In partnership with: Crockett & Jones
e quiet for a moment. Can you hear it? That familiar thud of thick envelopes bearing exciting invitations hitting the doorstep. It’s been a while since you’ve heard that sound, isn’t it? But no, you’re not imagining things. The winter party season is officially back - which means it’s time to get your wardrobe in order.
Whether you’re treating your family to a night at the ballet, hosting your own black tie dinner party or reuniting with work colleagues you haven’t seen in months, Crockett & Jones’ new Cocktail Collection has the shoes you need. Offering sleek, smart slipper-style designs for both men and women, each pair features the brand’s famed quality construction and fine craftsmanship in a range of materials ideal for pairing with everything from a full tux to your favourite chinos.
Take, for example, these chic His & Hers Black Watch tartan slippers. Based on the classic Albert style for men and with a slender pump profile and additional suede tassel for women, the use of this instantly recognisable tartan is both festive and serves to make the shoes easy to dress up or down. Plus, with a quilted satin lining on the men’s style and a soft leather on the women’s, they’re perfect for an evening spent criss-crossing town from party to party. Style notes for both sexes: wear yours with seasonal block colours (black, grey, navy and green are all good choices).
Looking for something a little more traditional? Nothing says Christmas quite like velvet and this year Crockett & Jones is adding a stylish forest green colourway to its popular Albert velvet slipper. While also available in black, navy and burgundy, we're of the opinion that dark green, thanks to its associations with pine trees and holly wreaths, is easily the best choice for the festive season. Finished with a bold blue satin quilted lining and durable leather sole, there’s nothing better to wear to an event that calls for a full tuxedo.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Kensington slipper. One for those who prefer to keep their party looks strikingly minimalist, this black patent leather style is again based on the Albert design but does away with all the bells and whistles to allow the elegant simplicity of the shoe to speak for itself. Polished to a high shine, glide through any event as your shoes reflect the twinkling Christmas lights above.
So now you’re suitably shod, which way was the dance floor again?