I have a bit of a conundrum: I am wanting a pair of babouches, but am torn between two brands. I love the minimalist aesthetic of babouches, which are traditional Moroccan slippers. Clean lines, simple colours, comfort & versatility are my requirements for everything in my wardrobe, and both these check the boxes. (ps. the image above is from Everlane’s instagram).
Atelier St. George is a shop out of Vancouver that carries slippers from Twenty One Tonnes, who imports the traditional slippers from Morocco. They are entirely made of leather with a soft bottom, and so won’t work outdoors in a couple of months. However, they are also reasonably priced & exquisitely simple.
Everlane makes a more modern pair. The Babo has a solid heel, & the leather backing can be worn down like a babouche or up like a loafer. While they are ethically produced, they are also more of an investment, especially since the company is American. I’m also afraid of purchasing either & not loving them once they get here – Everlane has a great return policy, but Atelier St. George will not accept returns on this product.
A new pair of shoes is on my approved buying list for our year of no spending, which I’ll explain next week. So, I have to choose one: the traditional & less expensive, or costly modern versatility? Which would you choose? Do you have a favourite place to buy these shoes (other than going to Morocco myself, which believe me, I’ve considered)?