The season for holiday baking is here, and that means heaps of sweet cookies, candies, and pie. It also means long days on your feet in front of the stove or countertop. If your house is like mine, the next month promises more than a few nights of festive dinners, so it's important to prepare. No, I'm not talking about a grocery list or meal plan. I'm talking about your footwear!
There's a reason professional chefs swear by clogs for long days in the kitchen: They offer foot and low back support with an anti-skid base that keeps you safe and comfortable all day long. Why shouldn't home cooks have the same standards for their footwear? As a private chef who has worked in professional kitchens and private homes, my favorite shoes to wear during long days of cooking at home combine the functionality of kitchen clogs with the comfort of cozy slippers. Ever since I stumbled upon these Dearfoam Fireside Slippers, I haven't worn anything else around the house, and today you can get a heavily discounted pair on Amazon. If you're in charge of the cooking this holiday season, treat yourself to a pair of these supportive and cozy slippers. Your feet, legs, and lower back will thank you.
To buy: $50 (was $75); amazon.com.
Sure, these warm slippers are made even more cozy with their shearling lining, but there is so much more to love about them than just that. Made from 100 percent Australian sheepskin, they're pre-treated to protect against stains and repel water, which makes them the ideal choice for cooking, baking, or washing dishes. The rubber sole ensures a non-skid grip and allows for both indoor and outdoor use. I love that I am equally comfortable wearing them while standing for long periods of time as I am while lounging on the couch. I've even taken them for a spin around the block on a quick dog walk. The sheepskin lining is breathable, so they're super warm in the winter, but not too sweaty in the summer (which is my biggest pet peeve about wearing slippers). They're easy to slip on, and they provide excellent heel support while standing. If you're on the hunt for your next favorite house shoe, consider grabbing a pair of these Dearfoam Fireside slippers while they're on sale. It won't last for long.