• Del Toro Slippers

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    It’s 1:44am and Matthew Chevellard is texting me. He is out at a Miami club with his fellow boarding school classmate Joakim Noah, presumably celebrating in velvet Prince Albert slippers. We are resuming an interview cut short earlier that day when duty called. A groom had ordered 20 pairs of lobster embroidered slippers as gifts for his groomsmen. At the news they might not make it to Maine in time for the wedding, Chevellard contemplates intercepting them in Ohio so he can hand deliver them himself. It is now 2:27am and I am waiting on a response. Perhaps his phone is dead...or in a Miami cab.

    The year is 2005. Matthew Chevellard is graduating from boarding school. While most kids are slipping class rings on their fingers, Chevellard wants to slip Prince Alberts onto his feet. Unfortunately, the school-crest embroidered pair are upwards of $900. With a couple of childhood friends, he does what any teenager would do—sets out to get what he wants his own way. And so Del Toro is born.

    Navy Classic Velvet Slipper

    Traditionally included in black tie, Prince Albert slippers were originally considered acceptable only for wear at home, hence their quilted lining. Del Toro approaches the Prince Albert as an everyday shoe in lieu of a black tie slipper. Chevellard brings the vamp up higher like a loafer, and employs a leather lining more capable of accommodating longer periods of wear. As much as he found himself in slippers running around south Florida, he burned through (sans socks) the quilted linings once a month. Although quilted linings appear more luxurious, they do not hold up. He immediately switched to leather.

    Del Toro’s shoes are made just outside of Madrid, Spain. Custom embroidered orders run about 45 days and are stitched in south Florida after crossing the pond. At $165-$185 a pair, they are almost five times less expensive than other brands' bespoke Spanish offerings. Not only does Del Toro offer an array of designs and monogram configurations, they have a complete line for women. Order a half size up and you too can start pairing yours with black tie, jeans and everything in between.

    My iPhone dings at 2:46am. It is a text from Chevellard.

    Jul 23, 2010 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    daniel_drennen2@yahoo.com left a comment on 2/25/2012 at 8:10 AM:

    want to buy

    James W Grace left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 9:49 PM:

    Do the monogrammed slippers go well with jeans too?

    matthew chevallard left a comment on 7/28/2010 at 11:46 AM:

    in regards to the season, for those who do adhere to conventions then the linen slippers are available as an alternative.  However, one who wears velvet slippers usually is going for assertiveness and comfort in their style not concerned with the status quo or what others think of them.

    for any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me…Also feel free to call and ask for a discount for loyal readers of this blog!

    Michael Hallett left a comment on 7/26/2010 at 7:59 PM:

    I have a pair of the skull and bones in black and am waiting on a pair of the navy customized pair with my initials. Great slippers and brilliant service.

    Cardion left a comment on 7/24/2010 at 5:48 PM:

    I ordered a pair of the skull and bones from their website about 4 months ago, and I love them! Sometimes they’ll have additional sizes of particular brands in stock; thus, you would not have to wait the 45 days.

    Julia R. left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 12:23 PM:

    These are similar to Belgian loafers.

    Love them!

    robdarko left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 11:41 AM:

    Hmmm, this is too dandy for me but I appreciate their beauty. 

    @Laguna – My initials are RL… a blessing and a curse.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 11:29 AM:

    I mean, maybe is not that it’s “perfect” but this shoes are indeed a geat alternative.

    The Boss left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 11:01 AM:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for velvet slippers, but I’ve never pulled the trigger—for a variety of reasons, of course. I’ll have to look further into this brand. Quite intriguing.

    Christian Bourasseau—I issue a personal challenge to you: find other adjectives other than “perfect” to describe your sentiments. Use a thesaurus if you have to.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 10:28 AM:

    Awesome shoes, great prices, the perfect alternative!

    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 8:43 AM:

    Many thanks for the reminder. These look wonderful. I intended to get a pair embroidered with ‘AC’ on the vamp. Just the thing to wear while stepping outside the retrieve the morning FT.

    pat s left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 8:09 AM:

    awesome shoes, but there is no way the can live up to walking on the street in New York.