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Must Have: Birdies The Starling Loafer

The Starling Loafer by Birdies.


We do a lot of entertaining at my house, especially this time of year.

Nothing formal, but there’s always lots of wine and cheeseboards.

Nothing makes me happier than challenging my inner Ina, turning on the fireplace, playing music, and hanging out with friends around the kitchen island.

There’s real magic in opening your home and hosting the people you love.

But, over the years, I’ve learned the hard way: the more relaxed you are as the host, the better the night goes. So I’ve created a routine when we have guests over to avoid reinventing the wheel each time.

There’s a place for everything, the drinks are self-serve, and the food is yummy but straightforward. I light some inexpensive candles, put out grocery store flowers, and I’m done.

But, the biggest challenge I had was getting dressed, specifically, what shoes to wear. 

You want to look casual but not sloppy and festive but not formal.

Everything I wanted to wear, from  jeans to velvet pants, required a shoe not practical for at-home entertaining.

I often ended up in my Rothy’s (which I still love), but I even kicked them off after several hours of standing in the kitchen and ended up either barefoot or in my Uggs.

Not ideal.

Then I discovered Birdies, a “stylish flat that’s secretly a slipper,” and immediately ordered a pair. They are precisely what you want to wear whether you’re hosting at home, or a guest at your neighbors, or visiting family, etc. 

This post is NOT sponsored; I just love them. 

Birdies The Starling Loafer

Birdies The Starling Loafer

The Starling Loafer, $95 

Founded by two moms who shared a passion for bringing family and friends together at home and frustrated after years of hosting barefoot or in frumpy slippers, they created Birdies, designed as a comfortable and stylish slipper for home entertaining.

Umm, hello, they are geniuses!

The thing is, these are so chic you can wear them anywhere. And I do. 

I purchased these in black for the holiday season last October and wore them constantly. However, I recently pulled out of my closet and noticed they were still new. 

Don’t you love when you purchase something and look back and realize it was a great buy?!

A Stylish Flat That’s Secretly a Slipper

Birdies The Starling Loafer

They offer so many options; I went with The Starling Loafer to keep it simple and try them out.

The Starling is my favorite because the profile is slim and elegant, definitely the most versatile of their collection. You can wear them for anything from working to entertaining at home. 

The black velvet is ideal for this time of year. Wear with straight-leg jeans and a black turtleneck. You can also wear them with leggings (or faux leather leggings!) and a tunic top or sweater. 

This year, I’m eyeing The Swan in “Golden Oak” to add some variety to my collection. 

Related: How to Wear the Birdies Starling Loafers

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Must Have: Birdies The Starling Loafer

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I have 4 pairs of Birdies flats and love them all. Please do review the Swan if you make that purchase. I generally do not wear mules because I find they quickly slide off my feet, but would love to hear if the Swan could be an exception.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I will! They are on their way!


Monday 4th of October 2021

Can the loafers be worn outside?

Megan Kristel

Monday 4th of October 2021

Yes! I wouldn't walk in a puddle, but absolutely.

Polly Maly

Monday 4th of October 2021

I just purchased my second pair of Birdies Starlings (Latte Suede) for the fall and love them! I'm in my mid-50s and have fussy feet (plantar fasciitis, neuroma, bunion...lovely, right?) and I can wear them all day at school with zero discomfort. I sometimes opt for a wide width in shoes, but their standard width is very comfortable. I sprayed them with suede protector and they look so good. Highly recommend!

Ann Flaharty

Monday 4th of October 2021

Quick question: I also have sensitive feet and need a structured sole shoe (one that cannot be bent in half or has too much flex at the toe). I cannot wear my Rothy’s for this reason. Can you tell me if the shoe is more structured or more flexible? I also need an orthotic insert. Do you add orthotics? Thanks Ann

Polly Maly

Monday 4th of October 2021

Also just wanted to mention I find them true to size!


Thursday 12th of November 2020

but the GREEN velvet....!


Thursday 12th of November 2020

These look lovely. Where are the wide width choices? Thanks!

Kathi Jones

Monday 4th of October 2021

The Starling's have a wide toe box, which I need. The velvet Starlings fit me best and the suede ones are wide enough too with a little stretching. I have three pairs and they are great!

Betsy Cornell

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

I totally understand this post as I do a lot of hosting, and often end up in my crocs or slippers. It looks so dumpy, but when you are up fetching and fixing, heels aren't going to cut it. Going to someone else's house means I get to wear cute shoes. Thank you for the recommendation on Birdies - I will check it out! I love your posts!