Fall 2012 shoe trends: the smoking shoe

Fall 2012 is rolling into stores as we speak and one of the biggest and newest trends in shoes for fall is the smoking shoe. An offshoot of the continuing menswear trend, the smoking shoe is a flat shoe based on a man’s smoking slipper. The women’s version is being shown in the same silhouette and with many of the same materials as the men’s version with the exception of an outdoor sole underneath.

Smoking slippers are being shown in many fabrications for the fall season. Suede and velvet are proving to be the most common fabrications, although there are exotic, leather and fabric versions on the market to suit anyone’s taste.

The top of the smoking slipper, in general, may offer an embroidered emblem or design which adds to the richness and allure of the leisure time style. Although not dominant on the runway at all, the smoking slipper is a favorite of store buyers for the fall season and is taking store shelves by storm. The style is an interesting alternative to the delicate ballet flat and may take the place of the feminine style for the fall season as the menswear trend gains momentum this cool weather season.

Smoking slippers are a casual shoe style which can be worn mainly with jeans and pants; although more daring Fashionistas may style the smoking slipper with skirts. Since the smoking slipper is decidedly masculine, its’ natural look is with more masculine ensembles.

We found a few smoking slippers from around the web and assembled them into the Polyvore set below in order to help inspire your smoking shoe shopping for the fall season. Hope you love it!