6 Flat Shoes That Are Almost as Comfortable as Slippers

Emma Spedding

This week at home I am alternating between two pairs of shoes—my sparkly UGG slippers and my M&S ballet pumps that I'd argue are just as comfortable as the former. I've found myself wearing my ballet flats in working hours in an effort to 'still get dressed' in the mornings, without compromising on comfort.

When it comes to spring flats there are six styles in particular that are comfortable, but still have the same 'chuck-on' appeal of an old pair of slippers. Admittedly several of the pairs on this list will require a period for 'breaking in', but once you have softened the leather on your flip flops and loafers and your feet have adjusted to the shift to sandals from boots, they'll be shoes you can walk 10,000 steps in. 

On this list you'll find shoes that will span several different price brackets—my £35 M&S shoes are without a doubt the comfiest things I've ever put on my feet (I have three pairs), while I've also included some favourites at the higher end, such as Proenza Shouler's collaboration with Birkenstock and Gucci's iconic loafers.

Keep scrolling for the six styles of flats that I think are just as comfy as slippers.

1. Ballet Flats

Ballet pumps are perhaps the comfiest flats you can find, and ones with an almond toe and high cut silhoutte look particularly elevated.

M&S Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)

Topshop Cream Leather Soft Ballet Flat Shoes (£35)

Porte & Paire Chain-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats (£190)

2. Loafers

Loafers can be tricky to wear in, but once you've soften the leather they'll be comfortable flats you'll treasure for years.

Arket Leather Loafers (£135)

Aeyde Croc Loafers (£220)

Porte & Paire Croc-Effect Leather Loafers (£190)

3. Chunky Sandals

Sturdy chunky sandals, such as Birkenstocks and two-strap, thick-sole sandals, are some of my favourite throw-on shoes. 

Proenza Schouler + Birkenstock Arizona Topstitched Glossed-Leather Sandals (£330)

Who What Wear Collection Axel Snakeskin-Print Faux-Leather Sandals (£72)

& Other Stories Criss Cross Leather Slip On Sandals (£59)

4. Flip Flops

Admittedly these will take a little time to wear in, as flip flops can lead to blisters between the toe—but once you've cracked them, they'll be a trusty pair of throw-on shoes.

The Row Ginza Leather Platform Flip Flops (£725)

TKEEs Lily Matte-Leather Flip Flops (£40)

ASOS Design Leather Flip Flops in Brown (£16)

5. Backless Flats

Backless flats really give you a 'slipper' feel, and so are an at-home winner.

Gucci Brixton Black Horsebit Leather Loafers (£540)

Staud Gina Croc-Effect Leather Slippers (£210)

Arket Flat Leather Mules (£125)

6. Pumps

Sometimes you just can't beat a pair of simple trainers—Converse, Vejas and simple white lace-up tennis shoes are my favourites.

Veja Esplar Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers (£90)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Canvas High-Top Sneakers (£70)

& Other Stories Eytys Mother Canvas (£80)

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2020. 

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