by Jihad Harkeem
Nothing says UES– or Palm Beach– like a pair of Albert Slippers. The main players are Stubbs & Wootton, Del Toro, and Ralph Lauren. But now we can add one more to the list: JP Crickets. What sets JP Crickets apart is that unlike the others, these slippers allow us to show a little school pride (because deep down we all want to). Emblazoned with the logos and insignias of universities and colleges such as Dartmouth, Columbia, and SMU, these shoes officially represent some of our favorite alma maters. Now we can finally stop pretending that the Stubbs & Wootton Drop Out Slippers are for Fordham University…
During the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections, Quest was fortunate enough to meet the founder and C.E.O. of JP Crickets, Susan Meyer. Formerly in the cosmetic industry, Susan has held positions at some of the leading cosmetic brands today—two of which being Revlon and Lancôme. The sudden shift to footwear was a courageous move, but she has proven herself worthy with various accomplishments from her fashion week cameos to a deal with Brooks Brothers.
Even though JP Crickets is just starting out, this past September, Susan made her fashion week debut at the Social Primer Spring/Summer 2013 presentation where she graciously provided all of the footwear. The day after, she headed out east to Long Island where her shoes made their second large scale appearance at the Harriman Cup Charity event between Yale and UVA– both with their own styles of JP Crickets. Could these be the new windshield stickers?
Aside from the university and college styles, there is also JPC Collection with styles for men and women who want to be a bit more private– think JPC monograms, tassels, and an earth tone color palette.
The shoes are available at the JP Crickets online boutique, and they’ll be in stores early this month (just in time for the holidays!). Be sure to check out the other styles and see if your alma mater made the cut. We’ll be sure to chirp our colors, will you?