For my summer holidays this year I’ll be packing a pair of Turkish slippers. That’s if they’re not on my feet, as these sleek and simple shoes are supremely comfortable – and still stylish enough to wear almost anywhere. I’ve been partnering my pale-pink pair (it’s a shade called Roatan Rose) with billowing dresses, but also wearing them to work with tailored navy trousers and a crisp white shirt.
My understated flats are made entirely by hand in Turkey (the initials of the chief craftsman are printed inside each pair) under the direction of a New York-based brand called Sabah, founded by entrepreneur Mickey Ashmore. While working in Istanbul for Microsoft, Ashmore was given a pair of traditional leather shoes that he wore until they fell apart. He went on to commission a new pair, to his own design, from a factory that had been making these Turkish slippers for over a century in Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border. When countless friends admired his footwear, Sabah – which means morning in Turkish – was born.
The single unisex style (£185) comes in a wide range of colours, from the gorgeous deep chestnut Talavera Brown to Crayola brights such as cobalt blue, hot pink and and an intense orange. There are also seasonal limited editions (£200), including a zingy leopard-print calf-hair version. All have a stitched-on rubber sole (which can be replaced) and use fine leathers that will develop a wonderful patina over time and mould to your feet. And the latest step from this fast-growing brand: a breezy new boutique on London’s buzzy Chiltern Street.