In Japan, it’s traditional to take your shoes off when you enter someone’s home, leading you to wear house shoes or slippers. That’s what inspired my new favorite footwear, topdrawer’s Merippa House Shoes, which are modeled after Japanese house shoes and are the best thing I’ve put on my feet all year.
The entire shoe is enrobed in soft, supple shearling, with the outer and heel made from a soft knit fabric. They’re stretchy, too, making them contour to your feet without constricting them. Because of their shape and size, they can be rolled into balls for storage or travel. But the best part, by far, is that they’re completely machine-washable. The slippers also come with treads that you can stick to the bottoms if you want added traction, something I’ve never seen before in other versions of house shoes. They’re the only things I wear around the house these days and they’re the only things I want to wear until I have to wash them. Our CTO Lauren Bertolini even has a second pair to wear then one is in the wash.