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Editors’ Picks: 10 House Shoes We Swear By

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Editors’ Picks: 10 House Shoes We Swear By

January 16, 2023

For years now, Julie and I have been trading notes on the slippers we wear at home. After our coats are off, they’re the first things we reach for—and we part from them reluctantly.

Julie recently referred to these cozy reliables as “house shoes” and they took on the higher status that they deserve. We asked the rest of our team to contribute their favorites, and it seemed only right to share the intel. Here, our  top 10 most beloved indoor footwear.

Cozy and Warm

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Above: The French word for slippers is pantoufles and this all-wool style is typical—I bought my first pair at a market in Cádiz, Spain, and fell in love. They call for a newspaper and a pipe. Amor Lux’s striped carpet slippers are $89 from Old Souls.
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Above: For warmth, comfort, and durability, Julie, Fan, and Annie’s hands-down favorites (and their spouses’s, too) are Glerups, Danish felted wool slippers in various shapes and sole options: our vote goes to these Boots with Leather Soles, $130 (though the Boots with Natural Rubber Soles, $155, are popular, too, for wearing everywhere). For more, read Wirecutter’s ode to Glerups.
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Above: Remodelista’s London contributor Nell Card and her partner are fans of Falke Cottage Socks of merino wool with treads, currently marked down from $71 to $49.50. “We squidge them into our weekend bags when we go away in autumn and winter. Ours are 15 years old and came with washable leather soles—ideal for cold flagstone floors—but the current slip-proof versions are equally cosy.”
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Above: A Glerups cousin that Francesca swears by: Aura Que’s Fair Trade Handmade Eco Felt Mule Slippers with Suede Soles are $62.50 on Etsy and come in eight great colors, including Mustard Yellow.

Light and Presentable

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Above: I travel with a pair of these Deerskin Moccasins, $95, hand-stitched by a small Canadian workshop—they’re light, exquisitely soft, and, as Bon in Tucson puts it, “have a very flattering fit on the foot.” After a recent stay at a friend’s house, I sent her a pair as a thank you and she responded, “I am doing pirouettes of glee and may never take them off.”
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Above: Justine and Fan love Fog Linen’s Slippers upcycled from the company’s wool and linen scraps in an array of color combinations. They’re currently on sale for $24 marked down from $37.
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Above: Julie currently has her eye on Pla’s Bonanova Natural Slippers, made in Mallorca, Spain, of handwoven jute with rubber soles; $145 marked from from $175 from Rennes in Philadelphia. Additional colors and styles available from Pla.
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Above: Years ago, my sister surprised me with a pair of velvet gondolier slippers in a deep purple from a trip to Venice. I loved them so much that she has since given me two more pairs in olive and burnt orange. They’ve become my go-to slip-ons for entertaining at home. A pair of Dandy Blu Mercantile Velluto Slippers, hand-sewn in Italy of cotton velvet with rubber soles, is £99 from Piedaterre, in business in Venice since 1952.
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Above: Alexa, our resident fashion-aesthete, goes for a split toe: “When we have company I wear these Drogheria Crivelini Cotton Tabi Mary Janes as house shoes. I also bring them in my bag to friends’ houses where I know there’s a no shoe policy.” They’re made of cotton canvas with recycled bicycle tire soles and are available from No. 6 for $245.
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Above: Connoisseurs of Felicity Irons’s Rush Matters placemats and rugs take note: on occasion, Irons offers handwoven rush slippers. A few years ago, Julie snapped up a pair for Alexa as a thank-you-for-taking-care-of-our-cat present. Alexa reports: “I added sheepskin insoles and they’re even more fabulous.” (Read about Rush Matters here.)

Slipper-wise, what do you swear by? And what do you covet? Let us know in the Comments below.

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