The Fashion Memo

Why A Backless Slipper Is This Season’s Go-To Shoe

From top: JW Anderson; Isabel Marant; Khaite

Sock up and slip on: this easy-wearing loafer channels at-home comfort on the streets – and beyond


A winter boot has long been considered a rite of passage for cold-weather days. But in 2022, there’s a new style coming in hot on its heels as the must-wear silhouette of the season. Enter the backless slipper: a super-chic and supremely comfortable slip-on style that is as easily worn at home with sweats as on the city pavements with cropped tailored pants – the backless slipper is a hybrid shoe for our hybrid way of life.

Thought slip-on shoes were just for summer? Think again. After all, with dark mornings and a lingering chill in the air, there’s never been a better time to shun laces – getting a few more moments in bed is an everyday trend we can get on board with.

And few make the case for a winter slide quite like cult label JW Anderson: the brand’s fuzzy shearling-lined slippers are crafted from cozy wool, which brings a knitwear-like tactility to the everyday – stepping out in them feels much like an enveloping hug. Yet while they epitomize slumber in essence, the penny-loafer leather tab firmly takes them out of the domestic realm – pair with cashmere socks (yet another accessories hit of the season) and louche tailored woolen pants for days spent on the move.

In the market for something a little more office-ready? New York-based brand Khaite’s backless slippers are just the ticket. Chunky in silhouette, their sculptural toe and oversized buckle are as cool as they are comfortable. Style them with crisp blazers and poplin shirts; come spring, they’ll have as much wardrobe mileage when worn with cropped denims and lightweight layers.

Meanwhile, Isabel Marant’s buttery-suede iterations are a fail-safe choice for understated polish – their refined silhouette and eyelet-stud detail make them an easy pairing for off-duty denims in neutral tones. From work to weekend, there’s a backless loafer for every occasion. Simply slip on and go – with a cushioned spring in your step.



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