields nearby. I found that it didn't matter what socks I wore my feet were cold and sore. I tried these slipper socks inside my wellies and they were brilliant. No more cold sore feet.
I have a friend who keeps a pair of these in her handbag so if she visits anyone and is asked to remove her shoes she's got these to pop on. A good idea if you hate having bare feet!
So would I recommend these? Yes I would! They are cosy and warm and didn't break the bank. I didn't find them great as slipper socks, but as Wellington boot liners they are fabulous.
I currently do surveys on one or two different sites and some of them provide the rewards in vouchers. This is how I came to be the proud owner of a £10 M & S voucher.
I had intended to use it to buy some nice food - I can't usually afford to buy food from M & S - but I decided to have a wander round the store first.
I found a pair of slipper socks for just £4 so I decided to treat myself. We live in a cottage on the slopes of The Great Orme in Llandudno and when the wind blows in a certain direction it is very difficult to keep warm, especially around the foot area! I don't know about you but when my feet are cold the rest of me always feels cold too.
So this was why I was attracted to the Marl Ballet Slipper socks and I thought the price of £4 was reasonable too. They were available in grey or pink so I chose grey as I am not really a pink sort of person although the pink ones were very pretty.
These slippers are the same sort of thing as Totes slipper socks with the same sort of non slip sole. The big difference is the fact that these just cover the foot like slippers do as opposed to being a longer sock. They also have a lace trim which pretties them up a bit too.
The slippers are one size so they stretch and the fit for me is great as I am a size 5 although I am not so sure how far they would stretch if you have much bigger feet.
The fabric is composed as follows: 62% polyester, 37% polyamide and 1% elastane. I got this information from the Marks and Spencer website at www.marksandspencer.com from where you can also buy the slippers if your local M & S don't have any left in stock. The slippers are also machine washable on a delicate cycle which is another advantage.
I have been really impressed with these slippers. They are lovely and comfortable although they are not the sort of slippers to go outside in - they are strictly for indoor wear.
They weren't quite warm enough for me when the weather was really cold, but that is because of the fact that the cottage is old and does have a few draughts, so I tend to wear them when it is cool but not very cold - that's when the thicker, higher, boot style slippers come out!
Another big advantage of these slippers is that they would be easy to pack for you to take on holiday - they wouldn't take up much room in your suitcase and would be just the job to wear in your hotel room.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend these as they are very comfortable, attractive to look at and ideal for wearing to mooch around the house. They would make an great, inexpensive gift too.
Cosy Marl Ballet Slipper Socks
I don't shop for too many things in Marks and Spencer's but I do like certain things from there. I find it extremely difficult to find any suitable footwear, including slippers but find there is usually something to be found in dear old Marks and Spencer's. I have bought many a pair of slippers from this store and mostly have been very pleased. I also like their underwear department.
A short while ago, my husband was pleased to be awarded a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher for some good deed or other and he very kindly insisted that I use the voucher. I argued a little but, if he was so eager to treat me, then who was I to argue?
I also had a few pounds left on a gift card so was able to enjoy making a few purchases from this store. One thing that I bought and am pleased with is my cosy Marl Ballet Slipper socks.
The same chunky style knit can be purchased as a longer slipper sock, if preferred.
These are really a bit of a cross between slippers and socks, as is usual with slipper socks, but these are a little different in that they are designed as a ballet style shoe, so only cover some of the foot, stopping below the ankles as in ballet pumps. I find this is a nice alternative to my usual slippers socks as sometimes, if too much of my foot is covered when indoors, and the central heating is on, my feet become too hot. With these slipper socks my toes and the soles of my feet are kept wonderfully warm but without becoming overheated. Just so perfectly warm and cosy.
The lace trim edging adds a further feminine touch to these slipper socks, adding to their appeal.
They are ideal to wear as slippers owing to the non-slip sole, but I also find these comfortable to wear in bed on the coldest nights, such as experienced in November and December 2010. I don't usually feel as cold as I did then when some form of socks were worn in bed on several occasions.
Another good thing about these socks for me is that they are nice to wear under Croc type sandals. I often wear Crocs around the home as they are more comfortable for me at times than normal slippers, but of course being plastic and holey, they don't keep the feet particularly warm. However, Crocs paired with these ballet type socks are lovely; comfortable and oh so warm!
I buy slippers in a small or size four. These are one size and fit me perfectly but I don't think they might not fit so nicely on a foot needing over size six perhaps. I think they would be a better buy for more customers if they were sized in small, medium and large, but this is just my opinion.
The Cosy Marl ballet type Slipper Socks are available form Marks and Spencer for the price of £4.00. I feel that is a very reasonable price.
They come in a grey colour (which I have) and a pretty pink. I think now that I have tried the grey and am satisfied with them; I shall now also buy a pair in pink.
I have washed these often as I would with normal socks. They are machine washable. I choose a low and delicate wash. After washing I have pulled them back into shape and allowed them to dry on a clothes airer.
Some Details from the Marks and Spencer website, http://www.marksandspencer.com:
* Lace trim
* Fluffy detail
* Marl effect
* Added stretch
* Care Instructions: Machine washable
* Composition: 62% polyester
37% polyamide and 1% elastane