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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, due to the current health situation, 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.
Read on for the best slippers available today.
Byrdie's editorial director Faith Xue looks for two main things when selecting a slipper: cuteness and comfiness. "These slides from Sorel check both boxes," she says. "I like that they're fuzzy and feel like I'm walking on a cloud. Plus, they make my feet look cute (whether they're bare or in socks), they're easy to slip into, and they actually stay on—so many slippers can slide off as you're walking, which is annoying. I love these slippers."
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."
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."
"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."
Parachute's classic bathrobe is one of our absolute faves, and the brand's slippers don't disappoint either. With a plush terry top (in a diamond jacquard weave pattern) and a ribbed rubber sole, these are cushy while still being sturdy enough to wear outside. (Plus, you won't slip on a wet bathroom floor.)
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."
If you're into suede, choose this pair of Tom's, which also has a cozy faux-shearling lining. And, if you need to pop outside for a few minutes, these have a rubber outsole for added durability.
Since the start of April, Tom's has been donating one third of its net profits to its own COVID-19 Global Giving Fund, which supports the brand's partners on the front lines, including Americares, Crisis Text Line, International Medical Corps, Partners In Health, and WaterAid.
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."
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."
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.