Product Reviews

Review: Mahabis Classic Slipper

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Update (January 4th, 2017)

We can no longer recommend this product. After less than a year of normal usage, the sole has started to detach. I’ve reached out to Mahabis customer support team, and while they didn’t offer up a replacement pair, they did offer gift card towards another pair. But these aren’t cheap, and  if these slippers won’t last me a year, then it’s not worth investing anymore money into.


I have a thing for slippers. I’ve tried many different kinds, and none have really stood out as being one that I’d recommend. This ranges from $30 slippers from DSW to $100+ pairs from Ugg. None of them left a lasting impression. Then I found Mahabis by complete accident, and I was hooked.

I wear slippers every single day, no matter the time of year or weather outside. It’s one of those things that’s a part of my daily routine; putting them on when I wake up in the morning, and when I first get home from work.


I always step on the heel of my slippers. My wife tells me to buy a slipper without the heel, but sometimes want the heel. Later on I was chatting with a friend (in-person) about wanting a “convertible” heel slipper, which I’d never seen. Days later, I see a Facebook ad for Mahabis. It’s like they were in my head listening.

Shortly after discovering the brand, I had to try them out. I opted for the Mahabis Classic dark grey pair (because grey matches everything) and a couple of their detachable soles (more on those later).

First Impressions

When I first took them out of the box, they’re noticeably far lighter than any other slipper I’ve owned. Which is a good thing. The visual design of the slipper is very simple and sleek. They don’t look like your typical old man slipper, which pretty much what all of my past ones have looked like. The slim silhouette of the slipper resembles more of a shoe than a traditional slipper.


The outer shell is made of lightweight felt, with a neoprene collapsible heel…a feature I haven’t seen on another slipper before. The inside is made of sheeps wool, which I found was just the right amount to not cause overheating.

Daily Usage

I’ve been wearing these slippers daily for about two months now, and long past the honeymoon phase, these slippers have been well worth the cost. I wear them both with, and without socks and never have I felt that my feet overheat in them with the breathable fabrics.

I generally tend to not wear them outside, just to ensure that I don’t decrease the lifespan of them. And after wearing them a while, you really appreciate the lightweight nature of the slipper, since I don’t really want it to feel like I’m wearing shoes around the house.

“reinventing the slipper // for everyday adventures”

The Detachable Soles

Mahabis is very unique in two ways, one of which being they have detachable soles. The purpose of these is if you’re looking to do light outdoor activities with them around the house. And they snap onto the slipper via a button on the bottom heel, which keeps them attached to the sole. While they do come with pair, you can opt for additional ones for an extra $22 each. They come in a variety of colors. So choose whatever fits your personality.


The gray and back detachable soles

While I think the detachable soles are a great feature, I don’t find myself using them often. By the time I think of something to do outside, and then take time to change out the sole, it’s just easier to swap the slippers for a pair of shoes.


The Collapsible Heel

This is the reason I bought these slippers. They’re functional in a way that all of my past slippers weren’t, by design. The neoprene material makes it super easy to choose which way you want to wear the heel. One concern I had about the collapsed heel was how it would feel under my foot when walking on it. In other words, would it feel like there’s a huge chunk of cloth under my foot to make for uncomfortable walking.

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But this has not been the case. In fact you hardly even feel it. The heel is thin enough to be very comfortable and unnoticeable when collapsed, and thick enough to not feel flimsy when raised and covering your heel.

Quick tip/downside: I would recommend against wearing loafer/no-show socks with the heel up. When walking, it will pull the sock down off of your foot, and it’s very annoying.

Final Verdict

All in all, this is a great product that exceeded my expectations. They’re super comfortable and look really good. The price point isn’t the greatest, as most people don’t feel the need to spend $86 on a pair of slippers. I’m willing to pay a premium on something that fits my exact needs and has a lot of usage for me, so this fell in to that category.


As mentioned earlier, I’m just not into the detachable soles, so I don’t see myself buying more of those. If you do decide on buying a pair, they fit big from what I’ve experienced and read online. So think about sizing down a size.

Check them out if you’re in the market. We recommend them.

Review: VARIO NATO Watch Strap


The Vario Ocean Chevron strap

A few years ago we saw a huge trend in men socks take flight. They were bolder, brighter, with strong patterns. It became the center of attention in a lot of outfits. While this hasn’t gone away quite yet, you’re seeing this shift to other parts of a man’s wardrobe – mainly accessories like pocket squares, ties, and now watch straps.

I’ll admit, when I first saw the Vario NATO strap I was skeptical. I almost immediately wrote it off as something I thought to be gimmicky. Then my review strap arrived in the mail, and upon seeing it in person I started to change my tune a little. I received the ocean chevron strap, and added it to my Timex Easy Reader watch, pictured below.

Vario NATO Strap

Ocean chevron with Timex Easy Reader

This strap has a lot of personality. Pictures don’t do it justice. If worn correctly it adds a nice little touch to an outfit. As the weather starts to warm up in the coming months this is going to be a great way to add some strong color to your wrist.

Vario is offering a decent selection of patterned NATO straps, whether you’re looking for something bold or a bit more subtle. “Wear your Personality” is their tagline, and looking at their lineup of watches, I easily found the exact band I’d choose for myself.


Vario’s strap selection


How To Wear It

With a watch band this bold, it’s important to make sure that the patterns won’t clash with the other pieces in your outfit. I recommend keeping your shirt a clean solid color. No stripes or patterns, or else the patterns on the watch band might get lost. But keeping a solid complimentary shirt lets the watch stand out on it’s own with no competition.

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Complimentary solid colors work best

This is very much a situational band as well. By that I mean you’ll want to wear a band like this outdoors; somewhere like the beach, pool, or a summer party. This isn’t the type of band you’re going to dress up in any fashion. Keep it very casual and fun.

Who Should Buy This?

If you’re someone looking to add some flair to your spring/summer wardrobe, this is a great way to do so. It might not be this exact band that I have, but their other options might fit your tastes instead. Also, if you’re someone that’s looking to branch out with accessories, this is for you. Since the watch is one of the best accessories you can have, having a fun band like this mixes it up from the everyday leather, or solid color band.

Final Verdict

As mentioned earlier, at first glance this band feels gimmicky. But after giving it a go, I approve of it as a fun addition to add to a warm weather wardrobe. They have an Indiegogo Campaign that just started and it’s off to a great start. So go support and get yourself a funky band to add to your collection.

Review: Mylo Outfit & Style Assistant App

I’ve tried a few different smartphone apps that claim to help you shop and/or dress better. MyLo is the latest in this group and has the goal of helping you choose outfits for any occasion, as well as help you identify items that might be missing in your wardrobe. Most apps/services I’ve tried more focus on telling you how and  to shop instead of focusing on what you already have. But how do I know what to buy if I don’t know how to work with what I already have? This is a great approach.

What’s better is they make it stupid easy to purchase items that you might want/need but don’t have already. We will touch more on that later.

Getting Setup

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The initial setup is pretty smooth. MyLo walks you through what the app does and gets you started on selecting through a generic list of clothing items, to then choose what you own. So far so good.

Once that’s complete, MyLo builds out x-number of outfits based on the items you selected, then you’re off to the races. You’re dropped onto a screen showing your first outfit. If there is a particular item (like shoes) that you’re not feeling in that suggested outfit, you can cycle through and change it up.

Getting More Specific

Two features that make MyLo more effective are the ability to sync your location (for weather related outfits) and selecting which occasion you need an outfit for. And the occasion part is great in that you are not just choosing work/party/etc, you get to dig one layer deeper to select what kind of work day: casual, formal, presentation day, or interview. Narrowing down on the occasion, as well as weather, is a very nice touch that can make a huge difference in an outfit.

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Daily Usage

Each morning you get up and open MyLo, you will have a new outfit waiting for you. Tapping on the image gives you the details of the outfit. If you’re the type that wants one less decision to make in the morning, you will enjoy this app. And if it selects outfits that you really like, you can favorite them to view later.


Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 11.32.57 AMRemember when you chose all the wardrobe items that you own during setup? Well the shopping section is geared towards the things you didn’t select. I really love this section because choosing an item there, I’m presented with a few different brands at different price points. I’m given just the right amount of options to not make it s tough decision should I want to make a purchase.


Last thing of note in the shopping section, when you’re viewing an item, it tells you the height of the model wearing the item and what size shirt he’s wearing. That is so extremely useful and I wish every single website that sold men’s clothes did the same.

Just be sure to add in your body type measurements so MyLo can tailor the shopping section to brands that fit your body type. I can’t yet verify how accurate this is, but it’s a nice start.

Who This is For

As mentioned earlier, this app seems perfect for the person that doesn’t want to think about what to wear in the morning. MyLo does a good job of saying “here, wear this”. It’s also for the person that has, and wants to keep, a fairly minimal wardrobe. The items and shopping selection are very much geared towards a simple wardrobe, which makes choosing outfits much better. So if you need a little help with getting dressed, this is for you.

What’s Missing

As I’m poking through the app, a few ideas came to mind about what’s missing. The biggest thing for me, based on my wardrobe, is that it’s too simplistic. I do not have a minimal wardrobe, and though I wouldn’t need it, I’d love to be able to input my own actual items into an app like this to have it select outfits. I have lots of patterned/textured shirts (outside of gingham), so I’d like an app like this to address more of the actual clothes I have instead of a generic list.

Another thing that Mylo could benefit from is color coordinating. I’ve heard from many friends and colleagues that they have challenges with putting together color palettes. And this seems like a big part of a daily outfit decision.

I also think it would be great, but only a nice to have, is to take pictures of my own outfits to store/favorite for later viewing. I someone do this on my own and post them to Instagram, but it’s far from an organized system like this app could provide.

Lastly, while this would be a little tricky, I’d like to know the “why”. In other words, why is this a good outfit that Mylo is suggesting.

The Wrap Up

Overall, I think Mylo is a pretty cool app and addresses what I’ve seen most other apps fail at… “what to wear that’s already in my closet”. While I don’t think this app is for me long term, at least in it’s current state, I will give it a try for a bit to see how it does. I personally enjoy the challenge of figuring out what I’m going to wear and putting outfits together. But I also understand that most men don’t operate like that.

It’s worth a try though. So if you’re an iPhone owner, download it for free and see how it works for you.