Ryan Dougherty doesn’t like labels. It was his free-thinking mentality that led him to step out of the footwear box and launch Time Slippers, a collection of athletic-inspired looks with the comfort of a slipper.
The 31-year-old Dougherty, who was a marketing analyst before entering the shoe business, had been searching for a trend-driven alternative to the classic moccasin-style slipper since college. “I’d wear sweats and mocs to class,” said Dougherty. “It was comfortable.”
Frustrated with the limited slipper options on the market, Ryan set out to build a better mouse trap by incorporating a range of slipper-like comfort features into a men’s and women’s collection that debuted this fall.
The shoes, designed by Dougherty’s friend, professional shoe designer Daniel Bailey, have an ultra-flexible construction with soft yoga-mat footbeds; plush, moisture-wicking wool linings; leather uppers; and stretch laces that move with the foot.
While Dougherty intended the leather sneakers to be worn indoors, their flexible bottoms are durable enough to be worn outside. “Comfort does’t need to take the shape of a clog or moccasin,” he said. “We challenge the notion of what a slipper is.”
The collection includes three styles: a low-top at $95, a mid at $130 and a high-top at $150. The shoes, all of them black, are available at Timeslippers.com.