Review: Mahabis

  Fanny & my Mahabis

Fanny & my Mahabis

You might remember when I got VERY excited about these magical transforming slipper-shoes.  Well, my delightful husband ordered me a pair!  I got them last spring but they are VERY WARM so it wasn't long before it was too hot to keep wearing them, but I've been wearing them again this fall and feel like I've now had enough experience to let you know what's up.

Here's what's good: They are, as I said, TOASTY.  They are also very cozy (lined with fuzzy shearling-like material), and super-comfy.  The bottoms (my husband ordered me all five colors?!) are really cute and, overall, the product that came in the mail (in lovely and well-considered packaging, very much in the vein of an apple product) matches the product you can see on the Mahabis website.

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Here's what's not so good: Mine are too big (read: I think they might run big).  And Mahabis doesn't offer international returns.  When I reached out to them (because these are pricey slippers) they were almost willing to make a size exchange for me anyway, but I was outside of their 14-day regular returns window so they said no.  Boo.  Non-returnability (or at least exchangeability) is a deal-breaker for me and, imho, 14 days is no time at all.  Fortunately, they're only too big in a way that makes my feet look stupid, not in a way that really precludes my wearing them, so they aren't going to waste.

  Not a fan of the way the sole gaps away from the main shoe/slipper body.

Not a fan of the way the sole gaps away from the main shoe/slipper body.

The most important thing to understand about Mahabis, though, is that they're SLIPPERS.  They are NOT Magical Transforming Slipper Shoes.  Instead, they're slippers that let you walk in both dirty places and clean places without tracking the dirt around.  So they're great for a quick trip down to the basement of my building or a walk down the hallway to give something to a neighbor.  If I lived in the suburbs, they'd be ideal for those times I needed to go out into the driveway to pick up a newspaper or deliver my kid to a school bus.  They are not, as I had hoped they would be, appropriate for running errands to the grocery store three blocks away.

Bottom line: I don't think they were right for me, but I think they're a good (though not a great) product.  I wish the company would improve its returns policy because that's something I care about.  Mahabis would make a really cool gift (maybe for your fancy friend with a country house or your cool mom who keeps chickens in her back yard?), although I'm not sure anyone needs the array of sole colors that I have.  Okay, maybe a teenage girl, but no one else.  

A more recent and extremely satisfactory purchase, for me, were these shearling-lined sneakers.  They do exactly what I want: keep my feet warm and cozy, sans socks, for trips around my 'hood.  If I want to keep my house clean, when I get home, I can slip them off and slip into my Mahabis. ;)

What do you think?  Do you have Mahabis?  Would you try them?