Slipper or Shoe? Robert Clergerie’s “Alicel” Mule Is a Little Bit of Both

The Robert Clergerie Loafer Mule Slipper
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*One of spring/summer’s key shoe trends
*Slipper-style mule crafted in France
*Rendered in baby-soft blue suede or decadent black croc

Finding a shoe that’s easy on the eyes and the feet can sometimes be a task in oxymoronic futility. But Robert Clergerie’s “Alicel,” a slipper-shoe hybrid, has all the comfort of the former while retaining enough polish from the latter to heed the call of cubicle life.


This relaxed but tailored style has been cropping up on runways and street style stars alike, and Clergerie’s version, available in baby-soft, pale blue suede or decadent black croc, proves to be amazingly versatile. Pair it with everything from worn-in jeans, tailored trousers or even as a counterpoint to an ultra-feminine floral dress. The one-inch heel is certainly a welcome reprieve from a wardrobe of sky-high stilettos, and the backless shape makes getting dressed ridiculously effortless.


As a master shoemaker, Robert Clergerie began his career working with another famous shoe designer, Charles Jourdan, eventually launching his eponymous label in 1981. The Robert Clergerie brand is renowned for its iconic looks – brogues, architectural styles, strong heels and mixed materials – so it’s no surprise they’ve hit on yet another key trend with the Alicel. Still made in France by expert artisans, each pair of Clergeries honors both the rich history of French craftsmanship and the visionary pulse of fashion today.

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