Shop these comfy shoes for formal events

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Fri April 5, 2019

Story highlights

  • Shop Birdies, the shoe line that has reinvented the slipper
  • This lively footwear will suit most anyone's fashion taste

When a dress code is involved, many of us automatically reach for those uncomfortable high heels that make basic things (like walking and standing) a pretty torturous experience.

But thankfully, freedom of choice (at least when it comes to shoes) is still very much a thing. So you can toss the heels, grab your most gorgeous flats and hit the dance floor next time you attend a formal affair. After all, that's a whole lot better than standing uncomfortably in the corner or having to run around barefoot once the pain is too much.

To help you find those fabulous flats, we give you Birdies, the brand that has reinvented the slipper. Available in many different colors, patterns and styles, Birdies are like slippers that can be worn indoors and outdoors. Originally, these shoes were designed for the person who loves to entertain at home. However, after working with a team of talented footwear design engineers, Birdies came up with these indoor-outdoor slippers that the company says "combine the support of a sneaker, the softness of a slipper and the style of a designer flat."

Although these shoes are super stylish, Birdies didn't want to stop the design process there. In an effort to make these shoes feel as comfortable as they are cute, Birdies uses a seven-layer responsive cushion technology. This provides better arch support while also reducing pressure in the heel. As for the bottoms, the sole is made from nonslip rubber for inside traction and outside wearability.

Most recently, Birdies developed a line of bridal shoes — and we are absolutely obsessed. Each dreamy pair in the collection has its own fun, frilly feel that will allow the bride and bridesmaids to dance the night away pain-free. And these shoes can be worn to events that span far beyond weddings. They're available in six romantic styles and a variety of pink, champagne and golden hues -- the perfect pairing to any spring or summer ensemble.

Click through the gallery below to shop more styles from the Birdies collection. With so many color combinations, this line of lively footwear will suit most anyone's fashion taste.

The Heron Slipper, Black Velvet ($120; nordstrom.com)

The Starling Slipper, Cheetah ($140; nordstrom.com)

The Phoebe Slipper, Floral Jacquard Satin ($140; nordstrom.com)

The Phoebe Slipper, Black Leopard Velvet ($140; nordstrom.com)

The Songbird Slipper, Gold Satin ($140; nordstrom.com)

The Starling Slipper, Latte Suede ($120; nordstrom.com)

The Songbird Slipper, Burgundy Crystal Velvet ($140; nordstrom.com)

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Note: The prices above reflect the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.