5 Flat Shoes That Are Almost as Comfortable as Slippers

Emma Spedding
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This year working at home, I have been alternating between two pairs of shoes: my sparkly Ugg slippers and my Marks and Spencer 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 flats, there are certain styles 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 loafers and your feet have adjusted, they'll be shoes you can walk 10,000 steps in—or from your desk to the kettle and back.

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), and 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 five 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 silhouette look particularly elevated.

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

Loewe Leather Ballet Flats (£525)

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

2. Loafers

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

Arket Leather Loafers (£135)

Aeyde Aurora Croc-Effect Leather Loafers (£245)

Gucci Brixton Horsebit-Detailed Leather Collapsible-Heel Loafers (£540)

3. Chunky Sandals

Sturdy, chunky sandals, such as Birkenstocks and two-strap, thick-sole sandals, are some of my favourite throw-on shoes. While we might still be in boot season, these are still perfect for working at home.

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

Who What Wear Axel Snakeskin-Print Faux-Leather Sandals (£69)

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

4. Shoes That Are Basically Slippers

The Row has created shoes that are basically slippers, and there's been a rise in cashmere ballet flats and cosy slippers that you can also wear outside of the house.

Skin Cashmere Ballet Flats (£90)

The Row Friulane Textured-Leather Slippers (£600)

Skin Cashmere Ballet Flats (£90)

5. 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 V-Lock Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers (£120)

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

& Other Stories Trainers (£59)

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn winter 2020.

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