Birdies Slippers: Birdies says they are “The stylish flat that’s secretly a slipper.” Is that true? Read more in our honest Birdies Review. We’ll review Birdies and several styles they have to offer from the Birdies flats to the Birdies Herdon – their take on the “smoking slipper.”
Birdies Review: What are Birdies?
Birdies is a San Francisco-based footwear startup founded by former Facebook and Ross Stores (yes, that Ross) executives, Bianca Gates and Marisa Sharkey. The dream team duo have designed a shoe that masquerades as a slipper, or is that the other way around?
Their unique selling point is that they have created a shoe that combines the comfort of slippers, the support of sneakers, and the style of a high-fashion shoe. With all of those promises and royal fans such as Meghan Markle, it was about time I tried Birdies slippers!
Some of the key features
These slippers are more than just a standard designer flat. These shoes were designed for comfort and versatility. What is all of this stuff in the shoes?
First of all, the base is some super comfortable memory foam. Think your mattress on your feet – that’s amazing, right?
Then you can add some layers in for shock absorption and more cushioning. But my personal favorite is the quilted top. That’s awesome and feels perfect on your feet.
Not only do you get all this walking-on-cloud comfort, but you get support and durability, too.
I almost forgot to mention, at the bottom of every shoe is a rubber sole. That means these aren’t just slippers – every pair of Birdies is perfect for running to the store or dropping off the kids. Only you know if you are wearing a shoe… or a slipper.
Meet the different styles
Why are they called Birdies?
If you’re wondering about the brand name, you’ll soon realize why: all Birdies slippers are named after our feathered friends. You have the Heron, the Sparrow, the Chickadee, the Raven, and well, you get the picture!
What we Reviewed
We’ve tried three pairs of Birdies, officially:
The Birdies Songbird Pom
In black (no longer available in black, but available in other colors.
In a season color that is no longer around, but still available in some other cute colors.
In classic black, like so many of my shoes in my closet!
What you need to know about the Birdie Slippers
All Birdie slippers are crafted from luxurious materials such as velvet, calf-hair, and suede. They have memory foam insoles and are lined with quilted satin.
As you can see, I take my loafers seriously!
Let’s see how these slip-on Birdies slippers faired on my feet…
Birdies Review: The Fit and Feel
First thing I noticed was how comfortable they felt, straight out of the box. No need to wear them in or give them time to stretch to my feet. The Songbird Pom and Starling and Heron were good to go from the first fit. I also ordered my usual size (7.5) and they were a perfect fit – so I would say that Birdies sizing is pretty true to size.
Another bonus: they come in half sizes!
Do Birdies Stretch?
Some people say to size up or down a half a size, but for me, the shoes fit perfectly and true to size. If you get your pair of Birdies and they are just a little snug, have no fear: Birides do stretch to your feet just a little bit.
I wouldn’t say it’s a super-human power, but they do stretch slightly over time if they are just a little snug.
I have to admit, they really do feel like slippers, but slippers with structure and support. The inside quilted material is super soft and comfortable.
Birdies Slippers: The Look
First up, my favorite pair out of the two is definitely the Birdies Starling loafers. With their funky floral pattern, they look super cute.
It’s easy to overlook something like the soles of shoes like this, but I really loved how the rubber soles were able to give this more versatility.
This allowed the shoe to function as a lot more than just a slipper and more like a real flat!
What does my husband think of them?
Mr. We Tried It didn’t quite agree with me here… he likened them to my grandmother’s couch! But, what does he know?!
I loved the little details, such as the cute tags with the emblem on the heels and I can see how they would go with lots of different outfits.
What I didn’t love about the slippers
I did like the Birdies Song Bird mules too, but I was a little disappointed with the pom-poms as one was rather squished from the packaging.
It annoyed me that they weren’t symmetrical. The Song Bird pair did look a little more like slippers than shoes. That said, they are still cute and would definitely work well in jazzing up a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater.
Birdies Flats: What’s the verdict?
While the Song Bird definitely looks more like a slipper – the Hernon and Starling are definitive flats. The incredible arch support, high-density foam, memory foam, all combined with some incredible black velvet seriously makes gives this one of the best flats review I can imagine?
What else do you want?
✅ Stylish? Check!
✅ Velvet? Check!
✅ More velvet? Check!
✅ Memory foam? Check!
✅ Rubber sole? Check!
That’s just what makes us love to give you reviews like Birdies. They are so incredible comfortable and look great too.
Rothys vs. Birdies: The ultimate question
You have to admit, this is the Birdies Blackbird compared to a Rothy’s Flat:
Since Birdies has come out with their new line, The Blackbird washable flat, some obvious comparisons to Rothy’s come into play. We’ll post our full review of the Birdies vs. Rothy’s comparison shortly, but in the meantime, check out our Rothy’s Review.
It’s a super obvious comparison. Both Rothy’s and Birdies are:
- Made from a similar material
- About the same price ($120 for Birdies, $125 for Rothys – save more with our Rothy’s Promo Code)
- Look similar
We can’t wait to bring you our full comparison as they compare to Rothy’s but we will do that very shortly!
Birdies Review: The Price
Birdies slippers range from $95- $140 which, for slippers is a little steep, but for shoes that feel like slippers but feel like flats, that’s a lot more reasonable! They are just the right blend of classic and fashion. They can be matched with so many outfits and for different occasions. You will get plenty of wear out of them, so I do think the price tag is worth it.
|Birdies Positives||Birdies Negatives|
|They are super comfortable!||Some styles look like slippers.|
|Some styles look more professional and polished.||The price can be a little steep for a pair of “slippers.”|
|Great customer service! They fixed the pom-pom issues quickly.||The pom-poms were a little squished on one of my pairs.|
|Great blend of comfort and fashion.|
Birdies Review: The Stylish Flat that’s Secretly A Slipper? Or even more?
I think Megan Markle is certainly onto something here. The Birdies slippers are a little treat for your feet. They are cute, stylish, and super comfortable. I do love my secret slippers and, if my pom-pom ‘foofs’ back to life, I’ll be even happier!
I really recommend Birdies for anyone looking for a comfortable, fun addition to their wardrobe.
If you are ready to buy Birdies, get them directly from the source here.
Also, see Birdies features in our ultimate Loafer Review.
Also, be sure to check out our new Birdies Heron Review.