There’s a shoe company in the U.K. that really believes in the power of slippers. To most, the cozy slip-ons are for nothing more than scuffing around the house or wandering from the bed to the bathroom in the middle of the night. For the founders and employees of Shoegarden, slippers are a significant part of what makes their label tick. This week they’ve claimed that wearing slippers can help people in all fields be more productive at their jobs. While they didn’t cite any scientific proof in their claim, they did release this statement: “It is now increasingly acceptable to dress in an off-duty, effortless style. We feel employees should work in comfort and we therefore sell a huge variety of indoor slippers with contoured footbed insoles to ensure the utmost comfort and foot support.” The statement goes on, “We have found this to be tremendously beneficial for our workplace performance.”
There is some truth to this. Carolyn Mair, PhD, psychologist, Professor of Psychology for Fashion, and freelance consultant told NBC News in August that a “great” work outfit is only such if it is comfortable and the wearer feels confident in it. While that may mean an expensive, perfectly tailored suit to a banker, it could mean jeans and a hoodie to a coder in Silicon Valley. “It’s about finding the clothes that make you feel stylish and appropriately dressed for the situation you’re in,” she said. She also added, “Being comfortable in our clothes is really important as it allows us to forget that we are wearing them and concentrate on the task.” In other words, if you can wear a pair of slippers—fancy or not—to your office without provoking any complaints to HR, have at it. Comfort always equals confidence and this season, there’s no better footwear than a warm and fuzzy slipper to wear while getting through that daunting to-do list.
Here are 17 work-appropriate slippers that might just get you a raise or, at the very least, give your feet a well-deserved rest.