Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things list is out.
The media powerhouse has released her selection of gifts ahead of the holidays — a mix of home goods, cosmetics, foodie finds, tech gadgets and accessories — in a beloved annual tradition that got its start in the 1990s.
Anticipated by many shoppers, the talk show host and producer’s compilation of knickknacks has had a reputation for catapulting brands to great fame. Shortly after crowning Ugg as one of her favorite things in 2000, for instance, the sheepskin boot brand was spotted everywhere — on the sidewalks of Los Angeles, on A-listers like Nicole Richie and Beyoncé and even on the red carpet.
This year, earning Oprah’s coveted stamp of approval are a total of 79 presents, three of which are footwear spanning from sneakers to slippers. Here’s how to shop her picks.
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APL TechLoom Chelsea Training Shoes
Blending technology, performance and fashion, Athletic Propulsion Labs’ sneakers easily transition from the gym to the streets. This Chelsea training shoe is constructed with a newly developed 3D stretch rebound TechLoom upper, with its slip-on design featuring a dynamic weave pattern that adjusts to the shape of the wearer’s foot. While holding snug, the herringbone knit can also expand for a range of motions while keeping the foot centered with internal reinforcements around the lateral and medial parts. Slipping the foot into the shoe is made easy with a pull tab and elastic stretch collar.
To buy: APL TechLoom Chelsea Training Shoes, $200 with code OPRAH (was $250); Amazon.com.
Intelex Plush Slippers
These fully microwavable slippers — with a plush feel and heatable capability — are basically a spa for the feet. To warm them up for the cooler months, simply place them in a microwave and adjust the time based on the wattage of the oven. (See directions on the package.) The shoes also offer an aromatherapeutic treatment; each slipper is filled with all-natural grain and dried French lavender. Its sister, Warmies’ Cozy Body slippers, was featured by FN last year before the peak winter season.
To buy: Intelex Plush Slippers; $25 per pair, 20% off with code OPRAH; Amazon.com.
Sorel Out ‘n’ About Puffy Boots
Sorel’s puffy pair comes with an EVA footbed for sneaker-like comfort as well as thick microfleece insulation and a waterproof boot construction. According to the Canadian brand, the shoes are best worn in heavy rain and light snow — supported by a vulcanized rubber midsole and outsole. Early last month, Sorel memorably sent models on a mile-long walk through the rain as part of a fashion show in New York City, further proving that its boots can withstand any weather condition.
To buy: Sorel Out ‘n’ About Puffy Boots, $140-$240; Amazon.com.
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