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When lawyer and Londoner Ankur Shah became temporarily housebound as a result of a back injury, he spent much of his time browsing the internet. He discovered that the word ‘slippers’ was the most searched term. He also realised that he was unable to name a single brand of slippers or house shoes. All he could find online was either old and antiquated or otherwise just outright shoddy. He then set himself a goal: to design and create an original and hip slipper.

Right now, Shah’s stylish remakes of the classic house shoe are sold under the label Mahabis in well-over 40 countries. Not surprising at all, given the quality of the design. The slippers have a removable underside, allowing you to wear them both as a comfortable house shoe, as well as a lovely outdoor slipper. The fit is wonderful, in no small part thanks to the foam inset at the heel, while the sole is easily removed and attached thanks to the snap fastener in the back. The design is drawn in England and the soles are specially imported from Italy. The shoes, finally, are made in Portugal, making Mahabis a properly European project.