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Rainstoppers: Best Waterproof Riding Jeans And Trousers

Published: 31 August 2023 Updated: 31 August 2023

Best waterproof jeans


When we talk about waterproof jeans, we don't necessarily mean they are made from denim. Riding jeans are trousers that are more jeans-like in their cut and fit rather than larger and more adjustable touring-style trousers, for example.

They are intended to be worn a little snugger than touring-style trousers and from a distance, look like a pair of regular jeans, especially if they are single layer.

Many riders prefer the fit of snugger jeans and pair them with a more spacious jacket, for example, enjoying the better feel for the bike they get through the tighter trousers that don't move so much between them and the seat or tank.

Waterproof jeans can be made from denim, textile material or even leather. While leather is rarely full waterproof, it can be paired with textile material and membranes to achieve decent water repellence.

Both denim and textile jeans can be made to shed water, either with surface treatments, membranes or both.

Here is a selection of waterproof jeans that will keep you dry if the weather turns.

Price: £300 (was £429.00)

These traditional leather jeans have been treated with a durable water-repellent and feature a temperature-regulating Outlast liner for year-round comfort. They are also AAA rated with CE level 2 armour at the hip and knee, and a matching jacket is available to complete the outfit. ... Read less

Rrp: £99.99 Price: £89.99 These waterproof jeans from Richa are a narrow fit and are made with an Airdura outer later backed with a waterproof and breathable membrane to keep the rider dry and comfortable. ... Read less There is a removable thermal liner for chilly rides and two pockets on the front of the trousers. They are CE A-rated and come with Level-1 armour in the knees that can be adjusted to suit different leg lengths. There is also a zip to join them to matching Richa jackets. CE Rating: A Armour rating: L1 Price: £74.99 (was £99.99) RST's Synchro textile waterproof jeans are formed from the company's MaxTex outer material with Ballistic reinforcements to give additional strength when it comes to abrasion resistance and structural strength. There's a stretch panel at the back of the waist, waist adjusters and two pockets located on the front. ... Read less They are CE A-rated and come with Level-1 armour in the knees. There's a removable thermal liner as well as the company's own SinAqua breathable and waterproof membrane. CE rating: A Armour rating: L1 Price: £329.99 (was £359.99) These sporty leather waterproof jeans from Wise are made from genuine 1.2-1.4mm Monaco leather and feature Keprotech stretch panels in the crotch, inner leg and the calf that, along with the pre-curved leg design, give a perfect fit on the bike. ... Read less They also feature a full Reissa waterproof and breathable lining that is removable in case things get warm and the rider wants additional cooling airflow thanks to the waterproof-zip protected thigh vents. There are two external pockets, two zips to join to Weise jackets and reflective piping to improve visibility at night. CE rating: AA Armour rating: Level-1 Price: £41.24 (was £54.99) I really like these unisex over jeans. Whereas most waterproofs can be garish, these are more subtle, but do have the benefit of Reflectra on the leg so you can still be seen at night. They also pack down well and are a great addition to my essentials on the ride. I've been lucky enough to only need them a handful of times during my time with them, and on 99% of occasions they have seen me through well. ... Read less Unfortunately, on my last trip out the heavens opened more than expected, and I was caught in a severe downpour that the trousers couldn't quite cope with, leaving me with a damp seat-area (at least I was on my way home.) But, during short wet spells or light showers the taped seams have kept the water out of the normal places and have worked a treat. To prolong their life, I think I'll give them a go over with some waterproof spray and see how that affects them. In terms of fit, the elasticated waistband means you can throw them over most trousers, but unfortunately even with the ankle gussets open I had to take my boots off to get the waterproofs on. They come in four sizes, XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL, 3XL+ and the waistband has a lot of give so no worries there. Also, while being worn, I would have liked a few more inches on the leg length. When seated and wearing ankle boots, there is a definite risk of water going into the top of the boot – something I experienced first-hand. But if you're a long-boot wearer then this isn't a problem. Away from the rain, I've found these a handy layer when the wind picks up. As a result, they kept me very warm when needed and I've used them as a layer even when there was nothing but blue skies. Contrary to what you would imagine, these denim jeans from Route One are waterproof, thanks to a Reissa waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane bonded to the denim outer as well as a water-repellent treatment on the outside surface. ... Read less In addition, there is aramid lining in each of the impact zones and an all-over mesh lining for airflow for ventilation. There is Level-2 armour in the knees and pockets for optional hip armour and there are pockets front and rear. CE rating: Unknown Armour rating: L2 Price: £119.99 (was £199.99) These jeans from Merlin are made in waxed cotton yet are formed in a traditional snug-fit style. They feature a Reissa waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane as well as a fixed mesh lining to promote further airflow. ... Read less They also have a removable thermal liner for chilly rides and have pre-curved knees for extra comfort when sat on the bike. They also feature a short zip to join with matching Merlin jackets and come with CE approved knee and hip armour. CE rating: Unknown Armour rating: Unknown (CE approved) Price: £119.99 (was £219.99) The Orlando waterproof jeans for ladies from Rev'It are formed in stretch polycotton denim and cut to look like a regular pair of five-pocket jeans. They feature PRW shielding layers in key areas, the seat and knees, for additional abrasion resistance and come with Level-1 Knee armour as well as pockets for optional hip armour. ... Read less They feature a waterproof and breathable laminate membrane to keep the water out and the rider comfortable and side and rear seams are triple-stitched for strength. CE rating: Unknown Armour rating: L1 As with all motorcycle clothing, look for the CE certification to show that the waterproof jeans you're considering have been approved as PPE (personal protective equipment). The highest level is AAA, offering the greatest resistance to abrasion and impacts, which drops to AA, then A. Knee and hip protectors should also be CE approved, and come in either Level 1 or the higher Level 2.

The 12 Very Best Black Work Pants For Women

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If you're back in the office IRL but struggling to figure out what to wear, the easiest answer to the question "What's work appropriate anymore?" is (still) a pair of black pants — there's no workhorse quite like them. Before I officially started working from home, I had a drawer dedicated to them; they symbolized "I mean business" in a way my jeans never could. They instantly elevate a basic T-shirt. With a matching blazer, they become corporate-core. The black-trousers-and-white-button-down combo is a classic. But even though there's no shortage of black pants out there, it can be hard to find a pair that you won't want to rip off after the workday (not to mention the commute). I should know — I've tried out so many that could barely put in a hard day's work. Read on to find out about the ones that actually earned a good performance review, and for recommendations from women who practically live in black pants (at least during business hours).

One shortfall that's strikingly apparent when you start shopping for work pants: Not many are made in plus sizes. It was important for us to feature pants that come in a wide range of sizes — and that includes those with different inseams. So you'll see the inseam lengths of each pair noted, below, to accommodate a number of heights.

A work pant has to wear nicely and look polished even after the standard eight-hour workday; how well it does this depends on what it's made of. Polyester is popular, in no small part because it's machine washable. Linen lets your legs breathe. Crepe won't crinkle easily. For every recommendation, we listed the main material that makes up a pair.

For comfort's sake, most work pants will have some amount of elastane or spandex. Just like jeans, the 2 percent stretch mark should be enough, says style coach Kim Hancher — anything too far above that can look like technical fabric (as in exercise gear), which could break unofficial business-casual rules. Each pair is marked as either not stretchy, stretchy, or very stretchy.

The work-pants space isn't known for its inventiveness — "tailored" is the name of the game. Some options can feel a little too buttoned up, however, so I described the cut of the legs so you can get the vibe you're going for…

…and called out any interesting details, such as menswear-inspired pleating or cuffed hems to show some ankle.

A five-day work wardrobe can come with a high price tag. Sure, you can invest in Eileen Fisher, but Everlane can do pretty well, too. This list was designed to be as affordable as possible, with each pick designated as either $ ($100 and under), $$ (between $100 and $150), or $$$ ($150 and up).

Sizes:  0–20 with 25- (petite), 27-inch (regular) inseams (tall not listed)Material: PolyesterStretch: Very stretchyCut: Slimmer straight-legDesign: Elastic-back waistbandPrice: $

I wore black work pants almost every day of the week before the first "WFH until TBD" memo. This habit means I've tried many — including pairs from Loft, J.Crew, H&M, and Cos, to name a few — but no company does work pants better than Banana Republic. Its trousers make me feel like the Working Girl career woman I wish I was. (I'm not the only one who agrees: Parsons School of Design fashion marketing student Tammy Lee wears her Averys like a uniform.)

Of all the work pants I own, none have been put through the ringer like my Haydens. They did especially well on my pre-pandemic commute — somehow surviving the car ride, NJ Transit, subway, and walk to work and back. Nowadays, they just move from my desk upstairs to my table downstairs — but make me look much more put-together than the sleep shorts I usually wear. That's because these have a bit of a trompe l'oeil effect: The flat front and faux fly make them look traditional, but the pants have an elastic waistband in the back that's easily hidden with a blazer. (My co-workers never noticed I was wearing glorified sweatpants.) I'm five-foot-one, and in terms of fit, the pants were full-length when I bought them in the "regular" length, which has an inseam of 27 inches. (I could still wear flats with them.) I also have them in "petite" (the inseam is two inches shorter), which hits right about at my ankle. Having both lengths lets me change up my work uniform. Last time I checked, I owned five pairs of Haydens. (And these have become a best seller with our readers, in case you needed another reason to stock up.) You can almost always count on them being on sale, too.

$54 at Banana Republic Factory


Sizes: 14–28 with 27-(petite), 29- (regular), and 31-inch (tall) inseamsMaterial: CottonStretch: Very stretchyCut: Straight-legDesign details: Hook-and-bar closure with hidden button, flat front pocketsPrice: $

Eloquii was the most mentioned brand in our guide to plus-size work pants, with several experts saying it's their go-to for workwear. The Kady pant was name-checked twice. Lifestyle blogger Ashley Carter calls them high quality, adding that the fabric allows them to keep their shape, something that can be hard to find in plus sizes. The Kady is the company's "signature work pant" (with its own dedicated page featuring rows of the style in a rainbow of hues) and one of its best sellers. Content creator Ashby Vose appreciates that the pants come in three cuts designed for different body types: Classic (which we're featuring here) for hourglass shapes; Viola for those who are more pear-shaped; and Gena for anyone with a fuller midsection and narrower hips and thighs. (The Viola and Gena also go up to a size 28, one size more than the Classic.) And while the "regular" inseam comes in at 29 inches, you can also choose between long (31 inches) and short (27 inches).

$48 at Eloquii


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Sizes: 0–16 with 27- (short), 29- (regular), and 31-inch (tall) inseamsMaterial: CrepeStretch: Not stretchyCut: Wide-legDesign details: Front pleats with some drapePrice: $$

Aritzia was popular among our panelists. And the Effortless pant lives up to its name — the high-waisted, wide-leg, and full-length trousers are easy to wear, well, anywhere. They're a favorite of interior designer Gillian Segal, who pairs them with the brand's matching oversize blazers for a power-suit look. (The pants are made with a drapey Japanese crepe the brand calls "crepette," which adds to their easygoingness.) Outside of office hours, Segal will wear them with either a bodysuit and heels or sneakers and a hoodie for "a Hailey Bieber–style moment."

Personal stylist Allie McKenna agrees that "everyone loves the Effortless" (the pants have also made the rounds with the TikTok crowd), but she prefers a different Aritzia style: the Alanyas. They're not "the Audrey Hepburn classic black trousers," she says, but they're super-comfortable with a little more room at the waist than the Effortless pant. Meanwhile, Lara Mahler, founder of wedding-planning company The Privilege is Mine, recommends Aritzia's Chopins — she's sometimes on her feet for 12 hours at a time and says they don't get creased. (Another wide-leg that's a favorite of mine is the Athleta Stellar Wide Crop. These are almost sold out at the moment, though stock does come and go often. They have similar pleating to the Effortless with more stretchiness that makes for the most elegant "athletic" pants. I like to wear them on back-to-back video-meeting days when I want to be comfortable but pulled together.

Sizes: 2–14 with a 28-inch inseamMaterial: WoolStretch: Not stretchyCut: Wide-legDesign details: Front pleats, back darts, concealed adjustable-button tabPrice: $$

Though these pants have traditional tailored features like front pleats and back darts, there's more slouchiness to the wide leg. "The bagginess means they are exceptionally comfortable," explains Strategist associate editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell, who's currently in a self-imposed "anti-jeans era." She describes how they balloon enough to skim over her hips — a look she usually can't find as someone who's curvier, because many pants aren't cut generously enough. Their wearability also comes down to the adjustable waistband, with buttons — one on each side of the hips with three closure options — you can shuffle through to get the right fit. "You can decide whether you want to wear the pants low-rise or on the waist," she says. "But it's also a great feature for the proportionally blessed." Milliner-Waddell has been sporting the pair in the New York office and notes that in between trips to the dry cleaner, a quick pass with an iron will take out any wrinkling. And since this story was last updated, Cos has introduced petite inseams in these pants, designed for people who are 5-foot-4 and under. (Just note that these sizes sell out fast, as I've learned from past experience.)

Sizes: 00–18 with a 25.5-inch inseamMaterial: WoolStretch: Very stretchyCut: Slim-cut, suit-style legDesign details: Hook-and-zip closure, front slant pocketsPrice: $$$

Theory's Treecas "are the business-casual equivalent to the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans," says Catherine Smart, co-founder of Not Just Co. These have the slightest of crops, hitting right above her ankle on her five-foot-four frame, with a "flatteringly narrow" cut that doesn't "date me as an aging millennial," she jokes. Smart credits these tailored trousers with helping her navigate corporate workwear — before starting her own business, she worked as a personal chef. The pants are modeled after formal pantsuits while featuring a slimmer-cut leg. Made from wool, they "smooth out lumps and bumps," but the generous amount of elastane in them has a "glorious give" — without the "sad saggy bum" appearance that sometimes happens with other pairs," Smart explains. Plus, the deep pockets also hide sweaty palms when she's been schmoozing.

Sizes:  XXS–XXXXL with a 27.5-inch inseamMaterial: Cotton and modalStretch: Very stretchyCut: Tapered, relaxed legDesign details: Pintuck detailing, elastic waistbandPrice: $

Everlane's Dream Pant came to marketer Sloan Symington in a moment of desperation, after returning from parental leave and searching for a pair with the look of slacks and feel of sweats. These have a surprising ultrastretchiness, which is camouflaged by the tailored, tapered leg. "You'd never know I was wearing such comfy pants," Symington says. I second those thoughts — in testing these while working from home, I didn't feel like I was wearing "work pants" at all. You can loosen the elastic through a hidden cord on the waistband — or tighten it (which I did whenever I wanted to feel more held in). These are made from a double-knit cotton and modal blend, which makes them weightier in the way that really well-made sweatpants are. The pants are probably not what you want to wear if you're commuting in the middle of the summer — but they will keep you from freezing your butt off whenever the AC's on full blast. And the best part about the fabric is that it doesn't really wrinkle — though I'd suggest having a lint roller on hand since little fuzz sometimes can show.

Sizes: XS–XL with 26- and 29-inch inseamsMaterial: Recycled polyesterStretch: Very stretchyCut: Track-pant-style legDesign details: Zippered front pockets, hidden drawstringPrice: $

Though these were the most-mentioned pair of pants I heard about, the Zephyrs lean toward athleisure — reminiscent of old-school sweats — which might not work in some corporate circles. Still, I thought the Zephyrs deserved a spot on this list because, if you can get away with wearing them, you should. (It helps that the tapered leg makes them more tailored than typical track pants.)

Her Place founder Joyce Lee wears them for work and working out. Though they are billed for exercise — breathable with drapey legs and flexible with an elastic waistband — she calls them "the perfect everyday pant." The fabric is even wrinkle-free, which makes them ideal if you're traveling for work — "I wouldn't need to change my outfit after landing for a meeting," says Lee. Emma Wartzman, Strategist kitchen and dining writer, adds that they are the "epitome of comfy but put-together" and "easy as can be to clean." Strategist managing editor Kelsie Schrader is another Zephyr convert, commuting with them to the office without ending up "drenched in sweat" when she arrives at her desk.

$88 at Outdoor Voices


Sizes: 23–34, with plus ranging from 16W–26W with 24- (petite) and 26-inch (standard) inseams (plus, an unlisted "tall" inseam)Material: ViscoseStretch: StretchyCut: Wide-legDesign: Patch pockets, front zipPrice: $$$

Traditionally, ponte pants are slimmer through the leg. But this pair from one of Anthropologie's in-house lines features a flare that kicks out through the knees. Helen Patrikis, founder of public-relations firm HP-PR, likes that they hug along the hips. She calls her Colettes "wardrobe warriors" for holding their shape, not wrinkling, and packing well. Their versatility is what makes them work so well, according to Patrikis, with a classic silhouette punched up with patch pockets. The Colettes come in a number of versions as well, including in corduroy and faux leather — or patterned with polka dots — if you're looking for something more statement-making.

$120 at Anthropologie


Sizes: 00–40 with a 27-inch inseamMaterial: RayonStretch: Very stretchyCut: Legging-style legDesign details: Option of zipper on hem or no zipperPrice: $$$

The Moros from Universal Standard — one of our favorite places for not-boring basics — have appeared twice in our archives. The first time was courtesy of freelance editor (and Strategist contributor) Maya Kosoff, who was pants-allergic until she tried these on. Unlike other bottoms that would leave her "contemplating a life that involves never wearing pants," the Moros have a waistband that lays flat around her hips and cuffs that taper perfectly around her ankles. "When I tried them on, I liked them so much I (yes) tweeted about them," Kosoff says. The second was when life coach Reneice Charles told us that the Moros are a foundational piece in her wardrobe.

$94 at Universal Standard


Sizes: XXS–XXL with a 27-inch inseamMaterial: CottonStretch: Very stretchyCut: FittedDesign details: No details of notePrice: $

While the conventional wisdom in some corporate circles is to dress up even while working from home, you might not want to, like former Strategist senior writer Casey Lewis. "I am not one of those people, so I'll be WIL — working in leggings — until further notice," she says. This pair from Madewell, which she owns eight of, is what she wears practically from morning to night. What's especially impressive about them is their sturdiness, which Lewis describes as substantial but not suppressive. The thick, right-below-the-belly-button waistband doesn't roll down. "It expands comfortably if you're lounging on the couch or working from bed, but it also retains its shape," according to Lewis. And importantly, these aren't see-through so you can rest assured when you take them out to the office. Or go with private chef Stacy Seebode's pick: These Uniqlo jeggings fool everyone who thinks she's wearing jeans. "No, they're stretchy pants for extra comfort — and more eating," she says.

Sizes: 23–33, with 26-, 28-, and 30-inch inseamsMaterial: CottonStretch: StretchyCut: Straight-legDesign: Button fly, five-pocket stylePrice: $

The Wedgies are the jeans we've probably written about the most at the Strategist — and they come in black. Le Whit co-founder Liza Curtiss swears by black Levi's as work pants. The Wedgies in particular are a standout for their high waist, allowing her to wear shirts tucked in or out while always looking polished. "I always feel like I can go anywhere in them," she says. Another bonus is that the pockets are actually deep — important for a self-described "no-purse kinda person." Curtiss also appreciates that they're cropped in a way that hits her just right on the leg — a sentiment we heard before from Tessa Jennifer of Auralie who, as a petite person, describes them "the easiest pair I could perfectly fit into without having to alter the length." Having a choice of three inseam lengths — 26 inches, 28 inches, or 30 inches — will let most people achieve a similar look no matter their height.

Sizes: 0–30 with 27.5- (petite), 29- (regular), and 32-inch (tall) inseamsMaterial: CottonStretch: StretchyCut: Skinny legDesign: Button fly, five-pocket stylePrice: $

If your workspace is more casual than conservative, consider these even cheaper Old Navy jeans. Rolling Stone senior writer Alex Morris admits her job is more dressed down than most, but she loves how comfortable the Rockstars are: "They're tight but also supersoft and stretchy — almost like wearing leggings. And they seem to sort of suck you in in the right places," she says. These have the most range of any of the pants on this list, coming in low- and high-rise styles along with regular, petite, and tall lengths.

• Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of Tenoverten• Ashley Carter, lifestyle blogger• Reneice Charles, writer and life coach• Liza Curtiss, Le Whit co-founder• Kim Hancher, style coach• Tessa Jennifer, founder of Auralie• Maya Kosoff, freelance writer and editor• Joyce Lee, founder of Her Place• Tammy Lee, Parsons School of Design fashion marketing student• Lara Mahler, founder of wedding-planning company The Privilege is Mine• Allie McKenna, personal stylist• Jenna Milliner-Waddell, Strategist associate editor• Alex Morris, Rolling Stone senior writer• Helen Patrikis, founder of public-relations firm HP-PR• Kelsie Schrader, Strategist managing editor• Stacy Seebode, private chef• Gillian Segal, interior designer• Catherine Smart, co-founder of Not Just Co.• Nicole Snow, founder of Darn Good Yarn• Sloan Symington, marketing and strategy director at Stratia Skincare• Ashby Vose, content creator• Emma Wartzman, Strategist kitchen and dining writer

Additional reporting by Lauren Ro

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The 21 Very Best Slippers For Women

In the past few years, Slippers have gone from strictly indoor shoes to almost any footwear you can easily slide on. And whether you're continuing to work from home or not, a pair of slippers is convenient to have on hand for wearing around the house or quick runs to the bodega. To help narrow down the options, I spoke to a podiatrist and some stylish experts (including designers, stylists, and our own writers), dug through our archives of comfy-shoe content, and tested out pairs for myself. In my search, I found slippers for nearly any occasion — from cozy open-toe options for hot summer days to insulated fleece-lined slippers for colder temps.

Since slippers typically don't come in standard shoe sizing, we tried our best to include pairs with a wide range of sizes. We've noted all sizing details, below, from whether they come unisex, include half sizes, or come in wide or narrow options.

Podiatrist Dr. Asim Sayed tells us that support and protection are two of the most important qualities to look for when shopping for slippers. He prefers anything with a rubber outsole because it offers more protection, stability, and control than softer materials, which are "pretty much like big socks." This is especially important if you're planning to wear slippers outside (even just to grab the mail). And if you have neuropathy or are shopping for someone who has it, a firm, hard sole (like rubber) is a must. "People with neuropathy don't feel a lot of things that someone who doesn't have neuropathy feels," Sayed says. "They could have a Lego in their slipper all day long and they wouldn't even know, which leads to wounds, and that can lead to amputations or worse."

This mostly comes down to personal preference. When stylist Savannah White shops for slippers, she looks for "breathable materials that will still insulate and keep you warm." Meanwhile, Sayed says anyone who has a bunion will want slippers made with a forgiving Lining Material (like a breathable mesh) rather than an irritating fabric (like leather). Other experts we spoke to prioritized the durability and weight of their slippers, choosing uppers in sheepskin, suede, or leather.

Because slippers is such a broad term, they come in variations from open-toe sandals to high ankle booties. Sayed tells us a lot of this comes down to personal preference, but he notes that if you have any Achilles-tendon pain or a Haglund's deformity (an enlargement of the bony section of the heel), it's best to stick with an open-back shoe.

The price of slippers runs the gamut from $20 to a couple hundred dollars, depending on the materials they're made of. We focused on worth-it slippers and their more affordable options. Every pair is denoted as either $ (under $100), $$ (under $150), or $$$ (over $150).

Sizing: 5 to 12Outsole material: Cork-infused rubberUpper and lining material: Sheepskin with shearling liningDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $$

The brand UGG is a longtime Strategist favorite. I decided to try these slippers out for myself because they were recommended by other staffers, stylish folks, and even podiatrist Dr. Sayed. The Coquettes have become my go-to house shoes. I grew up in a "no shoes or slippers" household, but these have fully converted me. There's nothing like slipping these on on chilly mornings when I don't want my feet to touch the cold hardwood floor. They're easy to slide on since they have an open back, but they don't flop around because the lining is so fluffy. Because these have a structured, thick rubber sole, I have accidentally worn them out to grab mail or run to the bodega without noticing (until I get home and realize I need to wipe them down). After wearing them almost every day for about four months, they still look and feel brand-new.

Naomi Elizée, a market editor at Vogue and host of the podcast So … What Do You Do Again?, also likes this specific pair for its extra fluffiness. "Whenever I put them on, it feels like a hug, but for my feet," she says. When we spoke to women about their favorite loungewear, writer and model Imani Randolph told us she has been living in her pair, echoing how cozy they are. And stylist Mecca James-Williams, who wears these around the house, appreciates the solid sole for its foot support.

Sizing: 5.5-6 to 10.5-12Outsole material: RubberUpper and lining material: Faux furDesign: Open-toePrice: $

I was recently part of a friend's bridal party, and on the day of the wedding, the bride gifted all of her bridesmaids these fluffy slippers. They were perfect for getting ready in the bridal suite and throwing on at the end of the night post-reception. What's better is that they've become my go-to slippers at home. Once temperatures started to rise and my UGGs were too toasty for my feet, I switched to these. While they aren't as supportive or cushion-y as the Coquettes, that's to be expected, since these cost a tenth of the price. I wouldn't wear these out, but as everyday house slippers, they've held up surprisingly well. The faux fur material is still cozy and the inner lining hasn't rubbed off.

Sizing: S/M and L/XLOutsole material: PlasticUpper and lining material: PolyesterDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $

For a super-affordable pair of house slippers, Maricia Josephs, founding editor of Dream in HD and an associate public relations manager at UGG, turned us on to these from Ikea. She likes that they're "cheap, easy, and great for travel." They only cost a couple bucks, so they're easy to stock up on as a backup pair or as slippers to offer guests. They come in two sizes and are made with cushioned EVA foam insole, a polyester upper layer, and a grippy outsole for added stability.

Sizing: 5 to 15.5Outsole material: 20% recycled EVA, 80% EVAUpper and lining material: 51% cotton, 42% recycled polyester, 7% polyamide upper and 100% recycled polyester liningDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $

Brunch, a New York–based start-up run by two brothers, launched two years ago and sells hotel-inspired shoes. Strategist writers Kitty Guo and Erin Schwartz tested the L'Essential last year to see how they measured up against other new house slippers. Both Schwartz and Guo like that they're durable, warm but not stuffy, and supportive but not orthopedic. "I'd usually switch from house slippers to my Crocs for quick trips down to my apartment building's lobby, but these seem sturdy enough for outside wear," says Schwartz. Guo, who has wide feet, especially likes that they're "really roomy," she says. "I was even able to wear thick socks with them."

Sizing: 5 to 11Outsole material: EVAUpper and lining material: Recycled bambooDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $$

If you prefer a closed-toe slipper that won't lead to sweaty feet, turn to Lusso Cloud's Pelli slippers. Guo, who owns a pair herself, says they're more breathable than the aforementioned Brunch pair because of their construction and material. The upper is made from waffle-knit recycled bamboo stretched over perforated memory foam, promoting air circulation. And, the "Triple Stack Technology" footbed, which consists of three layers of foam, feels "like walking on a cloud," says Guo. The Pelli comes in the widest range of options, including pairs made with suede, terrycloth, leather, and polyester upper materials, and others with shearling lining.

Sizing: One sizeOutsole material: RubberUpper and lining material: CottonDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $

Hay produces plenty of Strategist-approved lighting, storage, and other home goods, so we weren't too surprised to see that it also makes chic house slippers. Stylist Hannah Black says its waffle-knit cotton slides are her favorite inside shoes because they're "comfy, lightweight, absorbent, and inexpensive," adding that they make great gifts for houseguests. The machine-washable slippers come in two fun multicolor combinations that lean kindercore. Be sure to note before purchasing that these come in one size only (4 inches wide and 11 inches long). I'd recommend checking the dimensions of shoes you already own to ensure they fit.

Sizing: 4 to 12.5Outsole material: EVAUpper and lining material: EVADesign: Open-toe with two adjustable strapsPrice: $

Birkenstock's waterproof version of its Arizona slipper has been a staple in my summer wardrobe for about three years now. They're easy to throw on for quick errands and comfortable enough to wear out on longer park days and beach trips without any issues. "Despite being made of lightweight rubberlike material, they've held up remarkably well on New York City sidewalks," says Ouisa creative director and personal stylist Bryn Taylor, who's owned her two pairs for three years. "They feel like nothing on your feet," she says of the shoe's "unbelievably lightweight and comfy" EVA material. Senior graphic designer Hilary Pearson is another fan because she can throw them on post–sweaty workouts. "Getting home from the gym and taking off my sneakers to slip these on is honestly my favorite part of my workout ritual," she says.

Sizing: 6 to 12Outsole material: Proprietary CrosliteUpper and lining material: Proprietary CrosliteDesign: Open-toe with two adjustable strapsPrice: $

For a more affordable pair, Black recommends these Crocs slides. "The easy-to-clean material means you're good to go straight from the shower or even out the door when in a rush," she says, adding that they're perfect for the summer. Reviewers seem to approve of them too, including one regular swimmer who has "tried all kinds of slides." They say these Crocs' "superb" grippy soles are probably the best on the market, and the shoes last longer than similar brands. They come in 11 colorways, and as with the classic clogs, you can add Jibbitz charms for personalization.

Sizing: CustomOutsole material: LeatherOuter and lining material: LeatherDesign: Round or pointed toe with open backPrice: $

Bathen co-founder Hannah Zisman first discovered babouche slippers in Marrakech years ago and now owns several pairs from Etsy. She likes that the lightweight leather can be worn during the summer without her feet sweating, and prefers a pointed-toe silhouette to "make any WFH outfit seem somewhat put-together." Ghia founder Melanie Masarin bought her yellow babouches on a trip to Morocco and pointed us to similar ones on Etsy. This specific retailer allows you to request fully customized slippers, with 17 color options and round- or pointed-toe designs available.

Sizing: 5 to 13Outsole material: RubberUpper and lining material: WoolDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $$

Another perennial Strat favorite are these wool slippers by the northern Denmark–based company Glerups. Former Strategist writer Lauren Levy calls out the extra plushness and seamless design, while former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson says the wool feels "warm, soft, and not at all itchy." Lisa Lucas, National Book Foundation executive director, is also a fan and appreciates the treaded rubber sole. "Because I am a grubby person, I regularly wear them outside of my home, like to the bodega — which is disgraceful but also one of my great joys," she says.

Sizing 4 to 12.5Outsole material: LatexOuter and lining material: Wool with shearling liningDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $

These Birkenstocks are made with a wool outer layer and lined with shearling, and are about $40 less than the aforementioned Glerups. After going through slippers from Amazon, Madewell, and other popular brands, kitchen and dining writer Emma Wartzman landed on these and declared, "I think I finally found my forever pair." The "super-warm and super-cozy" shoes "provide the classic support I know and love, meaning my feet feel good even after I've been standing in the kitchen cooking for a few hours," she says. Actor Tawny Cypress says they're "everything a slipper is supposed to be: comfy, roomy, cute." But her favorite part about them are their detachable soles, which can be washed on their own.

Sizing: S to XLOutsole material: Thermoplastic rubberOuter and lining material: SheepskinDesign: Open-toePrice: $

These sheepskin slippers come at a fraction of the price of UGGs. And because they're open-toe, Strategist associate editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell says they're "cozy and warm without making your feet sweat." They're comfy year-round, and for a little extra warmth, Milliner-Waddell pairs them with Mother denim socks. She owns the light-cream shade, and despite heavy wear, they haven't gotten stained yet.

Sizing: 5 to 11 with regular and wide optionsOutsole material: Thermoplastic rubberOuter and lining material: Sheepskin, shearling liningDesign: Closed-toePrice: $

Another cold-weather slipper option comes from L.L.Bean. Social-content manager Siraad Dirshe — who has been wearing them for years, "like a true basic New England chick" — says "the durable sole makes them ideal for both indoor and outdoor wear, and the shearling lining helps to draw moisture away from your feet." Plus, they're made with a shearling-covered EVA memory foam insole for extra comfort.

Sizing: 5 to 11Outsole material: RubberUpper and lining material: Suede and sheepskin liningDesign: Closed-toe with adjustable high anklePrice: $

Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo's cold-weather slippers of choice are these cozy booties from Minnetonka. "Because they're sheepskin, I put them away in the late spring and usually bring them back out and into rotation in October or November," she says, adding that they're "extremely comfortable, soft, and very warm, but they don't make my feet sweat." While Corsillo exclusively wears them indoors, they're made with a durable, thick rubber sole. And what's better is that even after three years, they still look new.

$85 at Minnetonka Moccasin Co.


Sizing: 5 to 11Outsole material: RubberOuter and lining material: Recycled P.E.T. Outer with fleece liningDesign: Closed-toe with elastic collapsible heelPrice: $

My personal cold-weather slippers are these insulated North Face ones with a fleece lining. My sister gifted them to me for Christmas during our first New York winter, after she months of watching me fumble around in half-slipped-on tennis shoes to grab the mail or run to the bodega. They're not my house slippers because we're a shoe-free household, but they made quick trips to the store a much more pleasant experience, especially on frigid days. Stylist Lilli Millhiser also owns a pair and wears them mainly indoors (with the occasional bodega trip); she appreciates that they're cozy and don't attract her dog's hair thanks to its outer P.E.T. Material.

From $59 at Nordstrom


Sizing: 5 to 16Outsole material: Proprietary OOfoamUpper and lining material: Proprietary OOfoamDesign: Open-toe with one strapPrice: $

I've had these Oofos slides for almost a year now, and they've become my favorite slippers to date. They're as comfortable as everyone has told us in the past, and as much as people gripe about the design, it doesn't bother me personally. I wear them out casually in the warmer months, usually on trips to the beach, and I feel as if I could walk for days in them. This is probably chalked up to its design and its proprietary "OOfoam": The slippers are made to reduce stress on joints and absorb more impact. SuChin Pak, who wears hers at home exclusively, adds that the extra-thick sole makes walking a little wobbly at first and forces "you to put pressure on different points of your foot," which in turn reduces stress on sore feet, knees, and lower backs. Two other folks who've recommended the slippers in the past — photographer Erin Patrice O'Brien and Strategist columnist Chris Black — say these are great for people with plantar fasciitis and high arches. "They mold to the foot, and the arch support is excellent," says Black. "Your gait will thank you!"

Sizing: 5 to 11Outsole material: RubberUpper and lining material: WoolDesign: Closed-toe with open backPrice: $

Giesswein, an Austrian heritage brand that's been around for over 50 years, is known for offering generous arch support. Former Strategist writer Karen Iorio-Adelson, who tried a pair of its best-selling Veitsch slippers, confirms that the arch is "extremely high-profile." This makes it ideal for anyone who likes an exaggerated arch. The rest of the slipper is made of "very soft" virgin wool and a thick rubber sole that's "durable enough for venturing outdoors — before retreating back to the couch." It comes in four colorways: black, red, gray, and blue.

Sizing: 4.5 to 13Outsole material: PolyurethaneUpper and lining material: LeatherDesign: Closed-toePrice: $$

Dansko's clogs have been on our radar since 2017, when author Stephanie Danler praised the fugly shoes for "instantly creating better alignment, better posture — things that deteriorate in normal shoes." Artist and writer Jo Rosenthal agrees and likes her pair so much that she wears them at home. "I wear them around the house because they give me support and are super-comfortable, and I feel like they are ugly-cute in the best way," she says, adding that they've "saved me from so many backaches."

• Dr. Asim Sayed, podiatrist• Savannah White, stylist• Naomi Elizée, a market editor at Vogue and podcast host• Mecca James-Williams, stylist• Imani Randolph, model and writer• Kitty Guo, Strategist writer• Hannah Black, stylist• Ambar Pardilla, Strategist writer• Maricia Josephs, founding editor of Dream in HD and associate public-relations manager at UGG• Indie McFarlane, Indy Sunglasses designer• Jenna Milliner-Waddell, Strategist associate editor• Bryn Taylor, Ouisa creative director and personal stylist• Hilary Pearson, senior graphic designer• Hannah Zisman, Bathen co-founder• Melanie Masarin, Ghia founder• Jo Rosenthal, artist and writer• Lauren Levy, former Strategist writer• Lisa Lucas, National Book Foundation executive director• Karen Iorio Adelson, former Strategist senior writer• Emma Wartzman, kitchen and dining writer• Siraad Dirshe, social-content manager• Liza Corsillo, Strategist senior writer• Lilli Millhiser, stylist• Janessa Leoné, founder of Janessa Leoné• Lauren Stephens, founder and CEO of Dudley Stephens

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