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Covid-19 Quarantine Life

Must-Haves for Working From Home: House Shoes

Are you wearing shoes at home? It seems there are two camps out there, people who are wearing shoes to feel “dressed”, and those who have spent the entirety of the Covid-19 quarantine barefoot or in slippers. Two+ months in, your back will thank you for the support of some cute at-home shoes.

Pre-pandemic, the sneaker trend was supposedly on the wane in favor of high heels. But now…You know which brand’s sales have skyrocketed? Birkenstock, an RLS favorite.

Happy shopping!

Slip-on Sneakers

There is something so casual and laid-back about the slip-on sneaker. The simplicity and ease of the slip-on sneaker is way more appropriate right now than the fancy pants trendy “Dad” sneakers of past seasons. However, simple does not have to be boring. How about tie-dye or metallic? Comfort rules here but you will also be in style.

Jenni Kayne Suede Lounger Sneaker, $165

Naturalizer Selah Slip-On Sneaker, $89.95

Sorel Ella Slip-On Flat, $89.95

JSlides Heidi Platform Slip-On Sneaker, $144.95

Bernie Mev TW37 Slip-On Sneaker, $69.95

Madewell Sidewalk Tie Dye Recycled Canvas Slip-On Sneaker, $68

Sole Society Belynda Mule Sneaker, $79.95

Naturalizer Jade Slip-On Sneaker, $88.95


Summer is the season of sandals of course. One, you want a comfortable sandal of course. Two, you want a sandal design you love and will keep on loving. Most of these sandal styles are classics, even if they have a little bit of pizzazz. Invest in a summer sandal you can wear for multiple seasons. I can’t pick a favorite, I love all of the choices below so much! I am particularly struck by the combination of comfort and chic neutrality of the Naturalizer Kellie Slide Sandal. Kyle and I are evangelists for the comfort of the Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slide Sandal. I’ve been obsessed with the FitFlop Pilar Leather Slide Platforms, $140 ever since we wrote The 2020 Spring Comfort Shoe Shopping Guide. And how cute is the rainbow colorway of Madewell’s The Meg Slide Sandal?

Jenni Kayne Shearling Slide Sandal, $325

Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slide Sandal, $44.95

Sarto by Franco Sarto Bordo Slide Sandal, $98.95

Gentle Souls Signature Giselle Slide Sandal, $139.95

Vince Glyn Slide Sandal, $250

FitFlop Pilar Leather Slide Platforms, $140

Birdies The Sparrow, $95

Sam Edelman Gunner Beaded Slide Sandal, $110

Madewell The Meg Slide Sandal, $98

Naturalizer Kellie Slide Sandal, $88.95

Eileen Fisher Edge Slide Sandal, $195

Camper Casi Myra Slide Sandal, $119.95

Mephisto Norie Slide Sandal, $148.95

Slides and Mules

Mules have been a trend for a number of years now but I have not bitten because they are so specific a style, they just didn’t make sense to me. That doesn’t stop me from constantly lusting after cute pairs of mules for style’s sake! However, I can never justify the purchase with how few times I would wear them. Now that we are all home, mules suddenly seem so practical! And I bet everyone who invested in the Gucci shearing mule, the most decadent of them all, is feeling a little less silly.

Gucci Princetown Genuine Shearling Loafer Mule, $995

Madewell The Cory Mule, $44

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Clog, $144.95

Birdies The Songbird, $95

Lucky Brand Delsha Mule, $88.95

Gucci Pericle Square Toe Mule, $695

Vagabond Shoemakers Layla Mule, $119.95

Dr. Scholl’s Maker Mule, $99.95

Coconuts by Matisse Island Mule, $77.95

Clarks Pure Blush Mule, $99.95

Dr. Scholl’s Freya Mule, $99.95


Flats are a little bit more “shoe” than our other choices, but bear with me here 🙂 The secret to an at-home flat lies in it’s combination of comfort and style. You don’t need as much support as if you were walking 5 miles a day and you don’t want anything that is going to make too much noise for your downstairs neighbors. A flat does have the power of really making you feel “dressed” though, so don’t overlook this at-home shoe option.

Schutz Arissa Square Toe Ballet Flat, $119.95

Naturalizer Lorna Collapsible Heel Loafer, $88.95

Birdies The Starling, $140

Sam Edelman Khloe Espadrille Flat, $79.95

Rothy’s Point Flat in Marigold, $145

Everlane Day Glove, $128


Or you could just wear slippers. I wear my mink sport slides, which are my version of slippers, all the time. I know many people living in their Ugg slippers, which keep your feet cozy and have great support. I’ve been lusting after the Jenni Kayne slippers all season but have not tried them on. How funny is the Loewe Embellished Foot Slipper? We just couldn’t help ourselves!

Jenni Kayne Suede Moroccan Slipper, $245

Jenni Kayne Shearling Mock Clog, $375

Ugg Shearling Slipper, $119.95

FitFlop Chrissie Slipper, $59.90

What do you wear on your feet when you are home? Do you wear slip-on sneakers, sandals, mules, flats, or slippers? Or do you just go barefoot? Let us know!

Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio

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