The 76 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – from fashion to beauty to home

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  • Day one of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale has officially begun, and the best deals are selling fast.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on fashion, beauty, grooming, and home items.
  • From Dagne Dover and Spanx to Kiehl’s and NuFace, these are the deals to add to your cart now.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, today is your lucky day. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 is officially on. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 runs through August 8, and the event includes thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now, including savings on fashion, beauty, kitchenware, and more. Scroll on for the best deals we’ve seen so far.

During the first day of the sale, we’ve seen some amazing deals on brands like UGG, Nike, Dagne Dover, Bonobos, NuFace, Spanx, Theragun, and more!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 women’s style deals:

Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Suit Yourself Long Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Jogger Pants (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Signature Classic Tote (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)2 Pack Slouchy Ribbed Crew Socks (medium)Landon Carryall (Small) (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)City Buckle Bootie (medium)Red Carpet Strapless Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow Running Shoe (medium)Moonlight Short Pajamas (medium)True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bralette (medium)Live In Pocket Jogger Pants (medium)Cozette Genuine Shearling Slipper (medium)CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan (medium)Carson Zip Top Crossbody Bag (medium)Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Underwire Contour Maternity/Nursing Bra (medium)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Anywhere 7-Inch Shorts (medium)Sunfaded Slub Scallop Crew T-Shirt (medium)Sedona Coach’s Jacket (medium)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ØriginalGrand Wingtip Oxford (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Ultra Boxer Brief (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow (medium)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals:

Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Glycolic Foaming Cleanser Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Black Rose Skin Infusion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Method: Cleanse for Normal to Combination Skin, Jumbo Size (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Curve 1 1/4-Inch Soft Curl Iron (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Stay All Day Eyeliner Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 home and kitchen deals:

Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ménage à Quatre Set of Four Reclaimed Napkins (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)40-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Bottle (medium)The Smart Garden 9 (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size Scent Candles Set (medium)Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser (medium)8-Inch & 10-Inch Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Carbonator III (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Set of 2 Organic Olive Oil (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Monty Set of 2 Milk Latte Art Cups (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mountain Classic Camp Blanket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini, Wave Solo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Prime, Wave Duo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The best shoe polishes to revitalize your leather footwear

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  • Conditioner, shoe cream, and wax polish work hand-in-hand to keep leather footwear looking its best.
  • Don’t skimp on your leather-care routine if you want your shoes and boots to last.
  • Think of these leather-care products as skincare for your shoes.

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I still vividly remember the time when a TSA agent told me I needed to shine my shoes as he watched them pass through the scanner at the airport. I was mortified. I’m notoriously hard on footwear, so keeping them looking their best is a constant battle. Thankfully, there are some great products out there to help in this Sisyphean effort.

The three product categories covered in this guide are cream polish, wax polish, and conditioner. I also spoke to Tony Pecorella, the owner of Manhattan’s Modern Leather Goods, a storied leather care and repair business that’s been around since the 1940s, who explained to me what each product is good for. Conditioner and shoe cream both moisturize the leather, but the cream polish leaves a thin layer of cream that helps blend scratches and scuffs and gives the shoe a medium shine. Wax polish is the best at covering scuffs and scratches and leaves a higher shine, Pecorella said. For more on our conversation, see the FAQ section below.

To narrow down the best shoe polishes, I did some testing at home with products that have gotten high marks from experts and customers. I used them on a single boot or shoe as a before-and-after snapshot to see what kind of coverage, shine, and conditioning power they had. Other considerations included price, ingredients, and range of colors. Note that these products are for smooth leather, not suede or nubuck.

The 5 best shoe polishes in 2021:

The Best Leather Shoe Conditioner: Saphir Renovateur

Saphir Renovateur

Saphir Renovateur revitalizes shoe leather. It comes with a premium price tag but is well worth the money. 

Sizing options: 75 ml and 250 ml 

Modern Leather Goods almost exclusively uses Saphir products and it’s not alone. Of the many guides I’ve read on shoe care by various industry professionals, nearly all of them list Saphir as the top leather product company and the brand’s Renovateur as the best conditioner. I put it to the test on a pair of old cowboy boots I’ve had for 20 years that have seen a lot of wear and tear, and much less care. The leather greedily soaked in the Renovateur and I could see the results quickly. The leather had a more regular color, a light shine, and took on a richer brown. 

According to a company rep, Saphir, a French company founded in 1920, continues to manufacture its products in the same way it did when it was first founded. The ingredient list (and the smell, which is quite pleasant) is closer to what you might find in a skincare product than what you’d expect to rub on your shoes. The list includes lanolin, beeswax, and mink oil.  

While expensive at more than $20 for a 75 ml jar, a little goes a long way and it doesn’t need to be applied that often, perhaps once a month. If you’ve invested a chunk of change in your leather footwear, the Renovateur is worth the cost to help keep your shoes and boots looking their best. 

Pros: Conditions beautifully, works quickly, and imparts a light shine. 

Cons:  None to speak of

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Best Wax Polish: Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe

Saphir Medaille D'or 1925 Pate De Luxe

Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe instantly revives the color of your shoes and provides a high shine with little work. 

Sizing options: 50 ml and 100 ml

Saphir is a hard brand to beat and this is especially true with its wax polish, the Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe. I used it on a pair of dress shoes I haven’t worn in a long while that were desperately in need of some TLC. The color had faded so badly I thought I might need to use shoe dye. I applied the Pate de Luxe as directed and the polish immediately revitalized the faded color, and didn’t require a large amount of product to achieve coverage. Saphir uses a higher concentration of pigment in the Pate de Luxe than other brands, and it shows. 

According to the company, you can achieve a high gloss or mirror gloss with the Pate de Luxe and can be used with the Renovateur and a cream polish. Like the Renovateur, the ingredients list mostly reads like a high-end face cream — jojoba, almond, and macadamia oils — plus beeswax, and natural solvents like turpentine oil. I was able to buff the shoe to a high shine with little effort. 

I tried it against the Leather Spa Luxury Wax Polish and found it had better coverage and didn’t require as much product to achieve similar results and costs about the same price. You can buy a 50 ml tin of the Pate de Luxe for about $12 on Amazon, depending on the color. It comes in 12 colors. 

Pros: Beautiful coverage, revitalizes faded color, achieves a high shine, several color options

Cons: None to speak of.

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Best Color Polish: Tarrago Cream Polish

Tarrago Cream Polish

Tarrago Cream Polish has a huge range of colors, provides excellent coverage, and gives a medium shine. 

Sizing options: 50 ml 

Tarrago is a Spanish brand that’s been around since 1940 and was the first company to offer water-based polishes back in the 1960s. (It’s now owned by the same parent company that owns Saphir, Alma FRC.) The brand offers a range of nearly 100 colors in the cream polish. The wax polish comes in seven color choices. 

I used the Tarrago cream polish on a pair of gray leather sneakers that were badly scuffed. The thick cream quickly soaked into the leather and easily covered the various scuff marks. After it dried, I buffed it to a medium shine. If you’re looking for a high shine for your colored shoes, your best bet is to use the Tarrago Cream Polish, followed by a neutral wax polish that can achieve a higher shine. 

The Tarrago Shoe Cream is available on Amazon for $7. Not all the colors are available on the site. For more color choices, Myshoesupplies.com also carries it for $3.05, but you’ll pay a $4.29 shipping fee for orders under $60. 

Pros: Huge range of color choices, good coverage. 

Cons: Doesn’t provide a high shine.

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Best Budget-Friendly Polish: Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream

Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream

Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream provides a light shine, comes in a good range of colors, and is a great value. 

Sizing options: 1.55 ounces

Moneysworth & Best is a family-owned Canadian company that started out as a Toronto shoe repair shop in the 1980s. The Shoe Cream is made in Spain from all-natural ingredients, including lanolin, and various oils, waxes, and pigments. The product comes in more than 30 colors.  

I used this on two different pairs of beat-up vintage boots. The shoe cream had decent coverage, but it wasn’t able to hide some staining. The product has a creamy consistency and soaked into the leather quickly. After buffing, I was able to get a light shine. While it didn’t completely cover the issues on the boots, it did give the leather a more even, smoother appearance and definitely made me feel comfortable wearing the boots in public again. That said, I’d recommend this product for shoes or boots that are still in good condition and don’t require a lot of pigment. 

It’s available for $2.99 for a 1.55-ounce jar. For more colors, Amazon also carries Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream, but be warned that the pricing varies, with some colors costing around $7 or more. 

Pros: Good coverage, better price. 

Cons: I could only achieve a light shine, won’t cover all blemishes and stains

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Best Self-Shining Polish: Tarrago Self-Shining Kit

Tarrago Self-Shining Kit

The Tarrago Self-Shining Kit is perfect for reviving your shoes in a hurry while also helping to nourish the leather. 

Sizing options: 50 ml 

Tarrago’s Self-Shining Kit provides a quick and easy way to revive your shoes with very little time or effort. It contains a sponge applicator on the top that you simply dip into the cream polish and apply to the leather. I used it on a pair of my wife’s boots that were moderately scuffed and hadn’t been shined in several months. One pass across the leather was all it took to bring them back to life. It easily covered the scuffs and scratches and produced a medium shine with no buffing. 

The product contains a high amount of carnauba wax, which provides the instant shine. The wax is derived from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree. It’s sustainably harvested as the trees aren’t damaged during processing. 

While the Self-Shine kit doesn’t come in nearly as many colors as the company’s regular shoe cream (there are only about a dozen options), it’s a great choice for when you’re in a hurry and need to get your shoes in order. I wish I would have used this before I headed through the TSA line all those years ago. The kit is $7.99 for a 50 ml jar. 

Pros: Fast, easy, good coverage, and a medium shine. 

Cons: Not as many color choices as Tarrago’s Shoe Cream.

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Best Cream Polish: Leather Spa Cream Polish

Leather Spa Cream Polish

Leather Spa’s Cream Polish nourishes leather, ably hides the scrapes and scuffs of everyday wear, and provides a medium shine. 

Sizing options: 1.4 ounces 

Leather Spa, the famous New York City-based leather care and repair business, also makes shoe care products, including a shoe cream. Leather Spa has its origins in France and that’s where the company’s shoe cream is produced using all-natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain any silicone or petroleum products that can end up damaging leather over the long run. 

I used the cream polish on a pair of my wife’s boots. The cream very quickly soaked into the leather, giving it a nice sheen. It had very good coverage, evening out the color, and hiding the scuffs. It didn’t quite cover a small divot in the leather, but as Tony Pecorella stated, a wax polish is better at hiding those kinds of blemishes. I buffed the boots and was able to develop a medium shine. Leather Spa’s Shoe Cream is $8.95 for a 1.4-ounce jar. It comes in 34 different colors, which is a major plus for matching shades other than the typical black or brown.

Pros: Moisturizing, evens out the color, hides scuffs and small scratches, many color options. 

Cons: Can’t hide larger blemishes like divots in the leather.

Cream Polish (small)
What else we considered

best shoe polish

Lexol Leather Conditioner

Lexol’s leather conditioner is billed as a conditioning product but imparts a nice glossy shine to leather. In a head-to-head comparison between it and the much pricier Saphir Renovateur on a pair of my father’s 1960s ankle boots, Lexol did well, except that it required a much longer drying time. The Saphir product dried in a few minutes. Lexol took several hours. For the price, around $7, it’s a great product, but not the best choice if you’re in a hurry. 

FAQs

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What other products do I need to polish my shoes?

Besides conditioner and polish, there are a few basics you’ll need to do the job right. A horsehair dauber brush, which typically has a round head that tapers down to the handle, is good for applying saddle soap to clean the shoes before polishing. Some people also use this type of brush to apply polish. Kiwi makes a good one. 

A horse hair brush is important for buffing your shoes once you’ve applied the polish and have let it dry. The brush helps bring out the shine. Kirby Allison makes an outstanding version. 

Some people like to use a microfiber cloth for applying conditioner and polish and for a final buff for a higher shine. I personally use old cotton T-shirts cut into strips to apply polish, a trick I’ve seen professional shoe shiners use.


Do I need to clean my shoes before polishing them?

Yes. You can take a damp cloth and wipe away any visible dirt. If they’re very dirty or have stains, you can use saddle soap, like Fiebing’s, that can be applied using a slightly damp dauber brush. Rub the brush in the soap until you get a light lather and then apply on the shoes. Wipe away with a dry cloth. Now you’re ready to condition the shoes followed by shining them.


How often should you polish your shoes? 

“That’s the age old question,” Pecorella said. “It differs by person and wear. If you wear the same shoes every day, once every two to six weeks. If you alternate shoes, maybe once a month to two months. It really is based on the eye test and nobody knows your shoes better than you do.”


When should I use a wax polish versus a cream polish? 

According to a Saphir rep I spoke with, cream polish is more for nourishing and recoloring, while wax polish is for creating a high shine. It’s mainly for dress footwear where you want a high gloss.


Can wax polish damage my shoes? 

Tony Pecorella warns that wax polish, unlike cream, doesn’t moisturize the leather and can build up over time and dry the leather out. Cream polish won’t harm the leather, even if used frequently. 

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on Wednesday – here are the best men’s style deals to boomark now

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop now.
  • Below, we rounded up some of the best men’s and masculine-style deals from top brand names.
  • Take a look now so you can plan your purchases on July 28 or shop early as a cardholder.

Nordstrom will be holding its biggest sale of the year on Wednesday, where customers can shop thousands of deals across the entire site. From July 28 to August 8, you can rack up huge savings in categories like fashion, home, and beauty at the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. On August 9, the prices will go back up. All tiers of Nordstrom Cardmembers can currently shop the sale early.

Menswear, shoes, and accessories will be some of the most-shopped categories during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale simply because the deals are that good, and there are plenty of them. You can save on dress shirts and suits for the office, lightweight chinos and shorts for summer, sportswear, fleece jackets for winter, and everything else in between.

In addition to rare deals on many of your favorite clothing brands like The North Face, Nike, Adidas, Madewell, and Bonobos, deals on accessories like backpacks, watches, sunglasses, and belts will be some of the best they’ll be all year.

Although you can’t shop just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), you can get an idea of what deals to grab because they won’t last for long. Preview the full sale here or check out our top men’s style picks below. We suggesting adding to your wishlist now, so when the sale begins all you have to do is hit “add to cart” and quickly check out.

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Sedona Coach’s Jacket (medium)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ØriginalGrand Wingtip Oxford (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Ultra Boxer Brief (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow (medium)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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I tested no-show socks to see which pairs are actually invisible and don’t slide off – these 5 made the cut

Best no show socks roundup 4x3
  • No-show socks are notoriously known for slipping down your feet throughout the day – until now.
  • A good no-show sock fits snugly, is comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t bunch up in your shoes.
  • After testing, these five socks are the pairs we’d recommend.

Let us start by saying that no-show socks can be seriously hard to shop for. You might think you’re getting the best bang for your buck by buying some generic no-show socks in bulk online – only to find them slipping halfway down your feet after an hour or so of wearing them. Not to mention, some socks are self-proclaimed as “no-show,” but they’re still really visible. So, what are “no-show” socks, really? For this guide, we’re going to define no-show socks as ones that don’t rise above your ankle (excluding tabs) – but that’s not the only factor we’re taking into consideration.

To make it onto our top-five no-show favorites list, these socks had to pass some rigorous on-foot testing to make sure they are true to size, comfortable, slip-free, and meet some other must-have qualifications. If you’re interested in learning about our full testing methodology, you can read about it here. Just want to cut to the chase and upgrade your sock game, like, yesterday? You can totally do that, too. That said, after testing 11 different no-show socks, these five take the cake for being the best you can buy.

Here are our top picks for no-show socks in 2021:

Maye-Williams Flexforce No-Show Socks

Maye-Williams Flexforce No Show Socks

Maye-Williams’ Flexforce No-Show Socks are comfortable, soft, breathable, and don’t slide down while you’re wearing them.

Sizing options: Women’s 5-10 and Men’s 6-12

Maye-Williams might be a newcomer in the activewear world (est. 2018), but this company knows how to make high-quality, durable no-show socks. That said, please welcome Maye-Williams’ Flexforce No-Show Socks. Available in 3-packs of both women’s and men’s sizes in white, black, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange, and blue, these checked off every box for us. They’re super comfortable, soft, breathable (97% Polyester and 3% Spandex), and the best part: They don’t slide down while you’re wearing them.

My boyfriend tested out the men’s socks and I tested out the women’s, and our results were pretty similar. Neither of our socks ever slipped down during our walk and they even stayed on while we were sleeping (which is revolutionary, if you ask us). The only downsides? Although the men’s socks say they fit a size 6-12, my boyfriend, who is usually a size 11, found his to be a little too tight and pretty thin. There also doesn’t seem to be any other sizes to choose from, which might limit some people if they don’t fit within that size range. Otherwise, we both rate Maye-Williams’ Flexforce No-Show Socks as deserving of five out of five stars.

Flexforce No-Show Socks (3-pair) (small)
Allbirds Trino Sprinters No-Show Socks

Best no-show socks - Allbirds Trino Sprinters No Show Socks

Allbirds’ Trino Sprinters No-Show Socks are super low-cut and made of soft, breathable, carbon-neutral material all while minimizing odor and wicking away moisture. 

Sizing options: S-XL

If you’re looking for a sock that’s super no-show, Allbirds’ Trino Sprinters No-Show Socks will definitely fit the bill. Besides being available in three colors, Seafoam, Malibu, and Pacific, and in sizes S-XL, these socks have tons of other features that make them notable. They’re made of a super-breathable eucalyptus fiber and merino wool mesh knit material, which keeps your feet cool (despite the wool), they have a reinforced heel and toe, are made with totally renewable carbon-neutral materials, they help minimize odor, and they wick away moisture.

So, when I tested them out, the first thing I noticed was the compression in the arch and how soft they were. After walking around in them, the compression made them feel extra snug (but in the best of ways) and my feet stayed cool the entire time. No slipping down, either! The only downside: I did notice a small, loose string coming off of one of the socks, and since they’re pretty thin, I’m a little worried about how long they’ll last. Regardless, these passed the test for being one of the best no-show socks you can buy — bonus points for Allbirds offering a variety of sizes!

See our full review of Allbirds’ Trino socks here

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Swiftwick Aspire Zero No-Show Socks

Best no-show socks: Swiftwick Aspire Zero No Show Socks

Swiftwick’s Aspire Zero No-Show Socks are great for compression, running, never budging, and having an overall “barely-there” feel.

Sizing options: S-XL

What’s really great about Swiftwick is the brand really takes the time to go through the details of what makes its socks stand out from the rest. I tried out a few different types of Swiftwick’s no-show socks, but the Aspire Zero No-Show Socks are what sold me. But before we jump into why, we need to talk about Swiftwick’s slogan, which is “The best socks you will ever wear guaranteed.” With something like that written on the socks’ packaging, my expectations were pretty high. Turns out, those high expectations were met. These socks tout a thin, contoured compression fit (AKA no awkward bunching or blisters), moisture-wicking fiber, a breathable “barely-there” feel, and the company follows totally sustainable practices to boot. 

I tried out the White Navy color and I got tons of compliments from my friends on how chic and nice my socks were. (How often do you get complimented on your socks?!) I especially love the firm compression, how they hug my feet perfectly, and how they didn’t budge once. In other words, I definitely understand why these are Swiftwick’s most popular running socks. The only downside? These rise a little higher than some of the other no-show socks I tested out, but they still don’t rise above the ankle (tab excluded), so they work!

See our full review of Swiftwick’s running socks here

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Lululemon Power Stride No-Show Socks with Active Grips

Best no-show socks: Lululemon Power Stride No Show Socks with Active Grips

If you’re looking for something that’ll stay put while running and training and provide some extra arch support, these Power Stride No-Show Socks with Active Grips from Lululemon are a game changer. 

Sizing options: S, M, L

The last thing you want to worry about while running or training is needing to pull up the sock that’s bunching up in your shoe, which is why Lululemon made a serious effort to make these Power Stride No-Show Socks with Active Grips totally athlete-friendly. These socks are extra stretchy, provide micro-cushioning, and have super-stay grip tabs on the backs, all while providing awesome arch support. You can buy them in packs of three in White, Black, White/Blue Linen/Black, or White/Heather Grey/Black.

It was a little chilly out while wearing these, and they actually helped keep my feet warm — but definitely not hot. They’re very breathable and lightweight, so I was surprised at how comfortable the micro-cushioning is. Despite being light, you can tell they’re made of durable material that will make them worth their price. And the arch support? It felt like my feet were being gently hugged the whole time wearing them. The only “downsides” I could find are the slightly awkward fit at the bottom of the heel and the slightly tall grips — but I had to try pretty hard to find any cons at all, so these no-show socks rank pretty high up there. 

Power Stride No-Show Socks with Active Grips (small)
ToeSox Casual Dash No-Show Socks

Best no-show socks - ToeSox Casual Dash No Show Socks

Tired of sliding socks and blisters? We have a solution, and it comes in the form of ToeSox Casual Dash No-Show Socks.

Sizing options: S, M, L

You can consider blisters a thing of the past with ToeSox’s Casual Dash No-Show Socks. These ultra-soft casual no-show socks are available in the colors Black and Carbon. They have a snug spot for each of your toes to fit into so they won’t rub against each other or generate too much heat or moisture. Plus, the silicone grips on the backs of the socks help keep them in place, so you can focus on what you’re doing throughout the day instead of being inconvenienced by your sliding footwear. Bonus points for them being made of organic cotton!

That said, I’ve never been a fan of socks with spots for your toes — until now. These are awesome and way more comfortable than I thought socks with spots for your toes would be. They fit snugly on my feet and toes and didn’t fall down once while wearing them. Although the initial process of fitting my toes into each spot took a little longer than I’d like, once they were on I didn’t want to take them off.

Casual Dash No-Show Socks (small)
Our testing methodology

To test each of these no-show socks, I walked around the courtyard at my apartment building twice while wearing the same sneakers each time and taking note of how comfortable, breathable, and supportive each pair of socks was. The most important thing, though, was making sure they didn’t slide down my feet.

As someone who owns several pairs of no-show socks that all slide down while wearing them, I was so ready to find some that don’t budge. After taking a walk, I wore each pair for a few more hours to see how they held up while sitting at home and lounging, then I created a pros and cons list for each of them.

That said, the reasons why some of the other socks didn’t make this list are because they slid down, fit awkwardly, were uncomfortable, left behind red marks, or were too tall to actually be considered our definition of “no-show.”

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to all cardholders – here are the best men’s style deals from Herschel, Nike, The North Face, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop now.
  • Below, we rounded up some of the best men’s and masculine-style deals from top brand names.
  • Take a look now so you can plan your purchases or shop early as a cardholder.

Nordstrom will be holding its biggest sale of the year at the end of this month, where customers can shop thousands of deals across the entire site. From July 28 to August 8, you can rack up huge savings in categories like fashion, home, and beauty at the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. On August 9, the prices will go back up. All tiers of Nordstrom Cardmembers can currently shop the sale early.

Menswear, shoes, and accessories will be some of the most-shopped categories during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale simply because the deals are that good, and there are plenty of them. You can save on dress shirts and suits for the office, lightweight chinos and shorts for summer, sportswear, fleece jackets for winter, and everything else in between.

In addition to rare deals on many of your favorite clothing brands like The North Face, Nike, Adidas, Madewell, and Bonobos, deals on accessories like backpacks, watches, sunglasses, and belts will be some of the best they’ll be all year.

Although you can’t shop just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), you can get an idea of what deals to grab because they won’t last for long. Preview the full sale here or check out our top men’s style picks below. We suggesting adding to your wishlist now, so when the sale begins all you have to do is hit “add to cart” and quickly check out.

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Ultra Boxer Brief (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow (medium)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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Everlane is having a huge summer sale right now, and we hand-picked the best deals

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  • Starting today, Everlane is hosting a huge sale with hundreds of items for up to 60% off.
  • You’ll find underwear for as low as $6 and T-shirts as low as $9.
  • The sale continues as long as inventory lasts, though we predict most styles will go very quickly.

Everlane is the name behind many of our favorite wardrobe staples. It’s where we’ve found our go-to slip-on sneakers, comfortable loungewear sets for working from home, and dozens of other basics that have made their way into our everyday rotation.

And while the transparent pricing model already makes Everlane fairly accessible, it just got even easier to fill up your closet thanks to the retailer’s huge Summer Sale. Starting today, July 19, you can find nearly 1,000 styles for men and women at up to 60% off.

Everlane doesn’t often host sales, so this is one event we recommend checking out. Most of the styles included are summer pieces, like crewneck tees for $12 and a pair of strappy sandals for $19, but you can also get ahead of the fall season with classic cashmere sweaters discounted to just $40.

The sale will continue while inventory lasts, but with prices like this, we don’t expect that to be very long. Just keep in mind while making your selections that many, though not all, of the items are final sale.

You can see some of the best items included in Everlane’s Summer Sale below, or head straight to the site to start shopping here.

The best women’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Weekend Tiered Dress (medium)The ReNew Sport Sandal (medium)The Forever Slip-On Sneaker (medium)The Perform Legging (medium)The Square-Neck Bikini Top (medium)The Luxe Cotton Tie-Front Tee Dress (medium)The Canvas Overalls (medium)The Clog (medium)The Paperbag Dress (medium)The ReCotton Tee (medium)

The best men’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Cotton Crew (medium)Modern Snap Backpack (medium)The Slim Fit Japanese Oxford Uniform (medium)The Slim Fit Jean (medium)The Cargo Jogger (medium)The Denim Chore Jacket (medium)The ReNew Short Parka (medium)The Italian Wool Trouser (medium)The Casual Blazer (medium)The Seersucker Short-Sleeve Shirt (medium)The Trainer (medium)

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The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals you can shop early as a cardholder, including discounts on Nike, La Mer, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop from July 12.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on men’s style, women’s style, and beauty and grooming.
  • Preview the sale and add your favorites to your wishlist for July 28 or shop early as a cardmember.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, you’ll need to know all about the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicks off on July 28 and will run until August 8. And on August 9, you can expect prices to go back up.

If you’re a Nordstrom Cardmember, you can access the sale early beginning this week. Today, July 12, cardholders with Icon status can shop the sale. On July 14, cardholders with Ambassador status can begin to shop, and on July 16, cardholders with Influencer status (entry-level members) can begin to shop.

The 12-day savings event will include thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now.

Though you can’t purchase them just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), adding these items to your wishlist will make checking out incredibly easy when the sale begins. And these aren’t even all of the deals we expect to see. Nordstrom has teased steep price cuts on rarely-discounted brands like Dyson, Theragun, and more.

The best women’s style deals

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Assorted 3-Pack of Ankle Socks (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best men’s style deals

Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Men’s Shop Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best beauty deals

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 8 coziest slippers for men, no matter which style you’re after

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Ugg Tasman Slipper; comfortable slippers for men
  • Whether you’re lounging at home or stepping outside, comfortable slippers are must-haves.
  • From Ugg to L.L.Bean and slip-ons to moccasins, there’s something for everyone in this guide.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best women’s slippers if you’re shopping for someone else.

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Since many people are wearing slippers more now than ever, it can be hard to cut through the clutter to find a few fine options for warm, cozy leisure footwear. As a team, we’ve tested tons of slippers, but the eight pairs in this guide are the ones we keep wearing.

The slipper options below all have at least two things in common: They will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Beyond that, each pair offers its own perks, with no gimmicks involved. Whether you’re going for a slip-on or a mocassin, these are the best slippers that we can’t recommend enough.

Here are 8 of the best men’s slippers you can buy:

L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

Fully lined with plush genuine shearling, the Wicked Good Slippers are some of the coziest slippers you’ll find. The sheepskin suede softens with wear, but the slippers are already super snug straight out of the box. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael has had his pair for quite a while now and can’t seem to take them off. While any shearling slipper should be warm, he especially likes the Wicked Good Slippers because of their above-the-ankle cut. You can wear them with or without socks, but he prefers to wear them without socks.

And instead of a rubber outsole, this slipper has a soft leather outsole. Although some may prefer a rubber outsole for more grip, Amir likes having shoes that are specifically dedicated to indoor wear. The brand, too, suggests sporting these slippers indoors rather than outdoors. 

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Glerups The Slip-On Rubber Slipper

Glerups The Slip On Rubber Slipper; comfortable slippers for men

If you’re looking for a simple, classic, breathable slipper, The Slip-On Rubber Slipper is your best bet. These slippers are made from 100% wool that adjusts to the shape of your feet. And the natural rubber sole has a strong grip that keeps you from slipping and sliding in your home. 

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke describes them as Swedish clogs but with rubber soles, which are great in case you happen to step outside with them. He’s had his pair for two years, and after wearing them on a daily basis, they’ve only gotten better as they’ve gradually molded to his feet. His slippers also remain as odor-free as the day he got them.

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Ugg Ascot Slipper

Ugg Ascot Slippers; comfortable slippers for men

The Ascot Slipper gives you the best of both worlds, as it’s a crossover between a shoe and slipper. These slippers provide the benefits of a shoe, including heel impact absorption, arch support, bridge and toe protection, and traction. But they also offer the warmth and coziness of a true slipper. However, you should note that these slippers aren’t quite capable of slipping on hands-free. You’ll likely have to pull them on using your hands until they are broken in, and even after. 

Regardless, the Ascot is unparalleled when it comes to support, protection, durability, and water-resistance of the thick leather exterior. You can technically wear them on short excursions outside, although they’re best when simply worn around the house. Plus, you can wear these slippers with or without socks, and be just as comfortable either way. 

Insider Reviews freelance writer Steven John has owned a pair of Ascot Slippers for over six years and can confirm their durability and comfort. He can easily tell you that these slippers will last for several years to come. 

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Minnetonka Sheepskin Moose Slippers

minnetonka sheepskin

Minnetonka has been around for over 70 years and has become famous for its slippers and moccasins. Between all of the brand’s offerings, the Sheepskin Moose Slippers are the ones to check out. They’re toasty and warm, thanks to genuine sheepskin on the inside and real moose leather on the outside.

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke notes that the sheepskin lining holds up better than that of other slippers he’s tried. He also appreciates the slipper’s cross-stitching and black dye. While the rubber soles technically allow you to wear these slippers outside, Owen finds them best for indoor wear. You can read more of his thoughts, in our review of Minnetonka slippers

Sheepskin Moose Slippers (small)
Overland Ethan Slippers

Overland

While most slippers in our guide (and in general) have a lower cut, the Overland Ethan Slippers have a high-top, above-the-ankle style that will keep your entire foot warm. They’re made from genuine Australian Merino sheepskin, which features super plush shearling on the interior.

You can also roll these slippers up and down, making them perfect for wear in the winter and also in warmer months. You can wear them for quick trips outside, but they’re best when worn indoors. However, both hands are required to put these slippers on your feet. But they’re certainly not difficult to put on — and once you’re wearing them, you won’t want to take them off. They feature incredibly comfortable memory foam midsoles and rubber outsoles.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael notes that these slippers fit true to size. They’re only available in full sizes, though, so if you’re between sizes, he’d suggest you choose the smaller option. They will naturally loosen up a bit with wear, but when they do, they won’t be at the point of falling off your feet. 

Ethan Classic Merino Sheepskin Slippers (small)
Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers

Deer Stag Slippers

If budget is your main concern when buying a good pair of slippers, then you should reach for the Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers, which provide premium comfort at a wallet-friendly price. Deer Stags is known for using materials that deliver quality without compromising affordability. 

The slipper’s faux-shearling liner will keep your feet cozy and warm, while the plush memory foam insoles and the brand’s S.U.P.R.O. Technology offer comfort and shock absorption. Additionally, the textured rubber outsoles will ensure you don’t slip on tile floors — or during your quick trip to take the trash out.

It’s worth noting that these slippers tend to run small. Since they don’t have a plush genuine shearling lining like some of the other slippers on this list, they won’t loosen up as drastically, so we recommend sizing up. 

Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)
Ugg Tasman Slipper

UGG Tasman

Slippers are the epitome of convenient and comfortable footwear, so when it’s time to leave the confines of your home, putting on “real shoes” can be an annoyance. The Ugg Tasman Slipper, however, works just as well outdoors as it does indoors, thanks to a rugged Treadlite outsole. 

In addition to being able to withstand typical outdoor terrains, they’re also fashionable enough to wear in public without looking like you’re dressed for a sleepover. Like most of Ugg’s other signature footwear styles, the Tasman Slippers feature suede exteriors, sheepskin linings, and wool insoles. You’ll also find a braided pattern stitched along the collars of this pair, which adds a nice bit of contrast. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael went a full size up and found them to fit well with and without socks. You can read more about Amir’s experience with these slippers, in our review of Ugg slippers

Tasman (small, Preferred: UGG)
Minnetonka Casey

Minnetonka Casey slipper; comfortable slippers for men

You can’t go wrong with any of Minnetonka’s offerings, since the brand has been a well-oiled machine for many decades. Another slipper that has caught our attention is the Casey. There’s soft suede leather on the outside, and a plush pile lining on the inside to keep your feet warm. 

Insider senior transportation reporter David Slotnick can confirm this slipper’s superior comfort. He notes that the thin rubber soles enable you to walk outside for short trips like to the mailbox or to your backyard, but otherwise, it’s best to wear them indoors. From David’s experience, the slippers fit more or less true to size. He loves wearing them when the weather cools down and he wants to avoid walking on cold floors. We made sure to include this slipper in our review of Minnetonka slippers, as well. 

Casey (small)

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The best shoe polishes in 2021

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  • Conditioner, shoe cream, and wax polish have different attributes and work hand-in-hand to keep your leather footwear looking its best.
  • Don’t skimp on your leather-care routine if you want your shoes and boots to last.
  • Think of these leather-care products as skincare for your shoes.

I still vividly remember the time when a TSA agent told me I needed to shine my shoes as he watched them pass through the scanner at the airport. I was mortified. I’m notoriously hard on footwear, so keeping them looking their best a constant battle. Thankfully, there are some great products out there to help in this Sisyphean effort.

The three product categories covered in this article are cream polish, wax polish, and conditioner. Tony Pecorella, the owner of Manhattan’s Modern Leather Goods, a storied leather care and repair business that’s been around since the 1940s, explained what each product is good for. Conditioner and shoe cream both moisturize the leather, but the cream polish leaves a thin layer of cream that helps blend scratches and scuffs. It gives the shoe a medium shine. Wax polish is the best at covering scuffs and scratches and leaves a higher shine, he said. For more on our conversation see the FAQ section below.

I did some testing at home with products that have gotten high marks from experts and customers. I used them on a single boot or shoe as a before-and-after snapshot to see what kind of coverage, shine, and conditioning power they had. Other considerations included price, ingredients, and range of colors. These products are for smooth leather, not suede or nubuck.

Here is the best shoe polish in 2021

The Best Leather Shoe Conditioner: Saphir Renovateur

Saphir Renovateur

Saphir Renovateur revitalized shoe leather. It comes with a premium price tag, but is well worth the money. 

Sizing options: 75 ml and 250 ml 

Modern Leather Goods almost exclusively uses Saphir products and they’re not alone. Of the many guides I’ve read on shoe care by various industry professionals, nearly all of them list Saphir as the top leather product company and its Renovateur as the best conditioner. I put it to the test on a pair of old cowboy boots I’ve had for 20 years that have seen a lot of wear and tear, and much less care. The leather greedily soaked in the Renovateur and I could see the results quickly. The leather had a more regular color, took on a richer brown, and a light shine to it. 

According to a company rep, Saphir, a French company founded in 1920, continues to manufacture its products in the same way it did when it was first founded. The ingredient list (and the smell, which is quite pleasant) is closer to what you might find in a skincare product than what you’d expect to rub on your shoes. The list includes lanolin, beeswax, and mink oil.  

While it’s expensive at more than $20 for a 75 ml jar, a little goes a long way and doesn’t need to be applied that often, perhaps once a month. If you’ve invested a chunk of change in your leather footwear, the Renovateur is worth the cost to help keep your shoes and boots looking their best. 

Pros: Conditions beautifully, works quickly, and imparts a light shine. 

Cons:  None to speak of

Renovateur (small)
Best Cream Polish: Leather Spa Cream Polish

Leather Spa Cream Polish

Leather Spa’s Cream Polish nourishes leather, ably hides the scrapes and scuffs of everyday wear, and provides a medium shine. 

Sizing options: 1.4 ounces 

Leather Spa, the famous New York City-based leather care and repair business, also makes shoe care products, including a shoe cream. Leather Spa has its origins in France and that’s where the company’s shoe cream is produced using all-natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain any silicone or petroleum products that can end up damaging leather over the long run. 

I used the cream polish on a pair of my wife’s boots. The cream very quickly soaked into the leather, giving it a nice sheen. It had very good coverage, evening out the color, and hiding the scuffs. It didn’t quite cover a small divot in the leather, but as Tony Pecorella stated, a wax polish is better at hiding those kinds of blemishes. I buffed the boots and was able to develop a medium shine. Leather Spa’s Shoe Cream is $8.95 for a 1.4-ounce jar. It comes in 34 different colors, which is a major plus for matching shades other than the typical black or brown.

Pros: Moisturizing, evens out the color, hides scuffs and small scratches, many color options. 

Cons: Can’t hide larger blemishes like divots in the leather.

Cream Polish (small)
Best Wax Polish: Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe

Saphir Medaille D'or 1925 Pate De Luxe

Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe instantly revives the color of your shoes and provides a high shine with little work. 

Sizing options: 50 ml and 100 ml

Saphir is a hard brand to beat and this is especially true with its wax polish, the Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe. I used it on a pair of dress shoes I haven’t worn in a long while that were desperately in need of some TLC. The color had faded so badly I thought I might need to use shoe dye. I applied the Pate de Luxe as directed and the polish immediately revitalized the faded color, and didn’t require a large amount of product to achieve coverage. Saphir uses a higher concentration of pigment in the Pate de Luxe than other brands, and it shows. 

According to the company, you can achieve a high gloss or mirror gloss with the Pate de Luxe and can be used with the Renovateur and a cream polish. Like the Renovateur, the ingredients list mostly reads like a high-end face cream—jojoba, almond, and macadamia oils—plus beeswax, and natural solvents like turpentine oil. I was able to buff the shoe to a high shine with little effort. 

I tried it against the Leather Spa Luxury Wax Polish and found it had better coverage and didn’t require as much product to achieve similar results and costs about the same price. You can buy a 50 ml tin of the Pate de Luxe for about $12 on Amazon, depending on the color. It comes in 12 colors. 

Pros: Beautiful coverage, revitalizes faded color, achieves a high shine, several color options

Cons: None to speak of.

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Best Color Polish: Tarrago Cream Polish

Tarrago Cream Polish

Tarrago Cream Polish has a huge range of colors, provides excellent coverage, and gives a medium shine. 

Sizing options: 50 ml 

Tarrago is a Spanish brand that’s been around since 1940 and was the first company to offer water-based polishes back in the 1960s. (It’s now owned by the same parent company that owns Saphir, Alma FRC.) The brand offers a range of nearly 100 colors in the cream polish. The wax polish comes in seven color choices. 

I used the Tarrago cream polish on a pair of gray leather sneakers that were badly scuffed. The thick cream quickly soaked into the leather and easily covered the various scuff marks. After it dried, I buffed it to a medium shine. If you’re looking for a high shine for your colored shoes, your best bet is to use the Tarrago Cream Polish, followed by a neutral wax polish that can achieve a higher shine. 

The Tarrago Shoe Cream is available on Amazon for $7. Not all the colors are available on the site. For more color choices, Myshoesupplies.com also carries it for $3.05, but you’ll pay a $4.29 shipping fee for orders under $60. 

Pros: Huge range of color choices, good coverage. 

Cons: Doesn’t provide a high shine.

Cream Polish (small)
Best Budget-Friendly Polish: Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream

Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream

Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream provides a light shine, comes in a good range of colors, and is a great value. 

Sizing options: 1.55 ounces

Moneysworth & Best is a family-owned Canadian company that started out as a Toronto shoe repair shop in the 1980s. The Shoe Cream is made in Spain from all-natural ingredients, including lanolin, and various oils, waxes, and pigments. The product comes in more than 30 colors.  

I used this on two different pairs of beat up vintage boots. The shoe cream had decent coverage, but it wasn’t able to hide some staining. The product has a creamy consistency and soaked into the leather quickly. After buffing, I was able to get a light shine. While it didn’t completely cover the issues on the boots, it did give the leather a more even, smoother appearance and definitely made me feel comfortable wearing the boots in public again. That said, I’d recommend this product for shoes or boots that are still in good condition and don’t require a lot of pigment. 

It’s available $2.99 for a 1.55 ounce jar. For more colors, Amazon also carries Moneysworth & Best Shoe Cream, but be warned that the pricing on the site is a little weird, with some colors costing around $7 or more. 

Pros: Good coverage, better price. 

Cons: I could only achieve a light shine, won’t cover all blemishes and stains

Shoe Cream (small)
Best Self-Shining Polish: Tarrago Self-Shining Kit

Tarrago Self-Shining Kit

The Tarrago Self-Shining Kit is perfect for reviving your shoes in a hurry while also helping to nourish the leather. 

Sizing options: 50 ml 

Tarrago’s Self-Shining Kit provides a quick and easy way to revive your shoes with very little time or effort. It contains a sponge applicator on the top that you simply dip into the cream polish and apply to the leather. I used it on a pair of my wife’s boots that were moderately scuffed and hadn’t been shined in several months. One pass across the leather was all it took to bring them back to life. It easily covered the scuffs and scratches and produced a medium shine with no buffing. 

The product contains a high amount of carnauba wax, which provides the instant shine. The wax is derived from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree. It’s sustainably harvested as the trees aren’t damaged during processing. 

While the Self-Shine kit doesn’t come in nearly as many colors as the company’s regular shoe cream(there are only about a dozen choices),—it’s a great choice for when you’re in a hurry and need to get your shoes in order. I wish I would have used this before I headed through the TSA line all those years ago. The kit is $7.99 for a 50 ml jar. 

Pros: Fast, easy, good coverage, and a medium shine. 

Cons: Not as many color choices as Tarrago’s Shoe Cream.

Self-Shining Kit (small)
What else we considered

best shoe polish

Lexol Leather Conditioner

Lexol’s leather conditioner is billed as a conditioning product but imparts a nice glossy shine to leather. In a head-to-head comparison between it and the much pricier Saphir Renovateur on a pair of my father’s 1960s ankle boots, Lexol did well, except that it required a much longer drying time. The Saphir product dried in a few minutes. Lexol took several hours. For the price, around $7, it’s a great product, but not the best choice if you’re in a hurry. 

FAQs

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What other products do I need to polish my shoes?

Besides conditioner and polish, there are a few basics you’ll need to do the job right. A horsehair dauber brush, which typically has a round head that tapers down to the handle, is good for applying saddle soap to clean the shoes before polishing. Some people also use this type of brush to apply polish. Kiwi makes a good one. 

A horse hair brush is important for buffing your shoes once you’ve applied the polish and have let it dry. The brush helps bring out the shine. Kirby Allison makes an outstanding version. 

Some people like to use a microfiber cloth for applying conditioner and polish and for a final buff for a higher shine. I personally use old cotton T-shirts cut into strips to apply polish, a trick I’ve seen professional shoe shiners use.


Do I need to clean my shoes before polishing them?

Yes. You can take a damp cloth and wipe away any visible dirt. If they’re very dirty or have stains, you can use saddle soap, like Fiebing’s, that can be applied using a slightly damp dauber brush. Rub the brush in the soap until you get a light lather and then apply on the shoes. Wipe away with a dry cloth. Now you’re ready to condition the shoes followed by shining them.


How often should you polish your shoes? 

“That’s the age old question,” Pecorella said. “It differs by person and wear. If you wear the same shoes every day, once every two to six weeks. If you alternate shoes, maybe once a month to two months. It really is based on the eye test and nobody knows your shoes better than you do.”


When should I use a wax polish versus a cream polish? 

According to a Saphir rep I spoke with, cream polish is more for nourishing and recoloring, while wax polish is for creating a high shine. It’s mainly for dress footwear where you want a high gloss.


Can wax polish damage my shoes? 

Tony Pecorella warns that wax polish, unlike cream, doesn’t moisturize the leather and can build up over time and dry the leather out. Cream polish won’t harm the leather, even if used frequently. 

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The 8 best slippers for men

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Ugg Tasman Slipper; comfortable slippers for men
  • Whether you’re lounging at home or stepping outside, comfortable slippers are must-haves.
  • But not every pair matches up to the next, which is why we gathered 8 of the best men’s slippers.
  • From Ugg to L.L.Bean and slip-ons to moccasins, there’s something for everyone in this guide.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best women’s slippers if you’re shopping for someone else.

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Since many people are wearing slippers more now than ever, it can be hard to cut through the clutter to find a few fine options for warm, cozy leisure footwear. As a team, we’ve tested tons of slippers, but the eight pairs in this guide are the ones we keep wearing.

The slipper options below all have at least two things in common: They will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Beyond that, each pair offers its own perks, with no gimmicks involved. Whether you’re going for a slip-on or a mocassin, these are the best slippers that we can’t recommend enough.

Here are 8 of the best men’s slippers you can buy:

L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

Fully lined with plush genuine shearling, the Wicked Good Slippers are some of the coziest slippers you’ll find. The sheepskin suede softens with wear, but the slippers are already super snug straight out of the box. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael has had his pair for quite a while now and can’t seem to take them off. While any shearling slipper should be warm, he especially likes the Wicked Good Slippers because of their above-the-ankle cut. You can wear them with or without socks, but he prefers to wear them without socks.

And instead of a rubber outsole, this slipper has a soft leather outsole. Although some may prefer a rubber outsole for more grip, Amir likes having shoes that are specifically dedicated to indoor wear. The brand, too, suggests sporting these slippers indoors rather than outdoors. 

Men’s Wicked Good Slippers (small)
Glerups The Slip-On Rubber Slipper

Glerups The Slip On Rubber Slipper; comfortable slippers for men

If you’re looking for a simple, classic, breathable slipper, The Slip-On Rubber Slipper is your best bet. These slippers are made from 100% wool that adjusts to the shape of your feet. And the natural rubber sole has a strong grip that keeps you from slipping and sliding in your home. 

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke describes them as Swedish clogs but with rubber soles, which are great in case you happen to step outside with them. He’s had his pair for two years, and after wearing them on a daily basis, they’ve only gotten better as they’ve gradually molded to his feet. His slippers also remain as odor-free as the day he got them.

The Slip-On Rubber Slipper (small)
Ugg Ascot Slipper

Ugg Ascot Slippers; comfortable slippers for men

The Ascot Slipper gives you the best of both worlds, as it’s a crossover between a shoe and slipper. These slippers provide the benefits of a shoe, including heel impact absorption, arch support, bridge and toe protection, and traction. But they also offer the warmth and coziness of a true slipper. However, you should note that these slippers aren’t quite capable of slipping on hands-free. You’ll likely have to pull them on using your hands until they are broken in, and even after. 

Regardless, the Ascot is unparalleled when it comes to support, protection, durability, and water-resistance of the thick leather exterior. You can technically wear them on short excursions outside, although they’re best when simply worn around the house. Plus, you can wear these slippers with or without socks, and be just as comfortable either way. 

Insider Reviews freelance writer Steven John has owned a pair of Ascot Slippers for over six years and can confirm their durability and comfort. He can easily tell you that these slippers will last for several years to come. 

Ascot Slipper (small)
Minnetonka Sheepskin Moose Slippers

minnetonka sheepskin

Minnetonka has been around for over 70 years and has become famous for its slippers and moccasins. Between all of the brand’s offerings, the Sheepskin Moose Slippers are the ones to check out. They’re toasty and warm, thanks to genuine sheepskin on the inside and real moose leather on the outside.

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke notes that the sheepskin lining holds up better than that of other slippers he’s tried. He also appreciates the slipper’s cross-stitching and black dye. While the rubber soles technically allow you to wear these slippers outside, Owen finds them best for indoor wear. You can read more of his thoughts, in our review of Minnetonka slippers

Sheepskin Moose Slippers (small)
Overland Ethan Slippers

Overland

While most slippers in our guide (and in general) have a lower cut, the Overland Ethan Slippers have a high-top, above-the-ankle style that will keep your entire foot warm. They’re made from genuine Australian Merino sheepskin, which features super plush shearling on the interior.

You can also roll these slippers up and down, making them perfect for wear in the winter and also in warmer months. You can wear them for quick trips outside, but they’re best when worn indoors. However, both hands are required to put these slippers on your feet. But they’re certainly not difficult to put on — and once you’re wearing them, you won’t want to take them off. They feature incredibly comfortable memory foam midsoles and rubber outsoles.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael notes that these slippers fit true to size. They’re only available in full sizes, though, so if you’re between sizes, he’d suggest you choose the smaller option. They will naturally loosen up a bit with wear, but when they do, they won’t be at the point of falling off your feet. 

Ethan Classic Merino Sheepskin Slippers (small)
Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers

Deer Stag Slippers

If budget is your main concern when buying a good pair of slippers, then you should reach for the Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers, which provide premium comfort at a wallet-friendly price. Deer Stags is known for using materials that deliver quality without compromising affordability. 

The slipper’s faux-shearling liner will keep your feet cozy and warm, while the plush memory foam insoles and the brand’s S.U.P.R.O. Technology offer comfort and shock absorption. Additionally, the textured rubber outsoles will ensure you don’t slip on tile floors — or during your quick trip to take the trash out.

It’s worth noting that these slippers tend to run small. Since they don’t have a plush genuine shearling lining like some of the other slippers on this list, they won’t loosen up as drastically, so we recommend sizing up. 

Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers (small)
Ugg Tasman Slipper

UGG Tasman

Slippers are the epitome of convenient and comfortable footwear, so when it’s time to leave the confines of your home, putting on “real shoes” can be an annoyance. The Ugg Tasman Slipper, however, works just as well outdoors as it does indoors, thanks to a rugged Treadlite outsole. 

In addition to being able to withstand typical outdoor terrains, they’re also fashionable enough to wear in public without looking like you’re dressed for a sleepover. Like most of Ugg’s other signature footwear styles, the Tasman Slippers feature suede exteriors, sheepskin linings, and wool insoles. You’ll also find a braided pattern stitched along the collars of this pair, which adds a nice bit of contrast. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael went a full size up and found them to fit well with and without socks. You can read more about Amir’s experience with these slippers, in our review of Ugg slippers

Tasman Slippers (small)
Minnetonka Casey

Minnetonka Casey slipper; comfortable slippers for men

You can’t go wrong with any of Minnetonka’s offerings, since the brand has been a well-oiled machine for many decades. Another slipper that has caught our attention is the Casey. There’s soft suede leather on the outside, and a plush pile lining on the inside to keep your feet warm. 

Insider senior transportation reporter David Slotnick can confirm this slipper’s superior comfort. He notes that the thin rubber soles enable you to walk outside for short trips like to the mailbox or to your backyard, but otherwise, it’s best to wear them indoors. From David’s experience, the slippers fit more or less true to size. He loves wearing them when the weather cools down and he wants to avoid walking on cold floors. We made sure to include this slipper in our review of Minnetonka slippers, as well. 

Casey (small)

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