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?