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I went on 6 flights in 10 days, and these $17 slippers kept my feet comfy and supported — even in the airport

Real talk: I hate flying. Nothing actually scares me more than hitting turbulence at 30,000 feet. I know, I know — turbulence is, statistically, perfectly safe. But try telling my flight phobia that! One complicating factor of my fear of flying is that I also adore international travel ... which, of course, requires me to fly in planes. So, my strategy has been to make those flights as comfortable and stress-free as possible, which helps cut down on my overall anxiety.

This approach was truly put to the test in February when I took a whopping six flights in 10 days — two overseas eight-plus-hour flights, two short connecting flights and two short in-country flights. To prepare, I picked up some travel items recommended by my Yahoo Life compatriots — including the Scurtain Slippers, which were touted as ideal for airplane wear. After putting them to the test, I can vouch that these are an amazing option for anyone wanting to up their comfort level in an increasingly stuffy, uncomfortable setting: a multi-hour flight.

For only $17, these cozy and supportive slip-ons will make your feet more comfortable — in flight or at home. 

$17 at Amazon

The first test: NYC to Copenhagen

Heading to Norway to tackle some bucket list adventures (northern lights! dog sledding! Troll Museum!) in late February meant I needed to fit in lots of cold-weather necessities but with limited luggage space. So, I opted to travel with just one pair of shoes — my heavy-duty winter boots. Facing the prospect of an eight-plus-hour flight in clunky boots, however, was less than appealing — as was the alternative of walking to and from the bathroom in my stocking feet. This Yahoo Life article recommended Scurtain slippers as a comfortable travel solution. Supportive and packable with a protective rubber sole — they seemed like the Goldilocks of travel slippers. Plus, at just $17, they felt like something I should definitely try. After all, it beat packing another pair of shoes to wear exclusively on the planes, and these could easily be flattened and slipped into my carry-on, unlike heavier slip-on sneakers.

These slippers proved to be a travel-day game changer. Shedding the heaviness and bulk of the boots for these lightweight, packable slippers was a relief. Their flexible design and lack of hard sides accommodated the expected foot swelling during the flight. Most special about these slippers, however, are their relatively hard rubber bottoms. The sturdy soles provided enough support and protection for strolling around the cabin and airport without feeling like I was walking barefoot on dirty floors.

Even through the Copenhagen airport and onto our connecting flight to Oslo, I confidently wore these slippers. Sure, I might have looked a bit unconventional, but the comfort and support they offered were well worth it!

slippers in 3 designs: leopard, all black, and pink
These cozy kicks were my overseas flight lifesaver — and might be yours too! (Amazon)

The second test: A long layover in Copenhagen; a long flight back to NYC

I wore the Scurtain slippers on every flight thereafter, including our short trips to and from Tromsø to experience the Arctic Circle in winter. They performed flawlessly throughout, doubling as comfortable house shoes during our stay in hotels and apartments. So, I decided to put them to an even greater test on our journey home: a four-hour layover in Copenhagen Airport. Would they hold up in such a setting? I sure hoped so. Opting to leave my heavy winter boots in my checked luggage, I relied solely on these slippers for the 16-hour travel leg. This way, I didn’t have to bring the boots in my carry-on, and I was able to use that large amount of space for other super-important essentials, like a stock of Scandinavian snacks.

And, dear reader, the Scurtain slippers held up perfectly! I felt no shame in wearing the slippers around the airport, though I did opt for the black-on-black option, which probably looked a little less slipper-y compared to other styles. Their supportive soles comfortably took me through security and customs at Københavns Lufthavn (Copenhagen Airport). Boarding our longest flight yet — over nine hours — they were just as comfortable and supportive en route home as they had been on our way out.

woman wearing gray striped slippers with black heels, two views (from behind and from above)
These slippers come in 36 colorways and patterns, including the pictured stripes-and-solid combo. (Scurtain)

The final test: Regular wear

I mentioned that I wore the Scurtain slippers around regular slipper-y settings as well during the trip, and since then I’ve also worn them around my house. They’re still my go-tos if I’m looking for something with a sole, versus soft-bottom slippers, which are more conducive to sitting on the couch. The only issue I’ve encountered is a slight squeak from the soles, especially on hard flooring like wood or vinyl. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it does make me feel a bit like a clown at times.

I don’t recommend wearing them outside for extended periods, unless it’s just a quick trip to grab the mail or head into the garage. I learned this the slightly damp way when I had to wear them to the car after landing at JFK. They held up fine indoors, but once I stepped onto the slightly wet tarmac, well, the slippers became slightly wet too — which is to be expected. After all, they’re slippers, not actual shoes!

All in all, though, these were an absolute lifesaver on my two weeks of overseas travel, and I’m so, so glad I picked them up and didn’t have to spend those flights in either heavy boots or my stocking feet. I’m definitely a big fan of the Scurtains ... and I’m not the only one! Over 8,500 Amazon shoppers have also given them a perfect rating.

“Perfect for travel,” wrote one like-minded shopper. “Purchased for a trip to Europe for the plane. They worked great for that! They are not meant to be supportive, they are meant for comfort. They have a nice tread bottom for walking in the cabin of the airplane.”

“They fit my feet securely,” wrote a relieved reviewer. “I’m 74 and afraid of walking in flip flops because I have fallen. These slippers make me feel secure when walking around the house. I will buy again.”

Another wearer called them a “great slipper for travel,” adding, “These slippers are well-made and pack easily for travel. They are great on wood and laminate floors and when in hotels with questionable carpeting. They slip on easily and stay on with a nice non-skid bottom that could be worn outside.”

“I really like these slippers, except for the insole sliding around when I move,” explained another five-star customer. “So I took some fabric glue and glued the insole to the bottoms of the slipper and problem solved!” Easy peasy!

If you’re looking to up your travel game, make sure you up your comfort game as well with a pair of these slippers from Scurtain.

They come in all kinds of colors and fun patterns too.

$17 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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