Footwear is feeling a little bipolar lately. The extreme wedge is as covetable as the flat sandal, the embellished bootie as popular as the classic pump. And emerging as a must-buy for fall (so says WWD Footwear News): the smoking slipper, in variations both basic and bejeweled. It comes with fashion’s return to the leisure class, and thanks to the industry’s obsession with androgyny, ladies are wearing the footwear once reserved for cigar-puffing, scotch-swilling men in velvet jackets.
Sam Edelman offers haircalf variations that feel both decadent and practical, as well as a houndstooth version that’s funky, yet appropriately preppy. Steven by Steve Madden got in the game with leopard print—best worn with a white Equipment button-down and cuffed J Brand skinny jeans. And keep an eye out for Charles Philip, coming soon to Shopbop. He gives the classic silhouette a playful twist, using fun prints and unique fabrics.