Experts explain why you shouldn't go barefoot at home all the time — and what to wear instead

Alyssa Tria
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If you’re like us, your work from home routine probably includes a lot of lounge pants — and likely, no shoes.

But if we're talking longterm comfort and footcare, experts care to disagree.

While the luxury of going barefoot to allow our feet to "breathe" may have been an occasional good idea after a long day of work, it may be a bad habit to get used to if you're prone to foot pain.

“Walking barefoot for extended periods can put excessive strain on your plantar fascia,” Dr. Dana Canuso, DPM, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. The plantar fascia is the tendon that holds up the arch of your foot. According to Canuso, host of the online show Real Medicine, “this strain can lead to plantar fasciitis.”

Plantar fasciitis refers to the diagnosis of inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes — causing heel pain.

Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Nelya Lobkova concurs, adding that walking barefoot for an extended period of time is especially problematic as we get older: “After age 50, especially women, begin to lose the fat pad in the ball of the foot, diminishing the cushioning,” Lobkova tells Yahoo Lifestyle. This can cause a severe impact on the knees, lips and lower back.

The simplest prevention is, of course, supportive, comfortable footwear to wear in and around the home. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg tells Yahoo Lifestyle “to choose slippers or shoes that have prefabricated arch support.”

Below, we’ve gathered our picks of the best supportive and easy-to-wear footwear you can slide into at home.

WINDRIVER Women's Heritage Fleece Slippers

WINDRIVER Women's Heritage Fleece Slippers

Featuring cork and rubber supportive midsoles and EVA outsoles, this substantial pair of slippers follows a design with a rich-felt upper with a buckled strap. Its cupped top soles are made from soft sow suede.

SHOP IT: Marks, $40

Nakiska Slide II

Nakiska Slide II

An off-duty classic for its warmth and cozy design, this slipper is crafted of a suede upper, faux fur lining, a removable moulded EVA footbed designed for additional support.

SHOP IT: Sorel, $48 (originally $80)

Under Armour Women's Marbella VII Slide Sandals

Under Armour Women's Marbella VII Slide Sandals

Made with a laid-back flip-flip design, the Under Armour Marbella VII Slide Sandals feature a performance synthetic strap with soft foam lining for a comfortable fit and a footbed built with two layers of Performance 4D Foam for unprecedented comfort. It’s also sculpted with an EVA outsole with updated traction pattern to provide lightweight traction.

SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $30

Vionic Indulge Relax Slipper

Vionic Indulge Relax Slipper

This slipper keeps feet pampered and rested all day with a sculpted footbed that helps ensure natural alignment with every step. It features a lush microfiber-covered EVA footbed with Orthaheel Technology and a comfortable one-inch heel for additional arch support.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $65

Glerups The Slipper

Glerups The Slipper

Made with a double-layered felted wool insole, these durable slippers are designed to mould to your foot shape, becoming more comfortable with each use. The felted wool upper is breathable and won't absorb odours or perspiration.

SHOP IT: MEC, $90

Classic Lined Clog

Classic Lined Clog

The legendary Classic Clog with a warm, fuzzy liner to keep the feeling going all season. The soft liner adds to the cushion and comfort, indoors or out. The brand’s Croslite foam construction keeps them light and easy to wear while the pivoting heel strap gives you a secure fit.

SHOP IT: Crocs, $60


Birkenstock Gizeh Essentials Sandal

Birkenstock Gizeh Essentials Sandal

Inspired by Birkenstock’s iconic cork sandal, the Gizeh Essentials is made from ultra-light and highly flexible EVA. The high-quality, odour-neutral EVA has been tested for harmful substances and combines numerous positive attributes. Not only is it ultra-lightweight, but it also highly elasticized, shock-absorbent, waterproof and skin-friendly — making it the perfect choice for indoors and outdoors.

SHOP IT: Sporting Life, $60


ISOTONER Terry ContourStep Clog Slippers

ISOTONER Terry ContourStep Clog Slippers

These terry slippers feature the Isotoner ContourStep insole to cradle your heels and support your arches.

SHOP IT: The Bay, $32

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