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I was bought these slippers for Christmas a couple of years ago by friends as a joke.
I am a big fan of The Simpsons and although I don't make a habit of collecting their merchandise I have found over the years that I have accumulated quite a lot of things! These slippers are just one of them.
The slippers are the face of Homer with his mouth being the part where you put your feet in. At first sight it may not look like a slipper at all but more of a plush soft toy as that is how it is designed! It's bright yllow for his face, with big white boggly eyes and the cream coloured mouth. The underneath of the slipper is black and has little grips on to make it safe to wear.
I think it is a case of one size fits all with this. My feet are size 10 and fit fine. The inside is really well padded, it is like putting your feet inside a soft toy which I suppose this essentially is! I cannot wear these slippers for long as it makes my feet too hot but it is great for when it's a really cold day as it's so warm and well padded it soon warms my feet up when it's cold.
They are a little cumbersome to walk in, there's nothing neat about these and walking up the stairs has been a bit of an issue at times so these are not really my slippers of choice. I wear them if my feet are very cold or if we are having people round and we want to amuse them but they are not very practical really.
They are a good quality novelty item, I think it was 2 years ago when I was bought these and they're still in great condition although I don't wear them regularly.
If you're looking for sensible slippers look elsewhere! If you're looking for fun slippers then these are great!
Let me start this review by saying that these slippers were not bought for me but my husband. He never wore them because he is not really a slipper man and when I managed to rip the back of my favourite La Senza slippers I started wearing these out of desperation as my feet were cold and I had nothing else clean. These were a gift to my husband one year from one of his sisters and just because he isn't a slipper man really they've been on the shoe rack for the last 2 years getting basically no use.
These slippers are the head of Homer Simpson. They are oversized novelty slippers with two 'hairs' stitched on the top of Homers head, his familiar 'beard' area which is just a beige/brown colour and his large eyes which don't have any eyebrows or eyelashes and just a black dot for a pupil. When you put your foot in these slippers you are actually putting your foot in Homer's mouth and I just love the novelty of these slippers as well as the warmth of course, particularly on these long, cold, dark nights.
These slippers are very comfortable because they are made with a lovely soft filling which really should be compulsory for slippers shouldn't it! There is a cotton fabric padding to the inside of Homer making him lovely and accommodating and these slippers literally do slip on with ease. The hole to put my feet through is ample so I do not have to squeeze my feet in each slipper and they do not feel restricted or tight in the slipper. There is plenty of movement for my feet if I want to but these slippers stay on with ease and they do not slip down in a dangerous manner that other slippers have done in the past, including the La Senza ones that I managed to rip when I moved on to wearing these. The padding underneath my feet has become a little flat on these slippers but nothing that makes them uncomfortable or unsafe to wear and it is just what I would expect after using them regularly for several months now. They have only gone a little flat so they definitely have lots more use in them yet. The underneath of these slippers is black and has lots of little bobbly bits all over them, as they have done since new, I don't know if this is supposed to be of some benefit to these slippers but it does mean that if I'm not careful and zip around my home I can slide around on the wooden floors so I have to take care when wearing these but then I've found that with lots of slippers in the past so its not really a problem for me.
These slippers are only ideal for the cooler months of the year as during Summer they are a little too thick and you would be better to wear some slipper socks or something else around the house if you need anything at all. These are quite oversized and while I have size 8 feet they are quite wide in general and it can feel a little unusual when you first get used to wearing these, however once they're on your feet for a little while you will soon forget that you've got these on and then make yourself jump with the bright yellowness of these.
These slippers really are ideal for lounging around in. They kept my feet lovely and warm when I wear them and they have been long lasting so far. A pair of these is available for around £16.00 and numerous sizes are available with Amazon selling 6,8 and 10 UK at present. The ones that I have are a size 10 as they were bought for my husband (and I'm now realising that perhaps he doesn't wear them because they are too small for him!) and while I normally wear a 7.5-8 they fit me quite well even though there is a nice amount of room left at the toes. These are simple to slip on and off and they are functional and comfortable. I am rating these 4 out of 5 stars because they are slippery when walking around my home and I know that for some people that would be a very big deal. I would definitely recommend these as a novelty gift this Christmas for any big kids and my husband loved them but he just isn't a slipper man which is probably why he never let me throw them away when having a big clear out of our shoes recently. I wear these from time to time and they are snug and comfortable and keep my feet lovely and warm through the Winter months.
Ok, so the first thing you're probably wondering about this review, is why I am reviewing MEN'S slippers. Well, I think it's odd that these are gender-specific, as ultimately men and women usually both have feet, and although The Simpsons is primarily liked by men, it is conceivable that women might also like the programme. But, rant aside, I'd be lying if I said these slippers were mine! They belong to my husband, he's had them since I've known him (over four years), and due to their impractical nature they have become the household slippers which are used when our usual slippers are in the wash, or for putting the wheelie bin out.
==Amusing, AND they look like they'll keep my feet warm==
In theory, these slippers should be great in winter. The design is such that your feet are completely covered, right up to the ankle, which should keep them nice and warm in the colder months. They are made to look like Homer's head, so the bit where your feet go into are where his mouth should be. As a good representation of Homer, they are bright yellow, with big bulging eyes, and tiny ears sticking out of the sides. Are they realistic? Well lets just say when the cat is annoying me, I put these on and he tends to avoid me for a few hours.....from a cat's eye view, it must be quite unnerving to see Homer's huge face bearing down on you.
==So, remind me why they live under the spare bed again?==
Despite the comfiness and warmth offered by these slippers, the impractical nature of them has unfortunately relegated them to living underneath our spare bed. Unless one of us is in a slipper shortage, they only come out to play when I need cheering up and my husband puts his hand inside one of Homer's heads and tries to make me smile by putting on a really awful Homer impersonation. Oh how those winter evenings fly in the Holland household!
Back to the product in question. The main issue I have with these slippers, is that they are very difficult (some might say impossible) to walk in without resulting in an unforeseen trip to A&E. The size of Homer's head means you're walking round with big stumbling blocks on your feet, and not only will you stumble over anything that gets in your way (tables, chairs), but your own feet will hit each other as you're attempting to walk. As for the stairs, well if you're brave enough to attempt going up the stairs in these, you have my admiration. The front of the slipper bashes each step on the way up, and livens up those winter nights with the adrenalin rush of wondering if you're about to shatter your pelvis during a routine toilet trip.
So, the problem I have with these slippers is that of safety. I did wonder whether it's to do with the
sizing, the fact they are called "mens" slippers perhaps means they are designed for bigger feet than my humble size 6's, however my husband has exactly the same problem with them, and his feet are size 10/11.
The bulkiness of the slippers also means I can't curl up on the sofa, as they just get in the way and make it impossible to get comfortable. I realise this is quite a "girly" thing to do, as men seem capable of sitting with their legs outstretched, but it annoys me that to curl up to watch TV I have to take the slippers off, as this defies the point of wearing the slippers to keep my feet warm.
==But they've lasted, right?==
Although they don't get used very much these days, my husband got a fair bit of use out of these when he first had them, and they are still in good condition. The padding is reasonably thick, so it has held the shape of Homer's head well, and the soles haven't worn down. The soles are quite good as they have little rubber grips on them, and as we have a lot of wooden floors and tiles throughout our house, slipping is one thing we don't have to worry about. In fact, if we lived in a bungalow with no furniture, these slippers would serve their purpose quite well!
==Where can I buy them?==
Despite my criticism of these slippers, they are still a good novelty gift for any Simpsons fans in my opinion. They do keep the feet warm, and are quite handy for popping outside to take the wheelie bin out, if you don't mind the neighbours seeing them. They are comfortable to walk in, but can be a bit dangerous if you're climbing stairs or weaving in and out of furniture, although I guess if I persisted with them I'd probably get used to that.
If you're interested in buying them as a novelty gift for someone you like, or for someone you don't like in the hope you might get to see them fall on their backside in front of everyone on Christmas morning, the RRP is £20 but the cheapest I can find them online is at Stead and Simpson (www.steadandsimpson.com) where they currently sell for £10.
(This review may also appear on Ciao, under the username Gingerkitty)
Firstly, I'd like to protect my dignity and point out that I did not choose these slippers myself. They were in fact a gift, which is possibly a misuse of the word 'gift' since they were more accurately bought as a joke. I had previously not owned a pair of slippers for quite some time and the arrival of these oversized novelty Homer slippers into my life was unexpected. But, never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I duly took it upon myself to wear them especially as it was winter and my feet certainly weren't in a position to turn down warmth.
== Design ==
The slippers are designed in the form of Homer Simpson's head (which is stuffed with cotton wool type padding) - what happened to the rest of him is anyone's guess. Being mostly yellow there's certainly no chance of going unnoticed when wearing them - as I can vouch for upon opening the door to an apprehensive postman. Suffice to say, I now make a habit of removing them before exposing myself in public (that's perhaps not the best phrase to use). However, there is some respite from the bright yellowness of the slippers provided by Homer's brown beard, white eyes and his hair (what little there is of it) which is stitched into the fabric with black thread. The slippers have a lot of character about them with the bulging eyes, protruding nose and ears and the raised-up beard. I think it is a very good representation of Homer Simpson's head and when looking down at your feet it is quite an unnerving sight to see two of them staring straight back up at you!
The foot hole (if there is such a term) is where Homer's mouth would be. When worn, the slippers come up to your ankles so it looks like Homer is eating your foot - a curious design but one which I find amusing. When not being worn, this vacant gap makes for a realistic mouth but because of the cushioned design it looks a bit like he's sucking on a lemon.
== Comfort ==
There is no doubting that these slippers are very comfortable to wear. My feet slip into them very easily and the soft padding that encompasses my feet and ankles makes it easy to forget you're wearing them whilst sitting down. A lot of the padding sits above your feet in Homer's head and the soles are only gently padded which makes them easier to walk with although it does feel a bit like you're walking on sponges. After a while, the under-foot padding flattens out but mine are still very comfortable after wearing them on and off for over a year and a half. I think I could wear them for another year without the comfort waning.
They are also very warm because of this thick padding and are an ideal ally against the British winter. In the summer they are perhaps a bit too warm and can make your feet feel a bit clammy - not a nice feeling. I therefore only bring them out in the cooler months but I never used to wear conventional slippers in the summer anyway.
== Practicality ==
Okay, so whilst the slippers are very comfortable and warm they are certainly not very practical. Walking around in them takes some getting used to and it almost feels like your walking with boxes on your feet to start with. I did get used to walking in them after a while and did occasionally forget I was even wearing them (I refer you back to the incredulous postman).
The bottom soles are made from a synthetic black fabric and have a multitude of small rubber bobbles on them. Unfortunately this is a serious weakness of the slippers and the soles are quite slippery on laminate flooring as well as carpet. I have almost slipped many a time when walking too fast in these slippers but fortunately have so far avoided the calamitous indignity of falling down the stairs - although this is a serious risk so I would advise taking them off before attempting the stairs.
I only wear slippers when I'm at my most inactive which is usually whilst watching TV or when glued to my laptop so the fact that these are difficult to walk in doesn't bother me too much. They are very easy and quick to take off if I'm going up the stairs or answering the door (!) and are equally easy to slip back into when sitting back down. Having said that, they are not impossible to walk in but do remember that your feet will be effectively twice their original size so you may end up kicking the coffee table and the outstretched legs of your fellow residents if you're not too careful (I'd hate to think of the damage a pair or Marge slippers would do!)
== Quality ==
A lot of care has been put into assembling these slippers and the stitching is both neat and concealed. The outer material is a cotton fabric which is hard wearing and has lasted very well without thinning or discolouring with use. The head padding has also held firm and my Homers have not sagged or deformed since they were received and they have stayed very soft. Although the base padding has thinned under repeated use (a common failing of all slippers I have owned) it still forms a sufficiently comfortable barrier against the floor.
The outer soles however, have shown quite a bit of wear and the fabric here has frayed and thinned quite a bit. The plastic bobbles have also worn down due to continued carpet walking making them even slippier than they originally were. Despite this though, no holes have formed and this is the only noticeable wear the slippers have after 18 months.
My pair have also stayed very clean in the time I have owned them and have not gathered any noticeable dirt or grime; surprising considering their yellowness. They are not machine washable but are easy to sponge clean with a damp cloth should you get any light dirt on them.
== Sizing/Price/Availability ==
These slippers can be bought online at shoezone.com for £9.99 with free delivery or from amazon.co.uk for £16.00. They are available in the following sizes:
Small - UK sizes 6/7
Medium - UK sizes 8/9
Large - UK sized 10/11
Mine are size 10 and thankfully were chosen wisely for my size 11 feet. Due to their design there is some give in the slippers so the sizes are fairly flexible. Mine fit my feet quite snugly without being too tight and are easy to put on and off without breaking too much of a sweat. The slippers are liable to become a bit looser over time though as some of the inner stitching becomes stretched. However, this has not made my slippers any less wearable and although they are a bit less snug, they remain very comfortable and stay on my feet firmly - another plaudit for the design.
Although these slippers are entitled 'mens' I do believe that they are unisex and will equally appeal to women, much as the Simpsons TV programme does. I certainly don't see them as being exclusively menswear as there is nothing overltly masculine about them but do bear in mind the limited sizes.
== Summary ==
Overall, these are a very comfortable and fun looking pair of slippers let down slightly by their lack of practicality and slippery outer sole. For keeping your feet warm and comfortable - the main attributes I look for in slippers - these definitely make the grade.
Admittedly they will not appeal to everyone but for Simpsons fans or those who like a novelty (yes, that's me) they will surely arouse some interest. If you're considering a pair of practical slippers then you might want to look elsewhere but if you want something different, fun and above all else - wacky, then these are exactly that. As for the age range, they are not exclusively designed for children and they do come in adult foot sizes making them a great gift or addition for anyone bold enough to wear them...although I would advise removing them before confronting Her Majesty's postal service!
Thanks for reading :)
Homer Simpson, stick you feet in his mouth slippers:
Years and years ago now I went to Florida and the Magic Kingdom and I bought a fantastic pair of Mickey Mouse slippers that were huge, they were nice and warm however they degraded far more quickly than I could raise the money to go back to America to buy another pair (still laster several years). Anyway when they were shot to pieces I was left with the dilemma of what to get to replace them as I couldn't find anything exactly like them in the UK. My search of the net led me to this Homer Simpson slippers where basically you stick your feet into his mouth to shut him up. As a big fan of Futurama and a fan of the Simpsons these did appeal to me.
The slippers are big yellow things with great white eyes and a few strands of hair. These slippers are also huge but again are snugly and warm which is a must with my cold feet and have about the same lifetime as the Mickey Mouse ones (I am on my second pair). To be honest they are a bit clumsy and if you are liable to falling over then I would recommend against getting these. If you are looking for hard wearing, waterproof slippers than will last you trips round the garden then these are now for you, they will tear and rip quite easily from that and the cushioning offers almost no support from that, however my first pair stayed at home after I moved out and the dog has had them as a toy, that was a year ago and the slippers are still suitable for me to wear on my frequent visits for a Sunday roast. They are not only a favourite for the dog but my nephews love them as well, one is only 2 and he is fascinated by them, while the older one who is 11 loves putting these on pretending he is a clown (yes they are that big) and sliding round the room.
I have always thought that these slippers were amazing, they are comfy, they are warm and they normally get a good reception and always got remarks from the postman when I signed for postage then I moved in with my other half and the look I got when these out of my bags was worse than anything else in my collection, still I have persisted in wearing them and I still get the same looks and the same threats that they are going in the bin (I think I know what I am getting for Christmas this year).
Overall I think they are fantastic slippers, it doesn't hurt the cat when you accidentally kick her (this happens a surprising amount with our hyper active cat that's attracted to feet, they get comments and love them or hate them they keep your feet warm, perfect for any Simpsons fan or just those with cold feet.