Nothing makes me feel more confident or put together than a great pair of heels but some days donning a pair of heels just isn’t appealing. Ballet flats are a staple in my wardrobe but they get boring fast. Luckily, the fall runways have brought a new crop of sole-friendly shoes to give your faithful flats a break. The classic smoking slipper has been reinvented to fit a more polished look, see how to wear it after the jump.

I admit, the first time I saw the smoking slipper on the runway I made a banana face to myself, (explanation: I dislike everything banana and I have a face that illustrates this-or so I’m told) and wondered why anyone would want to wear something so old. The more and more I saw smoking slippers the more they intrigued me and I found myself skimming through lookbooks and blogs, garnering ideas on how to wear them. I realized I wanted a pair, or three.

Kelly Wearstler, Mia, Tahari by Arthur S. Levine
Sleeveless Tops


If you are going to wear smoking slippers to the office keep the rest of your outfit clean, sharp, and modern. Smoking slippers can come off slightly dated and dowdy so balance it with clean architectural pieces such as a fitted blazer and ankle cropped pants. Look for rich colors like burgundy, forest green, and eggplant or a classic leopard animal print.

Antonio Melani, Spanx, J.Crew, Express
Longsleeve Tops


These can be worn with skirts or pants, as illustrated above. My personal favorite is pairing ankle cropped pants and a structured blazer. I would keep the slipper itself simple but strong, staying away from too many embellishments. Tassels and embroidaary can come off a bit too Hugh Hefner. See below for some of my favorite pairs.

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  1. Is it possible to be smoking while wearing smoking slippers that are figuratively smoking hot?

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