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 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 silhouette look particularly elevated.
M&S Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)
Aeyde Betty Leather Trousers (£225)
Filippa K Rey Flats (£205)
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)
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.
Birkenstock 1774 Arizona Sandals (£310)
Zara Flats with Buckles (£46)
Hush Woodstock Leather Flatform Slider Sandals (£69)
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.
Porte & Paire Shearling Loafers (£190)
Anthropologie Ashleigh Felted Wool Clogs (£55)
The Row Friulane Textured-Leather Slippers (£600)
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 (£62)
Superga 2730 Sneakers (£59)
Anyone whose prone to getting blisters at the backs of their heels will tell you that mules have been their saviour. Look for closed-toe styles to carry you though spring.
Manolo Blahnik Ballerimu Bow-Detail Suede Mules (£535)
Zara Braided Mules with Tassels (£20)
Aquazzara Twist Faille-Trimmed Mules (£500)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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