By Janet Kelly
FOR THE past 10 years, I’ve relied on my Ugg scuffs as my go-to warm and toasty slipper for indoors and occasional walks to a nearby yoga studio. But with age and use, they’re now worn down at the heels and have precious little lining in the front, much less support anywhere.
In the process of looking for a new retreat for my feet, I’ve noticed the great slipper divide. Plush slides and mules with fluffy faux fur or shearling from the likes of Sorel, Apparis and Emu Australia feel most at home indoors. Beaded mules from Anthropologie and ones with velvet bows from Olivia Morris at Home will tempt you to wear them out of the house, but they’ll also fit the bill for more festive indoor occasions. The oh-so elegant (and pricey) suede slip-ons from Charvet should have an outside audience to coo over them, while L.L. Bean’s Wicked Good slipper will be happy as a homebody or walking around a ski resort town.
Consider snagging one of our choices below:
ABOVE: Sorel, known for its comfy, winter-weather-ready boots, applies that know-how to its Mail Run Slipper ($75) with a cushy footbed and tough rubber sole for those quick forays out to the mailbox. There are more sober-looking color choices, but yellow and hot pink mixed with gray and black fluffy faux fur makes these a treat for your feet.
BELOW: Don’t plan on giving these Rhinestone Mayberry Slippers as a Christmas gift—they’re “on backorder, available around Dec. 13.” But winter is long and shearling is oh-so-warm and worth the wait. The sparkly embellishments add to the allure. They’re $70 at Anthropologie.
LEFT: Handcrafted in Spain, Olivia Morris At Home’s house shoes are recognizable for their bow details and floral prints beloved by the designer. These dainty Daphne slippers with velvet come with memory foam footbeds to cushion tired feet. Brushed leather soles means you can venture outside in them. They’re now reduced from $394 to $197 at Farfetch.
RIGHT: Imagine yourself swanning around the house in these dark-green beaded velvet mules ($130, Anthropologie), complemented by a caftan and turban. How much fun would that be. Eat your heart out, Auntie Mame.
LEFT: Betsey Johnson is fond of statements, such as the oversize hot-pink lips on this faux fur slipper ($17.99, Amazon). The closed-toe slides are available in eight colorful variations with a unique pom-pom on each.
CENTER: Scandinavian label Flattered launched in 2013 with a line of ballet slippers, which remains at the core of their business. Handmade with faux fur, the Nina, which is cut high with a warm wool insole, is a playful take on dancer’s shoes. They’re $130 at Moda Operandi.
RIGHT: These Vibi Venezia canvas Positano candy red-and-blue ($114, Farfetch) shoes somehow, er, slipped into this list. Modeled on ones gondoliers wore to row their vessels, these furlane are handmade in Friuli, Italy. They’re much too cute to stay at home.
LEFT: It was love at first sight for these lilac scuff slippers ($79), which, thanks to a shearling lining, hug your feet in winter and keep them cool in summer. A cow suede exterior offers structure and durability, while a memory foam insole aces the comfort factor and an indoor/outdoor rubber outsole gives stability. So, go ahead and pamper those hard-working tootsies of yours. They also come in pink, chestnut and gray.
RIGHT: It’s another Tuesday night and you’re home watching Jennifer Anniston looking flawless as ever on “The Morning Show.” Get off the couch, pull off your sweat socks and don this pair of pouf slippers ($48, Tuckernuck) with its fab faux fur pompom. Feeling more glamorous? We thought you would.
ABOVE: Banana Republic’s Pointy-Toe Indoor Slipper comes in this pretty pink with black polka dots and is also available in a navy and white print. Although the soles are anti-skid rubber, outdoor use is not advised. They’re $42.99 on final sale.
BELOW: Established in 1838 in Paris, Charvet, the world’s first shirt shop, became famous for its meticulously made men’s shirts and ties. That reputation for quality extends to these made-in-France suede pale-pink slippers with a cushy, supple-leather insole, set on leather outsoles. Their sleek, understated silhouette will up the ante on your stay-at-home look. In fact, you may want to find some sophisticated loungewear to pair with them. Or show them off outside the house. They’re also available in navy, beige, tan and emerald green. You’ll pay $370 for the privilege at Matches Fashion.
ABOVE: From its faux fur outerwear beginnings, Apparis has expanded into new product categories, including accessories, like these Biba Slides ($100) in lush raspberry faux fur. As in its outerwear, bright colors dominate—the slippers come in eight other punchy hues (e.g., stone blue, sugar pink and emerald green).
BELOW: When L.L.Bean calls something Wicked Good Slippers, well, they must just be—the Freeport, Maine-based company has been around for more than 100 years for a reason. The Squam Lake ($79) style—which also comes in plum, rose, brown, light blue and dark red—is as cozy as it gets with a shearling-covered insole and lambswool lining. There’s extra cushioning in the heel for those with high arches and a grooved rubber outsole for traction. Moreover, the suede upper is water- and stain-resistant, so if you spill your morning coffee on them … .
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