Why are we freezing from head to toe?



On this brisk Tuesday in January, Le Futiloscope wants a little warmth. And the timing is perfect since we’ve been invaded by Instagram posts sponsored by algorithms clearly all-knowing—

The first of those recurrent guests this week? The balaclava. Yes, the balaclava, that accessory eradicated since ages by the bonnet and often relegated to the rank of cliché. Your choice, headcover for well brought up children or black mask for terrorists and various other hoodlums…this survivor is now back again. And since good news never comes alone, it no longer comes with that ruff that made our faces look like a bad daisy. Vintage hand-knit, super ski champ, in yeti fur, sober in black, or village idiot style…? There’s something for everyone. The most radical have a little mask integrated in tribute to the pandemic, you get it. The most childlike underline our recent regression to the state of big irresponsible babies, constantly put in the corner by Big Mother the State. The weirdest are the removable neck-warmers from a few seasons ago that had a frightening dystopic feel to them. We’re not trying to figure which one is the best, take a look and tell us which ones, according to you, Le Futiloscope would like best…

Another participant in the Trend ball? The fur lined slipper, ultra-cocooning that is on the feet of all of the influencers. Another improbable return, given that most of us live in over-heated apartments where feet are rarely as cold as in the countryside. Ballet slippers, lined in lamb or sheep’s wool, embroidered folkloric minorquines, moccasins in wool, fluffy slip-ons in false fur or booties for the most extreme of us? It’s clear that the fur lined Birkenstock, very avant-garde in this respect, isn’t the only game in town. Is this a symbolic trend to protect us from the progressive glaciation of our social lives? A completely essential accessory when home wear is the only sector of the fashion world to outperform? A relic of the first lockdown when we dreamed of moving to the country (and cottage core: read it here)? Umpteenth revival of Fugly Shoes, reserved prudently for home usage only? Interpretations abound. Take a look at our selection of comfy slippers—and no, there will be no old-fashioned carpet slippers, we hate them—and tell us which ones you think we might like best…