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By Eva Thomas
Updated January 10, 2021 05:40 PM
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You might think you're giving your feet a much-needed break from the pain (heeled) shoes can cause during your usual work commute, but a barefoot walk to your home office could also be doing some damage. The wise footwear move for the time being? Slide into a pair of comfy slippers and keep your feet happy, warm, and supported. Better yet if they have a podiatrist's stamp of approval.

Finding a pair of supportive, good-for-your-feet slippers can be just as much of a challenge as investing in a fresh pair of outdoor shoes. The style, the material, the price, and the special design features — basically, all the things you look for in the footwear you wear outside of the house — are key in proper house shoes, too. Vionic's Indulge Relax Slippers are a true triple threat, and even better, they come with a stamp of approval from podiatrists and Oprah herself (a welcomed cherry on top of an already fabulous pair of slippers). 

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Buy It! Vionic Indulge Relax Slipper, $64.95; nordstrom.com

The Vionic slippers are oh-so-plush, something you can probably tell by simply looking at them. They have a soft, polyester terry cloth interior that "feels like a hug for your feet," Nordstrom shoppers say, and helps to absorb excess moisture (the polyester terry cloth is anti-bacterial and odor-resistant). Beyond the naked eye, these shoes are designed with a handful of smart features that are just plain good for your feet, like a built-in orthotic footbed, arch support, and a rubber sole for added traction. 

The standout design element that sets these Vionic slippers apart? An adjustable strap that allows for a customized, comfy fit for all foot shapes, from narrow to wide. Wear these barefoot or with socks and adjust the strap to whatever your feet need that day (swollen feet, socks, etc., can all change the fit of our shoes, and these will move with you through those shifts). 

Shoppers, podiatrists, and Oprah have given these Vionic slippers major praise. Back in 2016, they landed on Oprah's Favorite Things list: "Talk about cute and comfy. A flexible midsole, an orthotic footbed, and plush terry cloth fabric? My feet have never been happier," she wrote. Nordstrom shoppers are equally infatuated, with several calling them "a miracle."

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Buy It! Vionic Indulge Relax Slipper, $64.95; nordstrom.com

"I ordered these slippers because they popped up recommended for foot pain, plantar fasciitis, and for arch support. I really dislike wearing shoes in the house, but if I wear a no support flimsy slipper, I suffer all night," wrote  one Nordstrom shopper. "This is the first slipper that has given me the support I need. My foot pain is almost gone… I wear a wide, but the velcro adjustment is more than enough to accommodate​ me in a medium width shoe." Put simply, they're so good, they won over slipper skeptics. 

If you're still on the fence about wearing slippers while you work from home, heed the advice of one expert. Dr. Alan Bass, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, previously shared with PEOPLE that anyone who has biomechanical conditions that require foot support (like plantar fasciitis or flat feet, for example) would benefit from wearing slippers. What's more, you also reduce the risk of stepping in foreign objects — that could then cause a wound or infection — when you wear house shoes. 

Shop the ultra-plush slippers that have earned major praise for less than $65 at Nordstrom. Your feet will thank you.