Let’s check out some indoor shoes

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Something you might not know about me that is kind of gross is that my dog Sammy is incontinent. He wears a diaper whenever he’s indoors, but the diapers are not infallible, and for that reason I always have on shoes when I’m home. But I don’t want to wear the ones I’ve been shlepping all over the neighborhood in—especially now—so I thought it might be fun to look for slippers and other footwear that is suitable for indoor wear. I’ll start with the pair I thought were the chicest: these oiled leather moc clogs from Jenni Kayne.

I owned a pair of Haflinger wool clogs back in the day—they’re a classic among the prep school set—and so I can tell you first-hand that they are desperately comfortable.

I’m betting these Allbirds flats are pretty comfy too; they seem like a good option for the plane too, if any of us ever get back on one on those.

These slides are just kind of fun, with contrasting prints and textures.

I wrote about these Birkenstock clogs over the winter: I bought them and wore them to death. Right now they’re marked down at Shopbop, and while they’re not available in ever size anymore, maybe you’ll get lucky.

 

These mule/clogs are from Denmark (I dig the little flag) and I like how understated they are.

These just look like they’d be easy to slip on, and I like the gray.

These loafers are from M. Gemi—a brand I know some of you swear by—and I think they’re pretty sharp.

I like the slight platform on this slipper—yes, I crave height even when I’m home alone.

A pair of classic Minnetonkas are cool in a 70s-ish way.

 

These might be a little too warm for the weather we’ve been having, but they sure are cute.

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    Nikki Ducheneaux
    1 Apr 2020
    3:44pm

    Hi! I’m an American Indian (enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; also Salish from the Flathead Tribe). I understand those Minnetonka Mocs are a fashion classic, but Natives just cringe with embarrassment when we see them. Especially that corny little bead work on the toe. They are culturally appropriative. And I don’t even think they’re made in the United States, which is a shame. I personally don’t think they’re cute at all. I am observing social distancing right now and working from home. I am currently wearing a pair of Native-made moccasins that are 100 x cuter than the Minnetonkas. I bought mine from a Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara maker from North Dakota. LL Designs. I encourage you to check them out. So cute. Regular mocs, flat-style mocs, maryjane style mocs. http://www.lldesignsstore.com/product-category/moccs/adult/

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      Rae
      1 Apr 2020
      5:33pm

      Wow. Thanks for everything about this post Nikki, from the link to the personal insight about the Minnetonka moccasins. Those LL Designs shoes are beautiful!

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    Tanya Hahni
    1 Apr 2020
    3:05pm

    This warms my heart! I am a socks inside person but there are so many comfy options here I may convert at some point.

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    Laurel
    2 Apr 2020
    4:47pm

    Haflinger clogs are so comfortable and the perfect temperature and they hold up so well too! I got some about four years ago and have since converted my boyfriend, sister and mom to them! I had no idea about the prep school association–that’s too bad. But I recommend them to everyone.

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    AKGB
    1 Apr 2020
    1:54pm

    As a long time work from home person, I alternate between a pair of Haflinger classics and a pair of Mahabis with the snap on rubber sole. Highly recommend both!

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    Amanda in Austin
    1 Apr 2020
    1:39pm

    I have those Allbirds flats, and they are my current favorite pair of shoes. So very, very comfortable. And pretty cute, too.

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    Karen
    1 Apr 2020
    12:55pm

    Oh the Minnetonka slipper, instant flashback. Add a long hoodie style bathrobe and I’m back in jr high.

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    joannawnyc
    1 Apr 2020
    12:25pm

    I have shearling scuffs and indoor Birks, but according to my podiatrist, need something with a low heel. Any suggestions?

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    Susan
    1 Apr 2020
    12:17pm

    Have you talked with your vet about a med called Proin for Sammy? My Asia was a leaker and the Proin tabs stopped it within a day or two. Highly recommended.

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    Viajera
    1 Apr 2020
    11:43am

    It’s very kind of you to be up for the challenge of living with aging pets. I know it’s not easy, I have a friend who went through that. Maybe with all this staying at home, someone will have time to work on better diaper designs. Pets don’t ask for much. They should be able to keep their dignity.

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    maria Ricapito
    1 Apr 2020
    11:50am

    I like a slipper w/ rubber soles so I can walk the dog on the sidewalk near my house (in the country…). I got Keens Howser Slide slippers from Backcountry.com and Sorel Nakiska Scuffs… I already had Merrell Hut Mocs, which I was wearing out… it’s nice to have a few pairs so I can throw them into the wash (Merrell)…

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    Sarah
    1 Apr 2020
    11:52am

    Take a look at Glerups – they are amazing slippers (slip-ons, booties, shoes) in an amazing variety of color and different types of soles. I am not affiliated whatsoever, but received two pairs as gifts and I absolutely love them! I used to be a 100% fan of haflingers, but Glerups are SO much better. xx

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      Jen
      2 Apr 2020
      4:01am

      Agreed. Love Glerups and wear them daily. I’m on my second pair (the first lasted 5 years!). I wear ones with a leather sole, my partner prefers the rubber.

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    Jen
    1 Apr 2020
    11:39am

    Gosh, those Jenni Kaynes are great. Does her stuff ever go on sale?
    Where did you go to prep school, Kim? My son is planning to go next year, something I am filled with ambivalence about… Actually, I think it will almost certainly be amazing for him, but I will miss him like crazy.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Apr 2020
      2:40am

      Rarely, Jen. But I discovered that by following the Instagram hashtag #jennikaynepartner, you can find 20% off discount codes based on the partner’s name. Also, Nordstrom sometimes puts her pieces on sale.

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    Lisa
    1 Apr 2020
    11:33am

    I am wearing my Halfinger navy wool clogs right now. I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a pair of shoes more.

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    Kathi
    1 Apr 2020
    11:34am

    I am really digging all of these what to wear while sheltering at/working from home posts. I usually go barefoot or wear socks/footies when home, kicking off shoes the moment I get inside the door. But if I did wear shoes around the house, I have a pair of black Minnetonka mocs with a bit of leopard print.

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    Jo
    1 Apr 2020
    10:57am

    I like the Jenni Kayne aesthetic – can any one speak to the quality of her stuff? Like, are the sweaters really worth it or the mules?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Apr 2020
      2:45am

      I’ve purchased sweaters with mixed results. I love my oversized cardigan, but the Everyday Sweater was meh and got returned. Can’t speak to the mules, but I’m interested. (And shop her site by finding an instagram 20% discount code at #jennikaynepartner)

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    Shara
    1 Apr 2020
    11:06am

    I can vouch that the allbirds flats are extremely comfortable. They are not indoor shoes to me, but part of my rotation of flats. Indoors in winter are my LL Bean fleece slippers, but they have some structure and sole and summer it is my inside pair of Rainbow flip flops.

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    c.w.
    1 Apr 2020
    9:37am

    I love all these choices! Growing up in Texas with a mother and father who came from ranching families it was de rigueur to remove your shoes (cowshit covered boots) before you entered the house. When I lived in Seattle with a husband and three kids, the always raining conditions kept that tradition alive therefore I enter my dotage I don’t know any other way to live. My indoor shoes are Birkenstocks or Havaianas flip flops (I also have my outside Birks and flip flops). A lovely side benefit for indoor only shoes is your floors stay cleaner so less moping required.

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      Rae
      1 Apr 2020
      2:37pm

      Same here in norther New England — too much mud, slush, and in our case horsey gook to wear shoes indoors. In fact, when folks head to other people’s houses we usually bring our slippers with us, at least in the cold months.

      I have owned and loved many of these options, especially the Halflinger clogs and the M.Gemi driving mocs. I’m eyeing those Minnetonka moccasins : )

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    Candy
    1 Apr 2020
    9:29am

    I also love my slip-on house flats from the Bobs from Skechers line — comfortable, lots of cute prints, including ones with dogs, and sizes up to 12. They have a canvas upper, foam inner lining, flexible rubber sole and light arch support, plus they’re all under $50. Zappos has a good selection. Here’s one: https://www.zappos.com/p/bobs-from-skechers-bobs-plush-woof-party-multi/product/9259795/color/767

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    lc
    1 Apr 2020
    7:54am

    For anyone who clicks on the affiliate link to the Allbirds, also check out the “lounger”, my fave at-home shoe. They’re light, comfortable and very long-wearing. The wool version is warm and soft on bare feet, they also have a tree-fiber version for warm weather. The soles are not slippy on wood floors/stairs. (I like the dark soled versions best, but that’s just an aesthetic thing.)
    Bonus: Allbirds are machine washable.

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