“ Brand: Marks & Spencer „
My husband bought me these slippers for my birthday in July not the most romantic of gifts I know but a highly practical one as my previous slippers were looking tatty and were developing their own life system from the smell of stale sweat.
Continuing his practical theme with this present he selected the black colour as this was likely to get grubby than the beige or pink coloured ones that the slippers also come in.
The slippers have a soft black suede upper that has a nice pink bow detail over it. The insole for the slipper is a pink and black in colour and made from a soft material. The slipper is a mule style shoe with a round toe. The sole of the slipper is made from a rubbery plastic type of material with a small amount of grip on it. I think the floral in the name of these slippers must come form the inside detail of the slipper as it has an almost vine like pattern on it.
Now all joking about naff presents aside I was quite taken with these slippers as I prefer a mule style slipper as I can kick them off when sat down and slip them back on easily when getting back up. They fit my feet very comfortably cross the bridge of the mule and have never felt too tight or too loose. The soles of the slippers have also felt nice and soft to wear and I have found the fact that they are a mule style slipper has meant my feet haven't got too warm wearing them which I find happens with moccasin style slippers.
I like the fact the soles are a rubbery plastic material as this means if I am popping out to the bin or the garage with some recycling I don't have to worry about them getting damaged in some way. Equally the fact that they have grippy soles means they are good for me to wear in the bathroom and kitchen where there can be watery spills without the worry of falling.
I think the bow detail lifts these slippers and makes them look a bit more feminine as with out them they would look a bit unisex really.
My own gripe really with the slippers relates to the inner part of the slipper and whilst these were initially very comfortable to wear and to an extent remain so, I have noticed that the inner part is starting too look a bit tatty and frayed with some bits of foam coming loose and poking out around the toe and heel area on the inside. Given the cost of these slippers £15 I would expect them to hold up a bit longer than the 3 and half months that I have been wearing them. I have had slippers from Marks and Spencer's in the past for both my husband and I and this is the first time this sort of wearing has happened. It is odd really as the outer parts of the slipper still look as good as new and the plastic of the soles shows no real signs of wear and tear or cracking. Now I am not sure if I have just had a dodgy pair of if this is a common fault with these slippers, but because of the fraying and wearing through there has been I think my Santa list is going to need another pair of slippers put on it. Overall I would recommend these slippers though and hopefully the pair you buy will have a more robust inner part than mine did.
Quite stereotypically I was bought these slippers by my great aunt one christmas. They are fifteen pounds from marks and spencers. I probably wouldn't have spent that much on slippers myself, so it was nice to recieve them as a gift. They come in a coupld of colours, but mine are stone coloured (very light beige) all over including the bow.
The slippers are half/front foot slippers. They are slip on and leave the heel bare. The front is very rounded with no detailing on except for one very small bow. Due to the shape of the slipper and being quite rigid they would not look feminine if it wasn't for this bow, so it is much needed.
The sole of the slipper is very thick and has extra support under the arch, very good for preserving your foot shape as you get older. The inside of the slipper is warm and soft, but it isn't luxuriously over the top like some of the other slippers I have bought whereby they are filled with the softest fluffiest lining around.
The slippers are really hardy and stay in good condition for a good few seasons of wear. I would definitely say they are more practical than fashionable, but I do think that was the market they were aimed at.
I have one downside with these slippers, and it is not specific to these exact slippers, but the half slipper style in general. That is that they aren't the most secure slippers to keep on your feet and walk safely in. I was rushing up the stairs in these slippers (probably my fault for rushing though) and one ended up coming lose and I split everything I was carrying. It was a disasterous time. Since then these have been pushed to the back of the cupboard and I have stuck to my ballet shoe type slippers. I feel a bit better in myself for wearing more dainty slippers too!
Sadly, a couple of months ago I came to the conclusion that my old well worn and much loved slippers that I had virtually lived in over the winter months had to go! They were so tatty, thread bare and well worn that they had to go in the bin and I had to go down to my local Marks and Spencer in search of a replacement. After trying on a few different styles I eventually settled on a pair of secret support floral bow mule slippers for the price of £15. This was slightly more than some of the other slippers but they did look so very warm and comfortable which is just what I wanted!
The slippers are made out of suede and come in three main colours - black, beige and pink. Each of these has a floral print lining which matches the decorative bow on the actual slipper. They are slip on in style with a covered toe. They are also described as 'secret support' which I believe makes them better for your feet and your comfort. Mine are certainly very comfortable.
I have been wearing my slippers for a couple of months now, having worn them virtually every day, I couldn't be more pleased. They are so incredibly comfortable which has been very important for me lately as I have lost a toenail. The comfort and the protection that the closed in toe has provided have been brilliant especially when either of my daughters have accidentally trodden on my toe (ouch!) I also should say that as they are such a snug fit they are not likely to slip off like some slippers do. They are also very warm and snug, and if I had any reservations they would be that the slippers are perhaps a little too warm. That is great for the cold winter months but I think that they might start to make my feet sweat a bit too much as the evenings become warmer.
I have read a couple of reviews on the M and S website where customers have been complaining about the insole wearing away too quickly, but I cannot say that I have noticed any wear at all and I have virtually worn them every day
I wanted to buy the black slippers but could not find them in my size so I opted for the beige colour. I don't think this is the best choice of colour as they do seem to get dirty very quickly especially as I wear them when I am doing things like cooking. I looked at the description on the website to see if there was any indication as to whether I could wash them in my washing machine. There wasn't any advice so I decided to go ahead and wash them anyway and they cleaned up very well and luckily did not fall apart in the washing machine. They do take quite a long time to dry though as they are so well padded.
One other piece of advice, which is particularly relevant if you are buying through the internet site, is that the sizes seem to come up quite small. I am usually a size 5 but after trying them on I went for a size 6 as that seemed the much better fit. Sizes do go up to size 8 though so there is a bit of leeway for most women.
Overall I am very pleased with these slippers as they are stylish, warm and very comfortable, After two months of wear they are still in very good condition but as they are so warm I might just take a break from them over the summer and return to them in about September! For £15 they are good value and I am very glad that I bought them.