Paul needs new slippers. Oh, I know, this is kind of a boring topic. BUT: it is surprisingly complicated to buy slippers for someone who really WEARS SLIPPERS. My own, which get worn in the hospital when I’m in the maternity ward, needed to meet the following requirements:
Paul is a foot-scuffer (it is one of those small things that within the confines of marriage becomes surprisingly annoying), and he wears his slippers from late fall until mid-spring, and he keeps going OUTSIDE in them. So his need to meet the following requirements:
1. Shoe-like sole
2. Very warm
3. Not too old-mannish
4. Not one million dollars, because they’ll need to be replaced soon
5. Scuffing sound should not be too abrasive
His old slippers have lasted longer than I would have expected. They’re similar to these:
Sierra Designs Down Bootie (photo from Amazon.com). They were more expensive than I’d thought it was possible for slippers to be (OH NAIVETY), about $50. The blue ones are at $40 right now with Prime shipping, so I’m tempted to just buy them—but the reviews are not great, and I’m not sure what size to get him because some of the reviewers complain about them running small.
I asked on Twitter for advice, and omg_youguys recommended L.B. Evans Klondike (photo from Amazon.com). I like the look of them: handsome and sturdy.
Jonniker, lovemykitties17, SaraBellePlaine, jeninmich, tooptumber, and bringatweet recommended L.L. Bean Wicked Good slippers. I think Paul would like the ankle-covering style (photo from LLBean.com). I wish they had half-sizes: Paul is between sizes, but he’s like “and a quarter” instead of “and a half,” so ordering up is often too large. I’d get him the high-loft loungers except for all the reviews saying people couldn’t even get their feet into the tops. Do you suppose that’s a user failure (i.e., not knowing how to work the pull-cord), or a design problem? Seems like a pretty huge design problem, if it is.
Am_doingmybest recommended Lands’ End Fleece Clog Slippers. I think Paul would want something with more ankle, maybe the Shearling Ankle Slippers (photo from LandsEnd.com). Yikes, almost three times the price of the clogs.
Or the Nylon Quilt Bootie Slippers (photo from LandsEnd.com) are most similar to what he’s used to.
Kailenx recommended the Old Friend Moccasin. I looked for something with more ankle and found the Old Friend Bootie (photo from Amazon.com). That does look cozy.
Acorn Varsity Slipper (photo from Amazon.com). I was considering these until they doubled in price. I’ve still got them in my cart, in case they go back down. I’m not sure they’re warm/ankley enough anyway.
Acorn Polar Moc (photo from Amazon.com). These are on sale, but again I’m not sure they’re warm/ankley enough—especially since one reviewer mentioned they were perfect for year-round use. If they’d work in summer, I don’t think they’re warm enough for winter.