The current ubiquity of velvet slippers, as many designers now include versions in their collections, doesn’t prevent them from being as covetable and wearable as ever. But made to order, with your own choice of materials and motifs, they are even more desirable. And Penelope Chilvers’ Dandy slipper service (from £348, with six to eight weeks for delivery) offers a veritable candy store of custom styles.
Despite originally offering the service online, Chilvers believes it’s an experience best delivered in store. “Nothing compares to being able to pick all the materials from our swatches and trying on the shoes to check your size before committing.”
Customers at the Mayfair store can now choose from 15 cotton velvets, 17 suedes and 56 shades of grosgrain trim. There are also 13 coloured goatskin linings, which, says Chilvers, customers love. “It’s that touch of hidden flamboyance – a symbol of good luck in blue for a bride, or simply your favourite colour inside your shoe, which gives so much pleasure.”
The final detail is a gold, silver and neon motif and the range is constantly updated – this summer a new set of motifs will include a whippet, a horse, a lobster and an oak tree sprig. Monograms can also be added in what Chilvers describes as an “ancient, extravagant font” that is exclusive to the store.