20 Favorite House Shoes (Don’t Call Them Slippers)

October 22, 2019

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In February, I gifted my older sister a lovely pair of velvet tasseled mules for her birthday, with a note wishing her a wonderful year of working from home. She’s new to the no-commute universe, and this felt like an exclusive token welcoming her to “the club.” Sort of our member’s jacket.

The truth is that even when you work from home, you need to be able to slip-on something easy to sign for the FedEx package, make a quick run to the store, my monthly girls’ lunch or to pick up the kids. I really can move so much faster with something on my feet.

I learned over two years ago that getting dressed and ready for the day is a key to my productivity. But how many of us are Instagramming with slippers under our desks? How much more powerful would you feel on your conference call if your ankles were crossed over sleek driving slippers? 

And by slippers, I mean — not slippers. House shoes. The chic beauties that are comfy enough to wear with pajamas and still presentable enough to run an errand. The perfect pair pairs as beautifully with soft lounge pants as it does with cropped jeans. They go with everything. And if you’re doing it right, this is the only footwear you’re packing for your cabin getaway.

Also — it’s officially too cold to wear sandals from dawn until dusk. (Did you even realize you were doing that until you had to wear them with socks?) Mid-October is a lovely time to shop for the well-shod alternative. And so I give you a guide to all of the slides, mules, moccasins, loafers, booties, clogs, and — yes, slippers (just don’t call them that!) that I’m loving right now. 

  1. Look at Me Vegan Mule, $69.95
  2. Faux-Fur Lined Driving Moccasins, $26.99
  3. Birkenstock Zermatt Wool Clog, $100
  4. Birdies The Starling, $95
  5. J. Crew Velvet embroidered smoking loafers, $48.50
  6. A New Day Rebe Faux Leather Fur Backless Mules, $24.99
  7. Birdies The Starling, $95
  8. Dolce Vita Gail Snake-Embossed Smoking Slippers, $122
  9. M.Gemi The Calma, $95
  10. Steve Madden Karisma Leopard, $82.95
  11. Arosa Shearling Birkenstock Sandals, $165
  12. Santimon Men’s Velvet Loafers, $59.99
  13. Torrey Slipper Bootie, $54.95
  14. L.L. Bean Mountain Slipper Boots, $64.99
  15. Sorel Out ’N About™ Slide Slipper, $80
  16. Ugg Classic Mini II Boot, $140
  17. Faux-Fur Lined Driving Moccasins, $26.99
  18. Everlane The Day Glove ReKnit, $98
  19. Agodor Leather Slingback Mules with Faux Fur, $47.99
  20. Beast Fashion Gem Suede Tassel Mules, $32.99


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  1. Cyndee says:

    Would you do another favorite slipper? Searching for something with a good sole to walk on hardwood floors. Thanks for considering.

  2. Anya says:

    Hey Dude has become my go to favorite. I have a pair for in and out of the house use. They are washable and you can also buy new inserts for them from the Hey Dude company.

  3. Juliet says:

    I’m firmly on team #Ihatesocks. But I live in a cold climate, and I can’t wear sandals year round. Shoes like these are my compromise. (I do have to wear something a bit more professional for work, but I”m trying to figure out a work wardrobe that allows me to wear my fur-lined moto boots every day. Ha!) So I’m all for the fuzzy-lined shoe. I just bought a new pair from Jambu that are woolly and have a nice supportive sole so that I can stand in them for long cooking sessions and lounge about with hot tea.

  4. Sara says:

    You’re speaking to the choir here! I have to wear some sort of support shoe or my plantar fasciitis acts up walking around on our tile floors. Have you hear of Haflinger slipper/shoes? They’re a wool clog made by a German company and the footbed feels like a supportive Birkenstock. The firm sole is great so IF you want to wear them as a shoe out to do errands, totally can. But I like to keep my shoes separate and have indoor shoes and outdoor shoes. My red Lacey Haflingers are the cutest things ever with the cutouts in the wool. I just love them and plan to get another style this year at Christmas!

  5. Jean says:

    Great round up! Do you or Chris have any suggestions for men’s “house shoes”? Trying to get my husband to follow the no shoes in the house rule. He likes wearing shoes most of the time on our wood floors. Thanks

  6. Katie Richards says:

    I have a pair of wool All Birds loafers that I wear around the house. My husband and I both work remotely and will often forget we have our house shoes on when we run errands ????

  7. Jenn says:

    We live in New England so indoor and outdoor shoes are a must. Mostly because it’s so dang cold! About 3/4 of the year we wear house shoes. We also have a thing where we actually bring a pair of house shoes to a friends or family member’s home. How cozy is that?! Real friendship is when you feel comfortable enough to bring your house shoes.

  8. Jenni says:

    Where are the fuzzy crocs? That’s all I wear!!! ????

  9. Linda says:

    Cute (some expensive) options but what I really really need is a post about shoe storage!! How do you store and keep shoes organized as you come into the house and the shoes come off? Ours are in a pile by the door and it stresses me out. HELP!!

  10. Kim says:

    Do you have a place or idea of where you would keep shoes by entry doors so as to have them be convenient?

  11. Melanie says:

    Most of my home has wood floors so I understand the need to wear shoes in the house. It just makes moving around more comfortable! My favorite slippers are the loungers from Allbirds. Super lightweight and easy to wipe down the soles with a Clorox wipe when I forget to take them off while grabbing the mail, getting the kids from the bus, etc

  12. Karen says:

    I love this post! Being from Canada it is tradition in most all the homes to remove your shoes when you enter. I’m like you though and find it hard to “get at it” without shoes on. Thanks for all the awesome options!!

  13. Nicole says:

    So many cute options Julia!!! I always love your fashion and home picks!

    I do have a question, I’m confused about the purpose of a house shoe if it’s also to be worn outside the house for errands? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having a house only shoe? I have purchased a few slippers to be worn in the house only and I can never follow my own rule so I’m curious on others thoughts about this!

    • Julia says:

      I mostly ONLY wear these in the house, but sometimes I forget if I’m running somewhere quick and these are safe for that!

    • Sara says:

      I have the same rule! Only my husband can’t seem to follow it. Once it is worn outside, it’s a no go unless it’s washable. ????

  14. Chelle says:

    Wow I need to step up my house shoe game! lol. I have a pair of clunky yet comfy slip in shoes for downstairs. Our second level has super plush carpet so I take off my house shoes and go barefoot when I go upstairs because why not? ????

  15. Jillian says:

    Ok so I’ve always wondered why you wear shoes in the house. Now I’m starting to understand. ????

    But I didn’t realize you wear them inside & outside… ???? Doesn’t that track dirt etc into your home?

    We don’t wear shoes in our home in Canada, and I can’t get my head around doing that haha. But these slippers are CUTE and maybe I should get them for outdoor shoes. ????

    • Julia says:

      I intend to ONLY wear these in the house. But you know how sometimes you run out the door without thinking–I’m SAFE and confident when I do that with any of these.

  16. Joanna says:

    Growing up in Europe we always had house shoes or slippers that we wore inside. Now that I live in Florida, we go mostly barefoot because it’s hot 90% of the time but I still have an affinity for indoor only shoes. I’m thinking a pair of house Birkenstocks may be in my future.

  17. Katie says:

    Dang it Julia! Now I want most of these! :D

  18. kat says:

    I thought house shoes were just that – shoes worn in the house, not outside. To keep the germs you pick up from going out in public off your floors at home. Have I been mistaken all this time??

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