When I first started having foot problems, one of the things my podiatrist told me was I had to limit my time being barefoot. Those of you who’ve dealt with plantar fasciitis literally feel my pain. He handed me a discount coupon for crocks and sent me on my way. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled. Actually, I was depressed. Being barefoot in my own home, or wearing cozy socks in the winter made me feel free. I thought about what would happen when having friends over who would naturally kick off their shoes, while I would be forced to walk around with the unfortunate crocks I was wincing at on the brochure. I HAD to wear shoes in the house and I had no idea how to go about this. Fortunately, something came to me…
I saw my rarely worn mocassins sitting in the corner of my apartment.
Mocassins are a classic, casual staple. Living in Southern California, you see them all the time. I saw people wearing them out with casual or bohemian outfits, and I saw people who wore slipper versions inside. So I went on the hunt for a mocassin type slipper. I first started with an orthotic pair that was very expensive and turned out to be my least favorite pair I’ve tried so far. I actually found that cheaper, department store mocassins when paired with the insoles I wear with my flat shoes- talked about in a previous post (Dr. Scholls Pain Relief Orthotic Insoles for Heel Pain for Women) worked perfectly. I believe I first bought some from Boscovs when visiting family on the east coast.
Now I buy Target’s “Women’s Chaia Suede Slippers” by Gilligan & O’Malley. They are genuine suede leather mocassins with fur lining and the most comfortable, house shoe I have found when paired with the Dr. Scholl’s insole. And get this: THEY’RE ONLY $29.99. So naturally, every year, when they come back in season and back in the stores- which is NOW (August – October), I buy a new pair. The fur lining is warm enough to use as a slipper to keep your feet cozy and warm in the winter, but not too warm that you can’t wear them in the summer. The bottoms have a rubber traction outsole so you don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding. I like the tan and chestnut colors because they’re neutral and classic. I’m usually a 7 1/2 when I pair insoles with flat shoes, but with these, I buy the 8’s (they only come in whole sizes). I have read reviews that most people had to size up as well. For those of you who may have missed these seasonal slippers this year, though I have not tried them myself, I have also seen mocassin slippers by Minnetonka that look very similar.
So there you have it! Those are my go-to house shoes for those of us who can’t go too long without the proper support.
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