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The Best Shoes to Wear Around the House

Do you spend any time in your house?

Lounge CouchIf you’re like most folks your house is somewhere you spend quite a bit of time. We sleep there. We cook there. We sit around and talk with friends and family. We hangout in the yard grilling in the summertime. We even sit around on the couch watching movies and TV shows. On a few occasions I’m sure some of us even clean.

With all the time spent in our houses it’s a looked over fact, but house shoes are important.

When we’re lounging around, doing work, or even in the kitchen cooking there is a need for house shoes. Some of us like to go barefoot and there are advantages there, but for most the need for house shoes will always be there. The tricky part can be finding the right house shoe for the right situation.

Here are some tips on selecting the best house shoes…

The Best House Shoes

Depending on the climate you live in and a few other factors the notes here may differ. The folks here at The Shoe Diaries including myself are located in the heart of the Midwest. We are treated to the four seasons each year. In the last six months we’ve had extremely cold weather well below zero, a few days of 100+ degrees, and lots of comfortable days in the 70s. The climate here makes for interesting shoe choices including house shoes.

Sandals and Flip Flops

For indoors, sandals and flips are great. In the summertime it’s a great option for going from inside to outside without having to worry about getting laces tied or anything like that. Slip on a pair of slides or flips and you’re good to go.

Women’s Birkenstock Arizona

Birkenstock Arizona

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The Birkenstock is a classic. The style hasn’t changed much over the years. Comfort comes first with this style and when you’re moving around the house it’s comfort you want most. These are a great choice. Check them out.

Men’s Asics Narrabeen

Asics Narrabeen

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A great slip on sporty sandal is great for guys. We can take these with us around the house and into the yard. They’re waterproof, durable, and great for just about any situation you come across around your home. You gotta have a pair of these in your house.


Hanging out at home with family and friends is usually a casual setting. Casual shoes make things comfortable and easy. You can’t go wrong with a great pair of comfortable casuals. They’ll become your favorite shoes. When you get home from work these are the shoes you look forward to slipping on. Get ready to relax.

Women’s Crocs Melbourne

Crocs Melbourne

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Crocs are known for their comfort. This is a new design for their casual line. At first glance it’s easy to see how comfortable these shoes are going to be. Take them from the kitchen to the living room to the garden. These are great house shoes.

Men’s Sperry Top-Sider Striper

Sperry Top-Sider Striper

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This is a great slip on for using around the house. You can slip them on for the walk down to the mailbox. You can put them on to keep your feet off the floor even when you’re just sitting in your chair. These shoes are perfect for anything around your house.


Slippers are the ultimate comfort house shoe. Their perfect for keeping you comfortable and warm. There is nothing better than a cozy slipper on a cold winter morning.

Women’s Bearpaw Loki II

Bearpaw Loki II

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You can see the comfort through your computer screen. There isn’t much to say. Get a pair of these before the temp gets too cold.

Men’s Zerostress Scuff

Zerostress Scuff Slipper

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You see pictures all the time of guys sitting next to the fire. They’re kicked back in the recliner taking an afternoon nap. On their feet they have a classic scuff to keep their feet warm. This style of slipper is classic and for good reason – they’re great for wear around the house.


I wanted to throw sneakers in here because many people are on the move all the time. Sometimes we need to have our sneakers on as soon as we get up. We need to chase kids around town or head out fast on an errand. Having a good pair of sneakers can be great for moving from house to street and back again.

Women’s DC Flash

DC Flash

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This sneaker from DC is a little twist on the traditional sneaker. The colors can be fun. The comfort is there and they’re durable enough for wear all around the city and back in the house once you’re home.

Men’s DC Bristol

DC Bristol

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DC hits again with the men. This style is comfortable, stylish and works great for casual wear out and about or doing things around the house. It’s a great all around shoe and that’s perfect for a house shoe.

Lounge Couch image courtesy of david spigolon