When the weather turned chilly and filled the air with some weird kind of hail-snow, I became even more homebound than I was before. Which means that my moccasin slippers have barely come off of my feet. They may need to be surgically removed.
So when the soothsaying algorithmic gods at Facebook decided that I needed to try Birdies — a flat that purports to be as comfortable as a slipper — who was I to tell them that they were wrong? After all, Meghan Markle wears them.
Birdies are “a designer flat [with] the luxurious comfort of a slipper.” The shoes are built with seven layers of cushion and support. They also come in a variety of styles from a vintage-inspired bedroom slipper to a modern leather loafer.
For my test drive, I chose the Starling loafer in taupe leather. Basically, I wanted a shoe that I can wear with casual dresses this spring or wear with jeans in the fall.
I received my Birdies and immediately put them on. Going from my Ugg slippers to Birdies, I expected to be disappointed. I figured I would leave the comfort of my mocs and fall into a stylish flats that was ‘meh’ on the comfort scale. (Hey, Sarah Flint, looking at you.)
But to my complete and pleasant surprise, I slipped on the Birdies and immediately noticed the much-better-than-anticipated arch support and the cushiony soft feel. The leather was a little stiff, so a slight pinch was noticeable for the first three days, but no blisters formed. And once they stretched a bit, they got even better.
Longtime readers may remember how much I love a rubber-soled flat. The shock absorption just makes such a difference to my feet when I’m walking long distances. And these Birdies flats have a rubber sole, but somehow still look cool and sophisticated.
I don’t know how the shoes will hold up over time. I’ve heard good things from other bloggers about durability. Some even claim that the flats eventually mold to your feet. But I’ve only had them a little while, so I can’t put those claims to the test.
Bottom line, if you need a nice commute shoe, a comfortable work shoe, or a travel shoe that looks sleek and professional, Birdies are them. Are they cheap? No. But they run in the same price-range as Rothy’s, and they’re leather. Frankly, if Rothy’s are too casual for you or don’t provide enough support, Birdie’s may be your best solution.
Like all Saw It on Social items, I bought the Birdie’s leather flats with my own cash. No sponsorships or gifted items were solicited or accepted. But now I’m thinking I may need black pair to wear with skinny trousers. Also, I will earn a small commission through an affiliate-marketing program if you purchase through one of these links.