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    Updated on Jun 19, 2020. Posted on Jun 11, 2020

    These L.L. Bean Around-The-House Shoes Are Saving Me During Quarantine

    If only my feet could write a thank-you note.

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    Since I haven't really been going anywhere (other than to take out the trash and recycling) my shoes, boots, and sneakers have been collecting dust in my closet.

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    No worries if I can't wear my '90s Nike throwbacks. They'll keep nice and clean. And those boots that were made for walking? Well, they're probably going to last me at least another winter or two now. While there's no doubt that a certain level of design, engineering, and craftsmanship went into all this footwear, they certainly weren't built for social distancing during a pandemic.

    But there is one pair of "around-the-house-shoes" that never set foot (hah!) in the closet because I'm constantly wearing them, now more than ever.

    A side view of a tan leather shearling-lined moccasin
    L.L. Bean

    Behold, the L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins ($79)! From here on out, I'll be referring to them as "mocs" because I'm not from New England and thus am not allowed to use the word "wicked" unless describing a witch or a Broadway show about said witch.

    According to L.L. Bean, they've sold more than 4 million pairs in the past five years. Honestly, that number seems kind of low to me.

    A top-down view of a BuzzFeed Editor's moccasins
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    But come to think of it, I've had my mocs for well over five years and they are still kicking. Even though the genuine shearling lamb fur interior is a bit worn down after so much use, they still feel like a super cozy hug every single time I put them on. I even wear them during the summer months now and they're not sweaty at all.

    The thing that really puts these ahead of a more traditional pair of mocs is the flexible but durable outsole.

    The rubber sole of the mocassins with an L.L. Bean logo
    L.L. Bean

    That means no slipping on the wet kitchen floor, no sliding on rugs or carpet, and plenty of grip wherever you may roam as long as you're not too far from home. You could walk the dog in these but then you'd have to take them off around the house, and that kind of defeats their intended purpose.

    Now, one small issue with these mocs is the laces, which are more for form than they are for function. But they still can come loose and that's not a good look.

    A close-up of the BuzzFeed editor's barrel knot on a moccasin
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    L.L. Bean has provided a video on how to tie a "Seaman's Shoelace Knot" to cut down only any strap flap. I went with the much easier (for me) barrel or boat shoe knot instead and it has never come loose. But if laces are too much of a potential issue for you, then read ahead...

    When we first starting dating, my wife laid eyes upon the mocs and kind of questioned my stylistic choices. I assured her that they were, in fact, the best pair of slippers I've ever owned.

    L.L. Bean

    Being from the Caribbean, I could understand why these sheepskin and shearling slips might seem a little much to my wife. But all it took was that one time she couldn't find her own slippers and she "borrowed" mine to make her a believer. Not a fan of those laces, she went with the Venetians (for $79). There are also Scuffs (for $79) or Moc Boots (for $89) if you're looking for a slightly different style with the same kind of comfort.

    My wife then went through the exact same scenario I just outlined with her own mom. Guess what, now my mother-in-law loves her mocs too.

    I'm even wearing my favorite moccasins while working on this story. How meta is that?

    BuzzFeed Editor working on this very story on a laptop while wearing moccasins
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    It's just that they're so damn comfortable and putting on socks nowadays seems like an effort. So if wearing slippers all day is wrong, I don't want to be right.

    Now if only I can train the dog to fetch my house shoes...but that doesn't seem very likely.

    A very floofy black and tan Pomeranian stood next to the BuzzFeed editor's moccasins
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    Get them from L.L. Bean for $79 (available in sizes 7–14, two widths, and five colors).

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