An Ode to Slipper Sandals: The Only Shoes I’m Wearing Right Now

As more and more people work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, workwear is getting a whole new look. For many women, blouse, trouser and heel combos have been transformed into sweatsuit, sock and slipper equivalents.

While dressing down may make you feel slightly less productive, it’s hard to deny that this cozy culture — what the Scandinavians prize as “hygge” — can breed a sense of safety during uncertain times. But with temperatures slowly starting to rise, plush winter favorites like woolen slippers and thick indoor booties just aren’t filling the bill. That’s where, for me, slipper sandals are heaven-sent.

I bought Ugg’s version of the slipper sandal, called the Fluff Yeah slide, when it first launched in the summer of 2018. At the time, I was living in student housing in New York City. Not only was my dorm room tiny, but I could never seem to figure out how to operate the AC during those sweltering months. At home, I needed a way to keep my feet clean from the dust of decades-old carpets without sending my body into hyperthermia. Uggs’s style offered the perfect solution.

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The UGG Fluff Yeah Slide in black.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Ugg

As its name indicates, the slide is open at the toe and heel, creating good aeration. And while this fuzzy foot warmer may look like a sweat-trapper, it actually isn’t. In fact, it’s covered entirely with sheepskin, which is cozy yet naturally moisture-wicking. On top of that, the sandal features a 1.5-inch platform for extra height, a supersoft footbed and an elastic slingback strap to keep feet locked in.

Since that fateful summer day, these slippers have traveled with me everywhere — they are now cuddling my feet as I work remotely from my childhood home in Georgia (I, like many New Yorkers, decided to flee the Big Apple for a less populated area). Amid the juxtaposition of mom’s familiar home cooking and the uneasiness that creeps in, given the world’s current critical condition, I find myself yearning for a sense of normalcy. The best I can do for now, though, take the necessary precautions and enjoy time with loved ones, all while embracing the Southern humidity in my cozy slipper sandals.

If you’re also seeking coziness without enduring sweaty feet, give Ugg’s Fluff Yeah slides, or any one of these slipper sandals here, a try. Their silhouettes vary, but all offer notable comfort features like cushioned footbeds and slip-resistant outsoles. Bonus: Some are even on sale.

Jessica Simpson Plush Slides

These adorable lemon-embroidered slides feature memory foam cushioning and a faux fur lining for ultimate comfort. Meanwhile, a textured outsole offers great grip on hardwood floors.

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Jessica Simpson Plush slides.
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To Buy: Jessica Simpson Plush Slides, $19.

Minnetonka Olivia Spa Flip-Flops

Minnetonka’s cushioned spa-style slipper offers a flip-flop design to keep feet extra cool. They’re also lined with moisture-absorbing fleece, which makes them a great option to slip into when stepping out of the shower.

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Minnetonka Olivia Spa flip-flops.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

To Buy: Minnetonka Olivia Spa Flip-Flops, $40

Tempur-Pedic Geana Slippers

Known for its luxury memory foam pillows and mattresses, Tempur-Pedic offers a plush slide with an adjustable strap for a customized fit. It also comes with a flexible indoor-outdoor sole.

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Tempur-Pedic Geana slippers.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

To Buy: Tempur-Pedic Geana Slippers, $40.

Karl Lagerfeld Ikonic Slippers

Topped with a logolike image of iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld, these slides effortlessly blend style and comfort. The fluffy polyester material offers a soft feel while letting your feet breathe.

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Karl Lagerfeld Ikonic slippers.
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To Buy: Karl Lagerfeld Ikonic Slippers, $115.

Billabong Furenzy Slippers

These simple slides are wrapped with soft sherpa to wick away moisture and keep feet comfortable.

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Billabong Furenzy slippers.
CREDIT: Zapoos

To Buy: Billabong Furenzy Slippers, $26 was $33

Vionic Indulge Relax Slippers

Designed by podiatrists, these Vionic slippers feature a molded footbed and arch support to align with your natural step. Their microfiber-covered footbed creates a breathable base for everyday wear.

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Vionic Indulge Relax slippers.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

To Buy: Vionic Indulge Relax Slippers, $65.

Koolaburra by Ugg Ballia Slippers

Built with a 0.5-inch platform and grippy outsole, these cross-strap faux fur slides are easy to wear both indoors and out.

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Koolaburra by Ugg Ballia slippers.
CREDIT: Amazon

To Buy: Koolaburra by Ugg Ballia Slippers, $30

Cobian Morning Bliss Slippers

Cobian doesn’t call this style “Morning Bliss” for nothing. These slippers feature a dual-density footbed that’s lined with cozy faux fur and provides arch support for ultimate comfort.

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Cobian Morning Bliss slippers.
CREDIT: Zappos

To Buy: Cobian Morning Bliss Slippers, $28.

Acorn Ragg Slippers

A soft wool lining allows feet to breathe in these knit-embellished flip-flop slippers.

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Acorn Ragg slippers.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

To Buy: Acorn Ragg Slippers, $40

Sorel Hadley Slides

Sorel’s faux fur slides elevate any laid-back look with their chic puffy straps. Meanwhile, the style’s minimalist lining keeps the foot comfortable without swaddling it too much.

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Sorel Hadley slides.

To Buy: Sorel Hadley Slides, $36 was $60.

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