You don’t have to puff on a cigarette or be a velvet robe-wearing older gentleman to rock the androgynous Le Smoking slipper—though the results WILL be le smoking hot. Also known as an opera pump, smoking flats or Venetian loafers, the smoking slipper is a nod to traditional formal menswear and likely derived its name from Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Le Smoking jacket (also borrowed from the boys). In past seasons this loafer-slipper hybrid came in bright colours and feminine embellishments, nowadays it has adopted a more sophisticated persona with embroidered crests and initials. Shelf your ballet flats and step into a pair of embroidered velvets for a polished look, while giving your feet a break. Now you can boast smugly to friends that you’ve actually found a health benefit to le smoking.