OluKai In addition to traditional slippers, Irvine-based OluKai makes the perfect shoes for those of us who want easy-to-put-on, no-scuff shoes to wear around the house, but who don’t like slippers. OluKai’s Nohea Mesh slip-ons are unobtrusive and non-frumpy, and they have a washable footbed. Best of all, they feature “drop-in heels” that fold down so you can wear them either as shoes or as slides.
allbirds: San Francisco-based allbirds makes slip-ons – which they call Wool Loungers – and running shoes out of merino wool. I am happy with my allbird running shoes – they are feather-light, and the wool flexes with my feet and regulates their temperature better than synthetic materials can. When my OluKai slip-ons (see above) wear out, I probably will buy some allbirds Loungers to wear as slippers.
BedHead Pajamas: Los Angeles-based BedHead specializes in making fashionable, tailored pajamas for men, women, and children. They also make some tasteful slide slippers.
With the exception of Crocs, Goleta-based Uggs makes the ugliest footwear on the face of the planet. It amazes me that people could put so much care into sourcing such high-quality materials, and stitching together such a comfortable and well-constructed product, just to create something that makes the whole world look worse. That said, many people appear to like Uggs. And, truth be told, I have owned a pair of Uggs slippers (they were a gift). I confess that they were comfortable and durable. I might even recommend them – to a blind shut-in.