The first step out of bed doesn’t have to be frigid. With a reliable pair of house shoes or slippers, you’ll be able to navigate from your bedroom, to your kitchen, to your home office, all the way out to the mailbox (and maybe even through a Starbucks drive-through) while keeping your feet cozy, clean, and dry. If you’re looking to upgrade from your tattered bunny slippers or you aren’t totally in love with the pair you have on right now, we’ve got some suggestions for you.
Allbirds Wool Dwellers
Self-care for your feet: AllBirds signature slippers are like puffy scuffs made from upcycled scraps from their wool shoes. The Dweller is available in two delightful textures, a nubby confetti-esque felted wool and pillowy bouclé, both of which feature the company’s FSC-certified natural rubber outsole, giving it a little extra traction around the house.
Glerups the Slip-On
If you hate the idea of wearing your house shoes anywhere but under the sanctity of your own roof (and if that’s you, hats off, because your hygiene is next level), then these are your perfect match. These cult-favorite slippers are made of steam-felted wool that is formed into socks for a perfect fit before it is stitched onto a soft, thin, quiet leather sole (that is very much akin to a traditional moccasin), so they’re perfect for wearing exclusively in the home. They’re unisex (so make sure you order the right size!) and are surprisingly breathable for something made of wool. Additionally, the Glerups wool construction means they have naturally occurring anti-stink and antimicrobial properties so they are fresh for year-round wear with or without socks.
Ugg Scuff and Scuffette II
The most iconic house shoes of our time (this is an almost undebatable opinion) are the Ugg Scuffette and Scuff shoe. These lightweight slippers are much more durable than they might appear at first glance (thanks to the rubber sole and quality construction), and the mule style allows enough airflow that they don’t get too stuffy—even with the shearling lining. Folks who invest in these tend to get hooked on how practical and wearable they truly are. One Fast Company editor recently told me she put these on in mid-March and hasn’t yet taken them off. Yeah, they’re really, really comfy.
Italic Shearling Short Boots
Italic’s straight-from-the-manufacturer marketplace opened to the general public earlier this fall, making their exclusive, cost-effective goods more accessible than ever. These short shearling boots are from the same maker as a famous brand that rhymes with pug, but you would never tell the difference. These boots come in a classic chestnut color, as well as black. Snag them fast—available sizes are dwindling.
The North Face Thermoball Traction Bootie
Have cold feet? With the Thermoball Traction Bootie, the experts at the North Face created a soft, moldable slip-on bootie that’s ultrawarm and has a covert-but-durable sole that’s perfect for padding around the house, and even those small excursions outside of the house. They’re a style that I can only dub half high-fashion, half trash bag—and they’re all the more lovable for it. Plus, these booties are made from recycled PET ripstop nylon and recycled rubber. Oh, and they’re water-resistant. Pretty sweet, eh?
Living at the intersection of a refined loafer and comfy slipper is the Minnetonka Moccasin. Beloved as a classic and made of soft suede leather, this moccasin is adaptable—ready to be slipped on as you kick back and lounge all day or go out for a quick neighborhood spin. The padded insole melts into your feet, and the leather never uncomfortably rubs or chafes—so the break-in period is painless. And if you’re looking for a beefier option that can handle everyday wear outdoors, Minnetonka has released the Kilty Plus for women, which has deeply lugged rubber soles, a cushy midsole, and water-resistant leather.
Jenni Kaye Shearling Mules
Cuddly—but oh-so chic. For the person who likes structure in their lounging footwear, designer Jenni Kanye’s shearling mules are a workleisure dream: Part slipper, part statement shoe.
NakedCashmere Mule Slipper
Could there be a softer, more luxurious treat for your feet than a pair of 100% cashmere slippers atop a padded, suede sole? The answer is no. These slippers are clouds to walk upon, and look much chicer than other mule designs. We love the six available drab neutral colors (they have a zen quality to them), but if you are looking for a little more pizzazz, there’s also a triple black puff slipper, complete with pompoms perched atop.
Designed to be slipped on after a long day hiking, these cozy little camp shoes make an excellent house slipper for anyone with cold feet. With a 100% recycled ripstop upper, microfiber lining and polyester rib knit collar, the shoes are sold in beautiful colors including olive, off-white and honey gold. They fold down flat, so they’re perfect to slip into a weekend backpack or slide under your bed when you’re not using them.
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