Sleb Safari: Prince William wore aeroplane slippers to the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

SLIPPERS are having a moment. Scratch that. Slippers are having their moment – and it’s been a long time coming. Footwear so comfortable, so dependable, so functional, so everything, was always deserving of the spotlight. And if Crocs can stage a coup and get away with it, slippers deserve their soft shuffle centre stage.

Swanky slippers are out and about at present and Akshata Murty – heiress, businesswoman, fashion designer, venture capitalist and spouse of this quarter’s UK prime minister – was snapped wearing a handsome pair that retail for £570. They were beauties. Soft tan suede with shearling lining, a good sole and chunky gold buckles on the top… what wasn’t to love? They’re by JW Anderson too, who you might know as the man who designed Rihanna’s SuperBowl outfit and who is less well known as a graduate of Magherafelt.

Does he have the freedom of Magherafelt? Can he herd sheep down the main street? Does he have a giant key? If the answer to any of those questions is no, Mid Ulster District Council needs to step on it.


The Prince and Princess of Wales at the Baftas (Chris Jackson/PA)


Someone else whose love of a good slipper has been getting some much deserved attention is Prince William.

While liveblogging the Baftas a journalist for the Guardian shared a story about the prince’s preparations for the London premiere of Top Gun: Maverick. William and Kate had already availed of private screening thanks to Tom Cruise who also invited them to Leicester Square for the premiere. Such was the future king’s excitement that he commissioned a pair of velvet slippers with embroidered aeroplanes which he wore with black tie and, according to journalist Stuart Heritage, William pointed them out to each and every member of the cast

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