Stories / July 2019

Stubbs & Wootton: slipper art

Realised in Palm Beach where they’re based, Stubbs & Wootton have been at the forefront of an inspiring movement to reinvent the slipper into a genre of footwear that is smart, elegant and above all terrifically versatile.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Stubbs & Wootton is in fact an amalgam of two legendary 18th century British artists, George Stubbs and John Wootton, two gentlemen famous for painting pastoral and sporting scenes for the upper classes. It is in appreciation for their respective visions that Mr Percy Steinhart founded Stubbs and Wootton in 1993, and chose to name it after them.

Born in Palm Beach, Florida, there’s more than just a name to the slipper specialist. Inspired by art (but also ancient history, surf culture, and scotch), Steinhart – a former investment banker – desired to ‘give the slipper its due recognition as an all-purpose shoe’. And thus, a star was born. The slippers - produced in a variety of materials from straw, velvet and linen – are manufactured in Europe, ensuring both superior quality and an attractive price-point - especially considering the various ways this wardrobe-staple can be paired. ‘They can be worn at all times’, confirms Mr Steinhart, ‘with shorts and jeans to tweeds, blazers, suits, and of course dinner clothes – from day to dawn.’

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Chris Cotonou