“ Brand: George „
One thing that I absolutely love is slippers. I own several pairs in various styles and designs, such as 'boot' style slippers and mule or 'slip-on' designs, as well as big chunky animal-shaped offerings. I am unable to work due to ill health and so spend a lot of time at home, so I tend to wear out slippers and socks more than your average person, but this is a small price to pay for my comfort, in my opinion.
A few months ago I was browsing in the 'George' clothing section within my local Asda supermarket when I noticed several pairs of brightly coloured patterned slippers. As I knew I needed to replace one of the pairs I had at home, I decided to see what the store had to offer.
The slippers that I eventually decided to buy were the George Animal Print slippers, and I decided to buy this pair over any other for several reasons. I paid around the £4 mark for the pair of slippers which I thought was excellent value.
The first thing that attracted me to this particular pair of slippers was the funky-looking print and design of the fabric. The colours were quite attractive, and the print was similar to that of an animal 'skin', in colours of light tan and dark brown. The material of the printed slippers has a soft feeling to it and is similar to that of a dressing-gown. It is by no means a luxury-feeling fabric, but for the low price paid, I wouldn't have expected it to be!
The slippers have no 'back' to them as such, and they are a 'slip-on' design, also known as a mule. This means that they are convenient and quick to put on and this is beneficial for occasions where time is in short supply, such as when the doorbell rings unexpectedly or when nicking outside for just a minute or two, to hang up washing or take the bins out, for example. The slippers have a fairly rounded toe shape and design and this allows for plenty of room inside the slippers for my tootsies! Slippers are of course supposed to be highly comfortable in my opinion and I personally don't like anything too restricting.
There is a small downside to the 'flip-flop' design of these slippers though, and that is that if I happen to be in even a slight rush, I have found it is easy to walk out of the slippers quite easily, which is obviously rather irritating, but is a small niggle I have found with every slipper or shoe in this style, and is not a unique trait of this particular slipper to be fair.
The sole of the George animal print slippers is neither particularly sturdy or robust, but in comparison to several similar pairs of slippers I have had in the past, the soles on these slippers fares slightly better in terms of the thickness of the sole being thick enough to allow for ample support for my feet, although it is fair to say that it is not overly padded or thick. The underside of the sole has a little bit of ridged detail on it, which allows the slippers to grip flooring. I personally would exercise a little caution when walking with ANY 'slip-on' style of slipper on wooden or laminate flooring, but as my house has carpeting in most of the rooms, the soles on these little slippers didn't pose any problems for me.
The slippers have no label on the inside to inform me whether they are suitable for washing. There may have been such information on a sticky label or something when I bought them, but this has long been discarded (if it even existed) and the instructions ignored. However, I have washed the slippers in the machine on a low-ish temperature a small handful of times, and have found that they have withstood this fairly well, although after the third or fourth wash in the machine I did notice a little wear and tear to one of the soles. This point wouldn't make me deduct any stars from the overall score of the slippers though, as in relation to the low price of the slippers, I think it would be quite unfair of me to do so. I had no problems with shrinking or fraying of the fabric, which was a pleasant surprise, particularly as this is a significant fault I have found with several other pairs of slippers that I have owned.
The slippers are not the most comfortable that I have ever owned, but to be honest this is probably down to the actual style of them, rather than any design flaw. I personally prefer a soft-soled and full-shoe style of slipper for indoor use, and knew this when I bought the George animal print mules, so this is down to my own personal choice, rather than a particular flaw or fault with the animal print mules.
The slippers are available in three sizes, small, medium and large, and cost around the £4 mark from the George clothing range within Asda supermarkets nationwide.
Overall, I would highly recommend the George animal print slippers, and the comfort and overall quality of the Asda George slippers would make me buy a similar pair from the collection in the future. I think they are great value slippers and would make a lovely gift... worth bearing in mind with Mother's Day approaching, perhaps?
These slippers are cheap and cheerful, there's no other way to describe them. When I bought them they were about three quid in Asda, I could tell straight away that they weren't going to last too long but thought they'd be good for taking into the hospital when I went in to have the baby. MRSA concerned, as I am, I thought that for that price I could bin them on the way out and leave the germs in the hospital. Where they belong...
They're the kind of slippers you could fold in half if you needed to, they have a very thin and flimsy sole and no part of the slipper has any real shaping to it. The material is a soft terry towelling, both inner and outer. This gives the slippers a spa feel and therefore makes them feel much more luxurious than they really are, they don't feel particularly cosy but have a slightly cooling feel which I think would be quite refreshing in the summer. The whole slipper is very lightweight, which is just right sometimes but personally I prefer a fluffier style to keep my feet warm!
The print is basic but just right, mine are the (kinda) giraffe print you can see above but if I remember right there was also a zebra design and maybe others. I like these because the neutral colours mean they look like slippers (rather than uber casual shoes) and go nicely with any one of a number of pairs of pyjamas and dressing gowns I own. The zebra ones were definitely cool, but not teamed with a pale-pink-with-hearts dressing gown.
These slippers are comfier than they look, and that's the most important things when it comes to choosing a pair of slippers. The sole is thin, but the material used to make the slippers means they cushion my feet nicely. Let's face it, not many people will be going hiking in their slippers so I'll just say they're excellent for what they're designed for. Walking around the house. I actually ended up with two pairs as I liked the pair I bought for the hospital so much that next time I went into Asda I bought a second pair for home. A great thing about them is the fact that the sole has a textured surface which grips the floor well, we have laminate flooring which can be quite treacherous when it's wet but I feel confident I'm not going to skid across the room while I'm wearing these slippers.
As I have mentioned, there is very little shaping to these slippers and really just enough to let you know whether it's the left or right slipper. They fit surprisingly well on my feet despite this and are snug enough that they're not flapping up and down with each step, something which irritates me in other slippers I own. The soft feel of the slippers means they cushion my foot nicely and even though they were so cheap they have held their shape extremely well.
The label has rubbed off my slippers now, but I remember they were sold in small, medium and large rather than actual numerical sizes. I bought the smallest and they fit my size four - five feet perfectly, but I looked at the large as I wondered if Mark's mum would like a pair (she gets through slippers at a ridiculous pace) and they didn't look much bigger so I knew she wouldn't get her whopping size sevens into them!
The pair I am wearing at home still look brand new, unfortunately the ones I took into the hospital didn't fare so well and went soggy and horrible after I popped outside for some fresh air after depositing baby on the ward. Well, I did walk out in the snow in them so I suppose I must take some of the blame myself for ruining the flimsy sole!