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Homer, I do believe you're trying to kill me!
The Simpsons Men's Homer Head Novelty Slipper
Member Name: Holland1
The Simpsons Men's Homer Head Novelty Slipper
Advantages: Comfortable, keep feet warm, hold shape well, good novelty gift, good grip on base
Disadvantages: Bulky, difficult to walk in, trip you up the stairs
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)
Summary: Wear with caution!
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