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It may seem like such a small thing, but the perfect pair of slippers—one that's equal parts comfy and cute—can seriously upgrade the time you spend at home. These days, Team Byrdie is working, playing, and relaxing at home more than ever before—which is why we wanted to share the pairs that are helping us put our best foot forward (pun intended) right now. Slippers may not exactly be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fashion, but with working from home going strong as a long term plan for millions nowadays, home wear now plays a surprisingly big role in that world. Cuteness and comfort have merged in a bigger way than ever before, and slippers are emblematic of that shift.
When deciding on what will make the perfect pair of new slippers for you, there are a few important things to look for. Durability is key, so that they last you; comfort is a given; the lining should be appropriate warmth-wise for the season(s) you'll be wearing them; and if you'll be walking around your home in them, your feet need to not slip out easily.
With all that in mind, read on for the best slippers available today. If you have trouble choosing, remember that, just like shoes, there's nothing wrong with owning multiple pairs.
UGG Women's Coquette Slipper
Byrdie senior editor Hallie Gould has owned various versions of the Coquette Slipper since high school, and they're still her favorite pair. "They're fuzzy, cozy, and warm, but still easy to slip on and off with zero effort," she says. "I started out with the natural colors at first—the tan and brown—but now I'm obsessed with my black ones. I wear them with a sweatsuit and it essentially feels like I've slipped my entire body into a cloud."
L.L.Bean Women’s Wicked Good Moccasins
Hallie loves her L.L. Bean pair, too. "I wear them constantly," she says, "They're so comfortable and practically overflowing with shearling. They keep me cozy when it's cold but somehow they're never too warm, even as the seasons change. I especially love that they have a rubber sole, so you can wear them outside on a quick run to the deli or grocery store."
UGG Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal
"Slippers are a big part of my look right now," says Byrdie associate social media editor Star Donaldson, "And I really don't know a better slipper. They're comfy, chic, fluffy, and most importantly, they keep my feet warm. I love that they're built like a real shoe and are super sturdy. Plus, the platform gives me a little bit of height."
Birdies The Starling Flats
Byrdie associate editor Holly Rhue is pretty much obsessed with Birdies: "The way I sing the praises of Birdies," she says, "You'd think I'm an investor in the brand. (I'm not—unless you count owning three pairs as an investment!) The Starling style in shade latte is my go-to as of late because you can acceptably wear them in public. They cushion your every step with a luxe, quilted sole that feels like a mini mattress just for your feet. While The Starling is usually my style du jour, Birdies also come in mule and sandal styles, though every single shoe is still technically a slipper."
UGG Women's Tasman Slipper
Byrdie senior social media editor Kelly Gallagher loves these slippers because they're extra versatile. "They're somewhere between a shoe and slipper," she explains. "They have a durable sole so you can wear them outside, and the clog shape makes them ideal for when I want to walk my dog a few blocks or run to the grocery store. The inside is shearling and super comfy. You can wear socks if you want, or if it's cold, but I usually just pop these babies on my bare feet and go."
HALLUCI Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers
Karli Bendlin, Byrdie's email editor, found these affordable slippers on Amazon as a dupe of a more expensive pair she had her eye on—and she's never looked back. "My dogs think I purchase slippers purely for their chewing pleasure," she says, "So I try to avoid splurging on them since I have to replace them often. These are just as cozy and soft as their luxury counterpart—and they're open-toed so I can justify wearing them all summer."
Skin Palm Beach Slide
In warmer weather, you need slippers that won't make you sweat. These cute slides are made from 100 percent organic cotton, so you know they're extra breathable.
Dearfoams Women's Marie Furry Thong Slipper
These Dearfoam slippers are the best of both worlds: They're designed like a flip flop (so you won't overheat when it's warm out) but they're just as soft as the coziest slippers in your closet. They also have a rubber sole and a multi-density cushioned insole with memory foam for extra comfort.
Crocs Classic Luxe Lined Slipper
Crocs may not be known for slippers per se, but this cushioned, round-toe pair is just as comfortable as the brand's ubiquitous foam clogs. Plus, a faux-fur trim ups their coziness level.
What to Look For in Slippers
Sure, you won't usually be leaving the house in these guys, but you still won't want to replace them after a single season of wear. That would just be a waste of money. Eco consciousness comes into play, too. Some slippers have suede or leather tops, but most have synthetic soles and linings. Thinking of slippers as an investment rather than a disposable good will help keep your carbon footprint (pun intended) lower. If a pair seems a little pricy for you, look at reviews to confirm they last a long time--that will save you money in the long run.
You may want your slippers to be cute, but if they aren't as comfy as can be, you aren't too likely to wear them. No one benefits from that, so when trying on slippers you'll want to double check that these really will keep your feet happy. Despite them being a mostly at home piece of footwear, many people wear them all day long, and you can log a surprising amount of steps in a small bit of square footage.
There's a fine line between a pair of slippers feeling like a warm, melty hug, and falling on your behind in them. Rubber soles are excellent for the ability to wear slippers outside, but they will also help protect you from falling on hardwood floors better than a suede or soft sole can. No matter how good your balance is, choosing slippers with a good and grippy sole is the safest bet for your body overall.
The most important factor in the type of lining your slippers have is when you'll be wearing them. A thick, fuzzy interior will keep you warmer in winter, but won't be pleasant in hot months. Conversely, a thinner layer of breathable material such as cotton will keep your toes cool in the summer, but might not offer you enough heat in cooler months. Did we mention that owning more than one pair of slippers is super reasonable? This is one reason why.
How long should a pair of slippers last?
A good pair of slippers should last you for several years. Of course, it depends on how often you wear them, as occasional wear will lead to longer lifespan than forty hour a week wear will, but slippers that are worn regularly should still hold up for some time. If your slippers are starting to get grungy while they still have life left in them, you have the option of cleaning them and/or replacing the insoles.
Is it okay to wear slippers in public?
Running to the mailbox once or twice is no big deal, but you should avoid wearing your slippers in public if you want them to last. Purely outside of a fashion perspective (in this regard, do you!), they just aren't designed that similarly to a pair of kicks. In general, you can't expect slippers worn outside frequently to last long. If you know you'll be wearing yours for dog walks or mailbox runs regularly, choose ones with strong and sturdy rubber soles.