Fashion & Beauty

8 Shoes That Feel Like Slippers

Ever wish you could wear your slippers outside (and not get judged)? Think of these eight shoes as undercover slippers: They feel just as comfortable, but make you look much more public-appropriate. Combine them with leggings that look like pants for the perfect plane outfit.

M.Gemi Ballare

M.Gemi The Ballet Flat THE BALLARE

Slippers can slip right off your feet, but M.Gemi’s Ballare flats definitely won’t, thanks to a soft elastic strap across the top that keeps your shoe secure. Made from an ultra-soft leather with an extra padded insole, these flats feel good from the inside out.

Nisolo Ava Ballerina

Nisolo Ava Ballerina Flat

Nisolo’s Ava Ballerina Flat is as comfortable as a slipper but way better for walking. A tiny stacked heel provides support and shock cushioning, and the slightly pointed toe gives your feet plenty of room while still being on-trend.

Sanuk Pair O Dice Lace Sneaker

Sanuk Pair O Dice Lace Sneaker

Tie the Sanuk Pair O Dice Lace Sneakers or wear them as slip-ons—the stretchy elastic gore tongues let you rock these shoes either way. Like all of Sanuk’s shoes, the sole is designed to be yoga-mat squishy. When you’re not wearing them, the shoes pack down flat, so they’re easy to fit in your suitcase. Might as well get a pair in every color since you’ll have room for them. Check out Sanuk’s Vagabond Lace Sneaker for a similar style for men.

Birdies Starling

Birdies Starling

Birdies built an entire shoe line based on the premise of stylish flats that are secretly slippers. The Birdies Starling is the most versatile and real-shoe-looking of the brand’s offerings. Available in leather or vegan materials, The Starling comes in classic neutrals or fun styles (like the cheetah print). No matter which color you opt for, all flats feature Birdies’ signature seven-layer comfort technology, a soft quilted satin liner, arch and heel support, dual-layered high-density foam for shock absorption, and memory foam for cushioning.

Bells & Becks Giulia Black Snake

Bells and Becks Giulia Black Snake

With a 100 percent Italian leather upper, padded insole, and leather lining, Bells & Becks’ Giulia Black Snakes are slippers in ballet flat form. The round heel adds a touch of height and plenty of support (plus a flash of gold). Handmade in Italy, the Giulia Black Snakes are sure to draw lots of compliments, thanks to the gold heel and embossed snake print design.

Rothy’s Flat

Rothy’s Flat

Is it a slipper or is it a shoe? Rothy’s Flat feels like the best of both worlds. The Flat has a seamless design and is made from a proprietary knit (made from recycled water bottles) that molds to your foot for a fit that feels like you’re not wearing shoes. Removable insoles add extra comfort, and both the shoes and the insoles can be machine washed (in case you do want to wear them indoors).

UGG Ansley Moccasin

UGG’s Ansley Moccasin is an indoor/outdoor slipper, so you can wear it inside or outside without shame. A rubber sole makes these appropriate for walking around outdoors, while the cozy lining will make you want to wear these while relaxing indoors. There’s a men’s version of this style as well.

Allbirds Tree Breezers

Allbirds Tree Breezers

Made from Allbirds’ signature eucalyptus tree fiber material, the Tree Breezers flats are breathable and cooling in hot weather. The knit is so comfortable that you could wear these inside as a slipper, but they’re designed for the outdoors, thanks to a cloud-like merino wool insole that offers plenty of support for walking.

For a more gender-neutral style, check out Allbirds’ Tree Loungers slip-on shoes.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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