THE GUIDE

OUR LASTS

  • The 'P' last is a round toe shape, ‘E’ width fitting with size options from size 5 - 12 (UK) with half sizes plus additional 13 & 14 if required.
  • The ‘K’ Last is a more slender almond toe shape, C width fitting and available from size 2-12 (UK) with all half sizes.

The 'P' Last

The 'K' Last

GLOSSARY

The Albert Slipper

Named after Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, who famously commissioned them to wear inside their many royal residences – thus the Albert slipper was born!

Traditionally a house shoe, the velvet slipper gained popularity in the mid 1800s and soon became fashionable to wear at parties or with evening attire most notably with decadent smoking jackets, paired with velvet smoking slippers.

Today they are loved by men and women alike, with all styles unisex and available to order on two different last shapes.

House shoes keep your feet cosy at home, whilst protecting carpets and rugs. Velvet slippers make for the perfect alternative to black tie or formal occasions, adding some light hearted fun or decadence with embroidered slippers for party wear and celebrations. Now with the introduction of the Street Slipper ® you can opt to have any of our velvet slippers with a rubber sole, making them perfect to wear all day and night!

The Venetian Slipper

Our pattern cut '1301' is affectionately described as a Venetian slipper. The Venetian has a contemporary mid-height round tongue, contrasting the Albert slippers' square tongue. The name pays homage to the flamboyant masquerade balls of 16th Century Venice.

The Pump

Popular with women and men alike, our '1602'  pattern cut is a lower cut pump style, exposing more of the foot than the Albert slipper or Venetian option. The pump is mainly featured in our Street Slipper ® collection and can be dressed up or dressed more casually.

GOLD WORK

This dramatic form of embroidery originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago, traveling the long silk road to Europe where it gathered popularity with aristocracy and the social elite.

The name Gold Work refers to the metal wire which was bound in real gold bullion, which is still true today. Gold Work is one of the rarest forms of embroidery, and is famous for how it catches light creating an abstract finish, unachievable with machine embroidery, making it ideal for embroidered slippers.

OUR STYLES

The 7033

Our most popular style is the 7033. A traditional pattern cut with a high square tongue, suitable for both the P and K last. The 7033 has a regal look and feel to the shape, classically suited to velvet uppers, fabric binding and quilt lining. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our signature velvet Albert slippers.

The 1401

Like the iconic 7033, the 1401 is a traditional square tongue, a touch lower in height, ideal for the elongated K last.
Paired with quilt lining and fabric binding for a sophisticated look.
All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our signature velvet Albert slippers.

The 1301

The 1301 is a contemporary mid-height round tongue, playing homage to the flamboyant masquerade balls of 16th Century Venice. Paired with quilt lining and fabric binding for a sophisticated look. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our signature velvet slippers.

The 1602

The 1602 is a lower cut pump style, exposing more of the foot than the Albert slipper or Venetian option. Ideal for a high instep and mainly featured in our Street Slipper ® collection. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our new Street Slippers with rubber soles.

The 2001

The 2001 is one of our most recent styles, designed to launch the exciting new Street Slipper ® collection. Slightly lower in height than the 7033, with a wider opening at the throat to allow for a flat suede or knock-over leather binding, suitable for both the P or K last. Suede uppers, leather lining, ideal for a slipper with a rubber sole that is equally appropriate at home or outside as a day loafer All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our new Street Slippers ® with rubber soles.

The 2002

The 2002 is a contemporary mid-height round tongue, paying homage to the flamboyant masquerade balls of 16th Century Venice.
The 2002 features a wider opening at the throat to allow for a flat suede or knock-over leather binding, suitable for both the P or K last.
With suede uppers and a leather lining, the 2002 is an ideal slipper with a rubber sole, that is equally appropriate at home or outside as a day loafer.
All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our new Street Slippers ® with rubber soles.

The 6862

The 6862 is unlike any other shoe in the Bowhill & Elliott collection. Opera Pumps have been the shoe of choice for evening attire since the Victorian times, and are worn in the most formal occasions and white tie events. Black patent leather with a black fabric bow, paired with a full leather sole and heel, ensuring no damage to polished floors. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our formal black patent Opera Pumps with fabric bow.

The 633

The 633 is a soft soled turn slipper. This technique dates back to the 14th century, making them one of the earliest styles for more refined footwear. The Monk style is ‘closed’ inside out, before being hand ‘turned’, designed to keep all the stitching on the inside, resulting in an invisible seam along the sole. The relaxed nature of the Monk style pairs best with soft Deerskin leather, available in a variety of colour ways. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into soft soled carpet slippers.

The 637

The 637 is a soft soled turn slipper, a construction dating back to the 14th century.
The Monk style is ‘closed’ inside out, before being hand ‘turned’, designed to keep all the stitching on the inside, resulting in an invisible seam at the sole.
The 637 differs from the 633 with extra detailed binding and heel feature, making them best suited to contrast colours and materials like tweed, suede and linens.

The 705N

The 705N is a soft soled turn slipper, a construction dating back to the 14th century. The Grecian style is ‘closed’ inside out, before being hand ‘turned’, designed to keep all the stitching on the inside, resulting in an invisible seam at the sole. Grecians have a lower cut vamp, making them ideal for wide feet or high insteps. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into soft soled carpet slippers.

The 706

The 706 is a soft soled turn slipper, a construction dating back to the 14th century. The Mule style is ‘closed’ inside out, before being hand ‘turned’, designed to keep all the stitching on the inside, resulting in an invisible seam at the sole. Mule slippers are backless, making them ideal for easy at home wear or to pack when traveling as you can just slip your feet in and relax. All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our easy to wear mule slippers.

The 7036

The 7036 is similar to the 705N but constructed more like a shoe with heel counters, toe puffs and hard soles to allow for both indoors and outside wear. Traditionally worn as a house shoe, the Grecian now appeals as a day loafer if paired with a rubber sole from our Street Slipper ® collection.
Grecian slippers have a lower cut vamp, making them ideal for wide feet or high insteps.

The 1801

The 1801 is similar to the 7036 constructed more like a shoe with heel counters, toe puffs and hard soles to allow for both indoors and outside wear. Traditionally worn as a house shoe, the Greacian now appeals as a day loafer if paired with a rubber sole from our Street Slipper collection.
Our latest Grecian slipper style has a higher vamp than traditional Grecian slippers, making them a more contemporary option.
All our patterns are clicked by hand before embarking on their journey around the workshop being handmade into our latest high cut Grecian slippers.

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