I’ve always loved really soft leathers and suedes – particularly in jackets, but also in slippers and slip-ons. For most men (and I pass no judgment on the rest) slippers are the only leather item they will ever wear against their skin. The only time they will feel that buttery hide against their own. And yet there are very few high-end leather slippers out there.
La Portegna is a small Spanish company with a rather different philosophy. They started out making simple leather travel slippers, made from just two pieces of leather – the sole and the vamp – sewn together by hand in the style of a loafer. They use only the finest leathers, vegetable tan them, and then treat them with olive oil.