Around the beginning of the year, the City Slipper, a handmade shoe by the company that blossomed out of one man’s yearning for a life outside of corporate law, hit the market and yours truly was there to follow its trajectory from Kickstarter campaign to fully realized product. The man, Michael Paratore, and his company, mohinders, was on a roll to be sure.
Driven by Paratore’s infectious enthusiasm, the City Slipper has evolved pretty dramatically over its short life without losing any of its charm or unique and rustic style. It still features an upper constructed of hand-woven heirloom-tanned water buffalo leather using a process that is Chromium-free by a micro-credit funded cooperative based in a region where generations of craftspeople have been making leather shoes for the last 800 years. What’s different, is now the shoe features some creature comforts that our tender American feet really appreciate. On the inside, the City Slipper now features a padded footbed where before the foot was in direct contact with the top of the compressed leather sole. On the outside of that compressed leather, which used to act as inner-, mid- and outsole, is now three layers of grippy natural crepe rubber.
These two small tweaks make a huge difference. The padded footbed helps keep the City Slipper from slipping off by giving the toes a little something to sink into when walking. The three layers of crepe under the City Slipper keep you from slipping around on smooth or polished surfaces. The combination of the two create just enough cushion to make the second generation of the City Slipper considerably more comfortable than the first.
As mentioned back in January, these shoes work best with skin-to-skin contact. Like any open-back shoe, it takes a little practice to keep them on. Going sockless helps with this. Once you sort out how to keep them on, you’ll find yourself reaching for them more and more.
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**Full disclosure: These shoes were provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be silly.