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Sippers are generally that fail-safe present that gets given at Christmas as they're unlikely to offend and show that you've given a little bit of (albeit 'safe') thought to the gift-giving matter. As I've grown older I've come to appreciate slippers more than I did in my younger days when I wouldn't be seen dead wearing a pair and preferred to walk around with nothing on my feet. These days it's nice to slip off my outside shoes and put my feet into something warm and comfortable and even though this may make me sound like an old fogey I'm definitely not as young as I once was and can appreciate the comfort a good pair of slippers can provide.
The slippers under review here, John Rocha's 'designer' pair from Debenhams were actually bought by me prior to Christmas, I spotted an offer online and took advantage of a better-than-half-price deal which saw me paying just over £10 for these as opposed to their full price of £25.00 and even though I ran the risk of getting another pair as a present it was a risk I was willing to take. As the picture shows they're tan in colour, a little too close to being the type of slipper you'd expect a granny to wear if I'm being brutally honest (boot slippers always have a grandparent connotation in my mind...but that's probably just me) and form part of the 'designers and Debenhams range'. I bought them simply because they were on offer and, more importantly, I desperately needed a new pair as my previous ones had started to get holes in them so fancying the thought of something new to wear I managed to see past their 'old looking' design and parted with my cash.
They're lined with a thick, sumptuous faux fur which is, unsurprisingly, soft to the touch and are extremely snuggly against the skin of my feet and even though I would usually go for Mule type slippers for ease of slipping on and off these are just as easy to wear once they've had a little time to bed in. The stitching joining the uppers to the lowers is tight and very well finished off and the sole of the slipper has ridges which presumably are there to stop you from slipping and sliding around. The sole is definitely robust to wear outside in dry conditions I would say so a quick trip to the bin wouldn't be out of the question and even though they are a closed-in slipper I find that they keep my feet warm rather than ending up being too hot to be comfortable. After a few days the interior fur does start to flatten down a bit so they do end up moulding round the contours of your feet and toes and above all else they are extremely comfortable to wear.
I was surprised at how lightweight the slippers actually are in real life, they looked quite heavy in the pictures online and I expected them to be more boot-like in weight, in actual fact the slippers are very light to wear without compromising on their overall quality and even though I do think they would be expensive at full price for what they actually are I have grown very fond of mine since starting to wear them. I'm still not overly keen on the boot-design but thankfully they don't have the side zippers that you might find on other boot slippers that the older generation seem to favour and whilst I'd never think of them as looking particularly stylish I definitely could see them being appealing to other people.
I would suggest buying a size bigger than you normally are in footwear simply because of the fur interior, I'm usually a size 10 in shoes and slippers but bought a pair of 11's and they fit fine without being too tight. My toes sit at the front of the slippers as they should without feeling cramped and even though I have quite wide feet (even though I don't need to wear wide-fitting shoes) I haven't experienced any pinching either at the top or sides.
Overall I do think the slippers are very well made, the sole in particular seems to be very robust and strong and the fur is of excellent quality. For just over a tenner I think they've made a great buy and I imagine that they will last me for a good 9 - 12 months before they start feeling a bit battered and bruised. It's a great time now to buy a new pair of slippers with the sales just starting and if these are available either online or instore at Debenhams at a reduced price then I'd definitely recommend that you pick up a pair as they are a very well made slipper that offers a lot of comfort and warmth.
4 stars as a rating from me, the design of them still wouldn't be my first choice but that's just down to personal opinion, I can't fault how well they are made or how comfortable they feel so it's the thumbs up from me. Thanks for reading my review.