Haunted slippers & other ghostly tales

Frightened man

Aghhhhh!

A man haunted by his own slippers? The trade in spooky dolls? Has the world gone mad?

Here we’ve rounded up some strange and ghostly tales from across the British Isles and beyond.

We’ll let you decide whether they’re evidence of the supernatural or evidence of some very dotty imaginations.

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Dog saves owner with slippers!

A puppy golden retriever with slippers indoors.

Man’s best friend to the rescue!

When Mark Humphrey’s dog, Mazie woke him in the middle of the night by placing his slippers on the bed, he thought she must be going mad.

But she refused to go away, leaping up beside him and jumping on him until he put his slippers on and followed her downstairs.

Mazie was giving her master a message: Help!

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How to age in style

Senior stylish man

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Stay stylish…

Age starts to become a hot topic when you venture past 40 years old, so it might be time to put the miniskirts away, especially if you’re a bloke.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bring out the Zimmer frame and thermal vests and dress how you think society wants you to dress.

It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that matters and so if you don’t feel comfortable or smart in your own clothes, then it’s likely they don’t suit you either. Here are some fashion tips for the mature wardrobe.

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What every man wants for Christmas in 2014

Man and woman exchanging christmas gifts.

Delight this Christmas…

With the festive period suddenly well and truly upon us, Christmas shopping pressure is certainly looming.

In 2014, the gift options for men go beyond new socks or a book – the revolutionary new products on the market are simply too good to miss off of a list to Santa!

With this in mind, we’ve compiled our top 5 Christmas treats for men this season.

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Environmental showdown: Natural vs. Synthetic

Line up of mens shoes in a shoe shop.

Who will win…

We all want to do our best for the environment, but when it comes to choosing new shoes and clothes, should you go for leather or faux leather, cotton or polyester, wool or acrylic?

The environmental choice is not always obvious. Natural materials sometimes require large quantities of chemical fertiliser, place huge demands on water resources, and their processing can cause pollution. But synthetics don’t necessarily biodegrade, and can use a lot of energy during production. And then there’s the shipping…

We don’t pretend we can speak for all fibres produced in all countries, but here is a guide that will at least explore some of the things to think about when buying new clobber.

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6 Silver linings of winter

Feet Warming By Fireplace

Look on the bright side…

If summer and winter went head-to-head for the honour of being the most popular season of the year, then it would be no contest and summer would win easily with its sunshine, ice creams and suntans.

But hold on just a minute. Winter shouldn’t be written off quite so easily; there are lots of overlooked benefits during the snowy season.

Summer has its perks for sure, but no season does comfy time quite like wintertime. Allow us to remind you of what’s in store when the nights draw in.

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5 Surprising slipper facts

Surprising Slipper Facts

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You’d never guess…

In the menswear market, the slippers on offer are no longer the dowdy and dull offerings you’d associate with your granddad. With a range of different styles and colours, there are now slippers available that wouldn’t look out of place with your best suit.

Adopting a range of different luxe materials, from leather to fleece, it is now possible to keep your feet comfortable and slipper clad, as well as stylish.

To celebrate the successful
 transformation of the classic men’s slipper, we’ve compiled 5 fun facts about them that you may not have known…

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Festival footwear for men

Festival

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Get the right kicks for your festival.

It’s summertime and that means festival season.

Deciding what to pack can be tricky when who knows what the British weather will throw at you.

Thank heavens for our guide to festival footwear for men – something to make life a little easier.

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How to keep your house clean without housework

How to keep the house spick and span without housework?

It’s the challenge that’s kept inventors tinkering since the dawn of time – and it’s the holy grail of time pressed families everywhere. So just how close are we to achieving the unachievable?

How soon will it be before we can finally relax in the knowledge that dust and dirt have been conquered? Lets take a look at some of the latest ideas and technologies bringing the housework free home just that little bit closer.

Dirt repelling bathrooms

Modern bathroom

Nanotechnology uses liquid glass to repel water and dirt.

We all know that running a dehumidifier, together with adequate heating and good ventilation can help stop your bathroom turning into a mouldy mess. But now you can finally dispense with detergents, bleach and elbow grease – the self cleaning bathroom is here!

Nanotechnology is a modern day industrial revolution. Engineering at the microscopic level, it’s enabled scientists to create intelligent coatings that when applied to a bath, toilet or wash hand basin, allows it to clean itself. The microscopically thin layer of ‘liquid glass’ is super hydrophobic – it repels water and soiling in any form – no matter how long he’s been digging the garden!

Robot floor cleaners

You’ve bought the man in your life a pair of men’s slippers, but still he tramps a tide of filth into the house. If you’re fed up with cleaning up after him, fear not – get a robot to do for you!

Floor vacuuming robots have been around for a while, but now they’re super intelligent. Not only are they programmed to clean every inch of carpet or hard floor, they also have side brushes that dust along walls. Cliff sensors ensure your floor slave doesn’t drive itself down the stairs by mistake, and because of their low profile, they can even do under beds, chairs and tables. Oh and you can also program your robotic vacuum cleaner to clean when you’re out – and don’t worry, if they run out of power, they simply drive themselves back to the charging point.

Stain resistant walls

Cleaning tiles

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High tech tiles could mean no more scrubbing.

Cooking residue, nicotine stains, dirt and odours – just the things household detergents are designed to tackle. But what if you didn’t need them any more? What if you could simply wipe your walls with mild soapy water, leaving them perfectly clean?

New self cleaning ceramic tiles may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike standard ceramics, these high tech tiles have an ultra thin coating of a material that attracts water. Combined with sunlight, the humidity from the air condenses on the surface, preventing dirt from drying and staining. No more scrubbing!

Streak free windows

Window cleaning

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Forget chamois and squeegees forever!

Are you tired of buckets and chamois and those annoying smears squeegees leave behind? Or perhaps you’re petrified when your partner climbs ladders to clean the windows? The solution used to be to pay a window cleaner to keep the glass sparkling. But now thanks to new technology, you can buy windows that literally clean themselves.

It all comes down to the active ingredient, titanium dioxide. It’s the ingredient that makes freshly applied white paint dazzle, but when applied to glass in an ultra thin layer, it’s invisible to the naked eye. The coating reacts to sunlight causing chemical reactions that break down dirt particles. And when it rains, because the titanium dioxide attracts water the raindrops spread evenly over the surface, washing all the dirt away without leaving unsightly streaks. Magic!

You don’t even have to cook…

3D Pizza

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Would you eat a 3D pizza?

Your bathroom, wall, floors and windows are squeaky clean, and all without you having to do anything. But surely there’s no way around some chores? Surely somebody has to cook the dinner? Not necessarily…

You’ve heard of 3D printing – the new technology that’s revolutionising industrial production processes? Well now, it’s coming to your kitchen where you’ll be able to print your meals!

The Foodini is due to be launched very soon. Connected to the internet, you tell it what you want for tea – it tells you which ingredients with which to fuel it. Simply press ‘go’ and let the machine do the rest. It’ll make anything from intricately detailed chocolate creations to printed pizzas. Precision engineering for food!

Celebs love them – so is it OK to wear slippers outside?

"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon">> at Rockefeller Center on July 20, 2011 in New York City.

Chatting about slippers?
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The majority of us might associate a pair of comfy slippers with a night on the sofa, feet up, watching the telly, but not so for the star studded showbiz elite.

These days, you’ll see Taylor Swift wear slippers on the red carpet. The irrepressible Ryan Gosling appeared on the US chat show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, wearing – yes – carpet slippers.

So what’s going on? Are outdoor slippers cool? Or are the stars out of step? Here we find out.

The Albert slipper

velvet slippers

Slippers that hiss style
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Prince Albert’s eponymous slippers were a 19th century invention that had their origin in the majestic stately homes of the aristocracy. Lords of the manor sought footwear that didn’t damage their expensive floors but could cope with the outdoors. Enter the leather soled slipper.

Prince Albert refined the design with the addition of velvet and satin, and many added personalised embroidery.

These men’s slippers were the epitome of luxury and were worn at elaborate black tie dinners. In America, they became known as tuxedo slippers.

The Churchill slipper

Winston Churchill was not a man to be messed with, even in his pyjamas. A serial napper and a habitual wearer of slippers, he proved that casual slip-on footwear can be worn for nearly every occasion.

In the 1960s, velvet Albert slippers became popular with America’s elite, and RFK was no exception. Here he is with his children, on the steps of his family home – look at his feet – he’s wearing Albert slippers.

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A man not scared by slippers
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The most famous outdoor slipper wearer is rarely seen without his jim-jams. Rich, yes. Saintly, no. His behaviour may be questionable, but his sense of style is undoubtedly unique. Say hello to none other than Hugh Hefner.

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Not all slipper wearers are saintly
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Taking the bins out

Outdoor mule

Warming up for outdoors

It seems it’s acceptable for the elite to sport outdoor slippers inside and outside their homes, but what about us mere mortals?

Taking the bins out is a job few people enjoy. But some mens leather slippers are sturdy enough for the rigours of a pebbled path and won’t be worn down too quickly.

Slip-on mules made from nappa leather and with tough man-made soles, are much sturdier than traditional fabric slippers. With their smart looks, mules are perfect footwear for a quick natter over the fence with the neighbours, or a potter around the garden. And they’re equally at home – in the home.

The case against

tesco bans pyjamas

You should have bought some shoes
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While there are some occasions where it’s fine to slip on your slippers, sometimes PJs and slippers are a definate no-no.

A Cardiff Tesco banned shoppers from wearing pyjamas and slippers to “avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others”. School headteachers in Middlesbrough evidently share the same view, writing to parents to ask them to not wear pyjamas when dropping off their kids.

Seen as lazy and a poor example to children, authorities from Louisiana to Shanghai have adopted anti PJ and slipper policies. Perhaps we’re seeing a return to more formal morning attire.

So are the celebs right? Is it OK to wear your slippers in public. We think the answer is yes – as long as you choose the right ones. For red carpet affairs, pick a pair of luxury Albert slippers, for taking out the bins, Churchill slippers or outdoor mules. For a trip to Tesco stick to loafers.