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The 'Winston' - The Slipper Proposition: Before and After
on 6 October 2011
I needed a pair of slippers for a couple of days in hospital. My poor old M&S corduroy ones had'nt done well, footbed decomposing, 'heelbox' colasped, and the uppers parting company where it met the moulded sole. In hospitial my corduroys would be looked down on in more ways than one.
The 'Famous Wiston' gave me most of the things I was looking for, price, look, ruggedness. Downsides, were that they wore warmer than my corduroys (does'nt breathe as well, but not sweaty)and the footbed is a bit flat, basic at at times can be difficult to slide your foot in because of the courseness of the bedding fabric.
The 'Famous Wiston' looks good. I have the black and grey livery and the contrast between the two colours is more suttle than in the photograph. I found that I was able to wear them out of doors without attracting too much attention, and even if I did attract attention I would'nt feel bad about them.
The construction is good too. The heelbox doesnt look as though it would collaspe after a few months, the fabric has a synthenic 'pile' texture, tuff and is easy to clean.
The sole is a good one, giving good traction (not too slippery on polished floors) and the sole doesnt look as though it would part company from the upper, either because of de-lamination or cut-through at the join.
All in all The Famous Wiston is a good buy for me. Footbed needs improvement, but otherwise an OK slipper.
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The above was in October 2011. Its now December 2012.
The slipper has worn well. I have worn it almost every day, all day (as I work from home) since it was delivered in October 2011.
I've had to add a leather inner sole to enable slipping in and out of them easier as the standard coarse footbed was proving difficult even after a few months of wear. The soles show little signs of wear and the fabric construction still looks good after a brushup and has stayed relatively rigid in the right places eg the heel back. I have worn a 15mm toe hole in the fabric over the righthand big toe, but I regard this as fair wear and tear. I am still of the opinion that the Dunlop Winston is a good buy and I would buy it again when the time came.