First came the Ugg. Then came the espadrille. Now? A hybrid. Lika Mimika, a Frankfurt-based footwear brand that introduced its leather espadrilles to the US earlier this year, designed a fuzzy interpretation for winter.
Dubbed the Home Edition, these luxurious, butter-soft shoes come lined in either rabbit skin or curly lamb. Lisa Leipziger, who along with Marijana Condic makes up Lika Mimika, felt that the average house slipper was lacking design sense: “If you look around shops, you can look at every brand and nowhere do they have really, really good-looking home shoes. They’re all not very stylish.” The Lika Mimika slippers, however, possess style in spades. In addition to the natural rubber soles and ethically obtained lamb’s wool, the Home Edition uses the classic espadrille as the basis for their design. “I grew up in Spain and was wearing [espadrilles] the whole time during my childhood and thought, How can we make them special?” says Leipziger, adding that while the pairs she grew up wearing would last “just for one summer, because normal espadrilles are made really badly,” she and Condic wanted to take the simplicity of the design and “make it nicer.”
Like all good slippers, they’re unisex—and like all good espadrilles, don’t have a designated right or left foot, so it doesn’t matter which you put on. The mix-and-matching of different styles reflects the global view of Lika Mimika’s design duo; Condic, who splits her time between Frankfurt and Berlin, named the label after Lika, a region in Croatia, while Lisa, who has lived in Germany, London, and Paris, in addition to Spain, picked the word Mimika for the tribe of the same name in Papau New Guinea. They take that a step further with the production of their shoes, with each pair hand-stitched in Alicante, a port city on the Eastern coast of Spain.
The holiday additions are just the start of a planned expansion in 2012 of Lika Mimika’s base collection of minimalist espadrilles; Leipziger promises adventurous color combinations and collaborations with artists and DJs in the brand’s future. In the meantime, the Home Edition should get you through winter and well into spring. “You can wear them outside, in the spring or autumn, with jeans and bare feet on a sunny day,” says Leipziger, adding proudly, “Actually, because they’re so classic and so simple, you can wear them with everything!”