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Our Story

In 2007 Bedroom Athletics launched the Marilyn Slipper Boot for women. A cosy, comfortable and pretty cool boot perfect for winter lounging around the home. The Marilyn quickly became a favourite and shot to the top of everyone’s Christmas list. Style magazines raved; John Lewis stores were stampeded; and the Marilyn quickly sold out.

Bedroom Athletics was catapulted into the limelight by this now iconic design. It’s been imitated and reproduced, but never with the original attention to detail, form or fit.

The Marilyn remains our absolute bestseller today, but it’s now also part of an extensive range of indoor slippers, all-season indoor/outdoor footwear and dressing gowns for men and women and a growing collection of luxury homewares.

Today we continue to develop, test and explore new ways of keeping people’s feet both comfortable and stylish. Our brand name still raises a few eyebrows and while we’re committed to quality and customer care first and foremost, we also believe in having a little fun along the way.

We also launched our sister brand Beach Ath in Spring 2021, find out more here.

Marilyn Slipper Boots

Our Team

Howard is the Founder, MD and chief slipper tester.

Without him there would be no Bedroom Athletics. An industry veteran when it comes to spotting a gap in the market and the next best product to fill it, Howard still gets a kick out of planning the next range and working with customers large and small. He loves getting out and talking to customers, retailers, independent businesses, competitors, advocates and collaborators.

Howard is a keen golfer, dog lover, world traveller and collector of good shoes.


Martin is Brand Manager and has more than 20 years experience managing some of the UK's best loved brands.

He’s the man in charge of our product development, design, manufacture and of all of our lovely slippers, loungewear and accessories. He's also behind the names given to each of our products, using a system only known to him and shrouded in great secrecy! He likes to test the team regularly on why we think he's chosen a particular name.

In his spare time Martin can be found pounding the streets as a regular runner and he also knows a thing or two about rugby.


Gwyn is Head of Marketing and brings with her more than two decades of experience promoting, writing copy, creating imagery and presenting a whole host of brand products from techie widgets and gizmos to emerging fashion design collections, boutique hotels and shopping centres, and of course footwear. She’s also author of a fashion book.

Gwyn is half Aussie and half Welsh but speaks neither language fluently :) . She does however love the beach, swimming, kayaking and planning her next campervan road trip.


Declan works in Stock Merchandising and is a bit of a whizz with numbers and data. He has a degree in Business & Management and enjoys taking on new challenges and learning as much as he can about the business from design to delivery to customer purchase and feedback. He loves football and rugby and enjoys a bit of friendly banter on which team/player/match is the best. He also shames us all by going to the gym EVERY morning before work.


Neil is our Ecommerce Manager and in charge of our digital footprint. In addition to 15 years digital experience, he also has a 1st class BSc degree in Web Management – which means he knows some cool stuff. A bit of a tennis star in his heyday (including table tennis too) he’s now chief roadie, fan and supporter of his talented young son and his tennis career. When he’s not courtside he loves travelling, sport and good food.


Toni and her team take care of our lovely customers. What Toni doesn’t know about our slippers, shoes and loungewear isn’t worth knowing! She loves helping people and solving problems. Toni is a passionate swimmer and is thinking about dipping her toe in the water (quite literally) of open cold-water swimming! Watch this space!

Rachel is part of our customer service team. When she’s not chatting to our customers or emailing about important slipper info she’s out running, with or without her dog, watching football or hanging out with her family. On our morning video calls she puts us all to shame with her post run look, sporting great hair and a ‘just exercised’ glow.