Slippers are any home’s staples in Turkey. Most likely the streets are not clean enough to permit the shoes worn outside to be used in the home because of the religious and social norms of living. Even for the likes of me who are more tolerant in this respect than the elderly and/or classical Turkish families, slippers are a heavenly leisure to increase the sense of homeyness.
This little store, hidden in a narrow passage on Tesvikiye Street, in the elegant shopping district Nişantaşı, is famous for its well-crafted, original hand made slippers. The slippers stacked up to the ceiling in lovely antique boxes dating back to the 1950s are mostly made of real leather. They also use some original woven materials. All are designed by the third generation of the same owner’s family. Their artisan workers are also the same old people taught by their masters and are now teaching another generation.
Narin slippers is on the shopping and stocking list of many famous Turkish people including the politicians, but also a very select international clientele including Kings from Arabic Countries to Tyler Brûlé, the founder of Wallpaper Magazine and the editor-in-chief of Monocle.
The real leather slippers do not need replacing for years to come, but you might want to stock up for different occasions, or simply for decorative purposes. Don’t forget your slipper-less friends!
Narin Terlik | Shopping | Slippers from TL 145
Teşvikiye cad. Hak Pasajı 172/33 | +902122252871
10:00 – 19:30 daily