Our communities are at various levels of lockdown in order to minimize the spread of the novel Coronavirus. This means that most of us are working or staying at home for weeks or months. We shared our at home work styles across five levels last week, and today we’re going to get specific about footwear.
Our at home footwear styles will differ greatly depending on the comfort needs of our feet, our activities, and whether we allow outside shoes indoors. Some wear regular “outside shoes” at home, which makes things easy because there’s no switcheroo. Others change into shoes that they only wear at home like bedroom slippers, house shoes with arch support, Birkenstocks, Uggs, sneakers, ballet flats, slides, FitFlops, or flip-flops. Some wear socks or footies without shoes, and others go barefoot.
I recently asked YLF forum members what they wear on their feet at home, and their responses are in the collection below. Those who need arch support tend to wear a harder shoe with supportive soles and footbeds. Some prefer soft cushioning comfort with minimal support, and others like to slide in fun socks. Some run warmer and wear flip-flops or go barefoot. These are their tried-and-tested at home footwear styles, and there is quite the assortment. Their recommendations might be just what you’re looking for with many colours to choose from.
We do not wear our outside shoes inside our home, so we change into slippers or house shoes. I prefer to wear shoes because our floors are hard and my feet get cold. Hubs Greg and I both wear Camper Wabi slippers — grey for him and light blue for me. Sometimes Greg switches to Allbirds and Converse sneakers that are only worn at home. This is our fourth week staying at home, and I’m feeling the need for more arch support than my Camper slippers so that my feet don’t get sore. So I pulled out two pairs of brand new duplicated sneakers that I had boxed in my wardrobe as spares. I’ve dedicated both pairs to wear at home only until the pandemic passes. A pair of Modern Classic vanilla metallic Ecco Soft 7 sneakers, and a pair of trendy Steve Madden chunky Seinfeld sneakers, just to change things up. My feet are welcoming the support, and visually, they look better than slippers with my outfits! Here are the exact slippers and sneakers that I’m wearing as we isolate and practice social distancing.
Over to you. What’s your at home footwear style, and how does it differ to mine?