The One Pair of Shoes Every Dog Owner Should Have

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When I picked up 8-week-old Roosevelt, he immediately solidified our bond my vomiting in my hair (three times) in the first 20 minutes of our car ride. From then, I knew adding a puppy to our family was going to be a messy affair. So I stocked up on puppy pads and doggie bags and “odor reducing” sprays, yet still found myself flummoxed when he’d leave me a little gift right by the door.

As RoRo grew and adapted to our household quirks (a cat who opens and unlocks doors and a husband incapable of picking up his shoes), so did I to his quirks. And it became clear that when he woke me up at 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. he needed to go, and he needed to go now. I may reside in California, but it’s still damn cold in the early morning hours and clomping out barefoot just wasn’t working. So before I begrudgingly purchased a pair of Uggs to only be worn while taking him out, I needed to do some shoe research.

When I got an email about the new “Thai-Ha” Plae slippers ($65), I was intrigued by both the Instagram-friendly colors and the fact that they match my favorite pair of pajamas. (Yes, I’m weirdly vain about PJs.) And then they arrived at my doorstep a couple of days later, and I felt hopeful. Maybe now I wouldn’t be so frustrated when Ro woke me up at 2 a.m. for a trip outside. So, I took them for a spin.

Somewhere between the washable teal velour, collapsible ultra-suede heel and active traction sole, I found a nugget of positivity in the hell that is puppy potty training. They saved me from slipping on wet tile a number of times and the supportive insole made standing outside in the pitch black a lot more comfortable.

Now, I can tell you that I put them on the moment I get home and don’t take them off until he’s in his crate for bedtime. (What can I say? He loves gnawing on shoes.)

So, if you need a shoe to make you less irritated at middle-of-the-night outdoor adventures or you just like comfortable and pretty slippers, consider the “Thai-Ha” Plae slippers. Oh, and also remember: Potty training is temporary.

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Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.