>> Smoking slippers are the new ballet flats. Retailers are reporting that the loafers — in all colors, price points, and styles — are in high demand this season. Not surprising that we've been spotting the Hugh Hefner-style loungers all throughout the fashion weeks. Street style favorite Giovanna Battaglia was spotted wearing a multicolored fleur de lis pair in New York (top left) as well as a plain black set in Milan while T magazine's Jane Herman trotted to the New York shows in tasseled patent ones (bottom left). And no wonder. This flat is super versatile — and it hits just the right note for Fall: a little preppy, a little garconne, and super comfortable to boot. Click through to browse some of the chicest styles around — from cap-toed Louboutins to gray leopard-print J.Crews — all here in the slideshow.
Photos: all Greg Kessler, except: top right, Christina Perez; bottom right, WireImage