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Between standing all day or working out, feet can take a pretty heavy beating. So it's absolutely essential to have a nice pair of slippers. A great option is one that's durable, stylish, and serves your particular needs. For anyone with foot pain or plantar fasciitis, interior support and memory foam is essential. Also, if you plan on wearing the slippers inside and outdoors, a rubber sole provides great traction and a higher back offers support.
While style is absolutely important, don't overlook fit. "Correct sizing is one of the most important aspects of choosing a slipper," says Dr. Diana Rogers of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. "You need to make sure your heel and toes do not hang over the edge which can cause increased pain."
To help you pick the right pair, here are the best slippers.
Most Popular: ULTRAIDEAS Comfort Fleece Memory Foam Slippers
Material: Fleece | Sole: Rubber | Care: Machine washable
Warm fleece interior
Memory foam contours to the foot
No arch support
Made of three layers of memory foam, this pair feels luxurious each time you slip them on. Available in four different colors and all sizes, this will be your new favorite pair to wear around the house. These slippers are a popular choice because they're both comfortable and warm. They do run a bit small, though, so it's best to size up. Did we mention they're machine washable, too?
"It’s hard to find a spot on these slippers that doesn’t remind me of a baby rabbit: The slipper is covered in velvet-like synthetic coral fleece and lined with even more fluffy fleece."—Erika Owen, Product Tester
Best for Women: UGG Ansley Slippers
Material: Suede and wool | Sole: Rubber | Care: Spot clean
Can be worn indoors and outside
Can take time to break in
If you are willing to spend a little more money for extra comfort, consider a pair like this one from UGG Australia. On the outside, you’ll find water-resistant suede and a rubber outsole which makes these slippers fine to wear both inside and out. The interior has a cozy lining that’s made to keep your feet warm without overheating. And to fit everyone’s fashion sense, this slipper is available in 15 different colors.
Customers have praised the slippers for their comfort and style. Some have also raved about how well-made and durable they are. Note that the sizes run small, so you might want to order one size bigger than your normal shoe size.
"I wear a solid size 8 women’s shoe—I am always comfortable ordering shoes online as I fall so distinctly into that size group, I almost never have issues. That being said, this shoe was beyond tight along the top of my foot...I would suggest sizing up."—Erika Owen, Product Tester
Best Support: HAFLINGER AT Wool Slippers
Material: Wool | Sole: Rubber | Care: Machine washable
These slippers have molded arch support that helps with the fit and alignment of the foot. They're designed to keep your feet at the right temperature, no matter what environment you’re in, and will absorb moisture to help keep them dry, too. Rubber soles on the bottom make these slippers great to use inside or outdoors.
In terms of care, reviewers have said they’ve had success with running these slippers through the washing machine and letting them air-dry overnight. Made for both men and women, these slippers come in an assortment of colors including gray, red, and black.
Best Indoor-Outdoor: L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
Material: Shearling | Sole: Rubber | Care: Spot clean
Range of sizes
Available in wide width
Great traction on the soles
Lining can get matted
If you need a pair of slippers that will work for short jaunts outside the house as well as inside, L.L. Bean's Wicked Good Moccasins are up for the task. These classic looking moccasins are durable and attractive, and will stand up to everything from morning walks with the dog to chasing kids around the living room.
Named "wicked good" for a reason, these slippers are made from sheepskin and have a soft shearling lining that's designed to wick away moisture. The memory foam footbed ensures a comfortable fit—even when you're wearing them for hours at a time—and the hard sole offers the perfect amount of support.
"I can attest that these slippers are just as comfortable as they look. I wear them year-round with socks and without, and while the premium shearling does wear over time (I'm on my second pair), they somehow don't stink or smell like sweaty feet. On hardwood, I never worry about slipping, and the rubber adds an extra layer between your toes and the cold floorboards when temperatures drop below freezing."—Meg Lappe, Senior Commerce Editor
Best with Shearling: UGG Women's Coquette Slipper
Material: Shearling | Sole: Rubber | Care: Leather cleaner
Little arch support
If you’re looking for major warmth in a slipper, a shearling pair is an obvious choice. This suede pair is lined with shearling and features an updated, cork-infused rubber outsole that provides durability and allows you to wear them both inside and outside. They’re so warm you can wear them without socks in the cold and still have cozy feet, but not so hot that they’ll make your feet sweat.
Customers have raved about the comfort, with some describing them as pillows for your feet. They do run small, especially since there’s a thick lining, so you might want to go up a size (or even two).
"We have wood floors throughout our house and marble in our bathroom. The rubber soles provided a firm grip on these surfaces, which tend to be a little slippery. Despite the plushness of the upper portion of the slipper, the bottoms are also sturdy enough for quick outdoor tasks like running to the mailbox or taking your dog on a walk around the block."—Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Best Slipper Socks: World's Softest Cozy Slippers
Material: Polyester | Sole: Foam | Care: Machine washable
Easy to travel with
No arch support
Sometimes, an actual slipper might feel too cumbersome on your feet at home—that's when a slipper sock might be a smart option for you. This pair has glowing reviews from people who love their versatility and ability to travel well as they're small enough to stash in an overnight bag. You could even leave a pair for houseguests to help them feel at home during their stay.
These slippers improve on socks with a foam lining on the bottom that's thin, but comfortable. Since they don't have a rubber sole, reviewers note that they can wear out over time, especially if you wear them outside (which is not recommended).
Best Monogrammed: Etsy Personalized Bridal Slipper
Material: Faux fur | Sole: Rubber | Care: Spot clean
Criss-cross style keeps feet in place
Soft, faux fur material
Who doesn't love something that's personalized? Though these slippers are great for a bridal party, you can absolutely customize them with your text of choice on the left and right foot. The words are written in a fun glitter that stands out against the fluffy material.
These slippers feature plush faux fur and a sponge-like bottom your feet will sink right into. Also, the criss-cross design truly makes them stand out. There are more than six colors to choose from, including red, black, and leopard, so there's truly something for every taste.
Best Versatile: Parachute Classic Slippers
Material: Cotton | Sole: Rubber | Care: Machine washable
Easy to clean
No interior support
Threads can start to show with extended wear
A common complaint with some slippers is that the interior lining is too hot for the warmer months. Suede, faux fur, and shearling can cause feet to perspire, which can be uncomfortable when you're wearing them for long periods of time. For a more versatile pair of slippers, we recommend Parachute's Classic Slippers, which are made from 100 percent cotton terry. Cotton is known for being more breathable than other materials but it's still able to insulate.
Parachute's slippers are available in two colors (white and stone) and five different sizes ranging from Extra Small to Extra Large. Another great feature? You can throw them in the washing machine to freshen them up. Just be sure to let them air-dry afterward.
Best for Kids: Crocs Kids' Classic Slippers
Material: Wool | Sole: Rubber | Care: Spot clean
Runs true to size
Indoor use only
Shopping for little feet? This is a great pair of slippers for kids. The felt outside is paired with a fuzzy lining that kids will love wiggling their toes around in. The slippers come in five colors: pink, ice blue, cerulean, navy, and grey.
Each slipper has an elastic band that keeps the slipper securely on your child's foot, so you can worry less about them tripping or sliding. The slippers also have a rubber sole with small nubs for traction, which minimizes slipping and will give you a little peace of mind if your child insists on wearing their slippers to the grocery store
Most Stylish: Sorel Nakiska Scuff Slippers
Material: Suede | Sole: Rubber | Care: Spot clean
Warm faux fur lining
If you're looking for a pair of slippers that will fit right in with your stylish athleisure, these Sorels are just the ticket. The exterior is made of felt and suede, which give the slippers a look that manages to be both polished and cozy at the same time.
The bottom of the slipper is coated in grippy rubber, so you can grab the mail from outside or wear these out onto your deck without getting damp feet or frozen toes. The slipper is lined with faux fur and has a removable, cushioned insole that reviewers say provides great arch support and makes these slippers comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time.
What to Look for in a Pair of Slippers
When choosing slippers, one of the most important factors to consider is their material. Generally, you should opt for natural materials over synthetics. Polyester and other synthetic materials aren't as breathable and can cause your feet to sweat.
"Generally, a rubber or synthetic sole is best for most surfaces as it provides the best shock absorption," says Dr. Bruce Pinker, a board-certified Podiatrist and Foot Surgeon at Progressive Foot Care. Rubber is durable, waterproof, and provides good traction. Cork has the same benefits as rubber but is also naturally odor resistant and moisture-wicking.
Backs vs. no backs
Though backless slippers are no doubt easier to put on, you might have trouble keeping them on your feet if you’re doing much more than going from the bedroom to the bathroom. If you’re up and about a lot, consider slippers with backs instead.
What size slippers should you buy?
You can typically buy your normal shoe size when shopping for slippers. However, since some brands' sizes run small or large, always check their sizing chart to find the best fit. Also, if you plan to wear chunky socks for added warmth, it may be worth going up half a size.
How do you clean slippers?
It's always best to check the manufacturer's care label to determine the best way to clean your slippers. Some are easy to manage and can be thrown in the washing machine, and others, especially leather or suede, should be spot cleaned. Rogers suggests using an anti-bacterial spray once a week to prevent bacteria build-up, which can lead to odor.
Can you wear slippers outside?
Though many people solely wear slippers indoors, some are perfectly fine to be worn outside as well. A thick rubber sole provides great traction and a material like leather, suede, or shearling keeps your feet warm. Also, a slipper with a back provides more security and your feet are less likely to slip out as you're walking.
Why Trust The Spruce?
To assist with the product selection of the slippers in this guide, we sought the opinions of several experts. Dr. Diana Rogers of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is a former collegiate athlete and is board certified in both foot and reconstructive rear foot ankle surgery. Also, Dr. Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon.
This roundup was updated by Patrice J. Williams who has been writing gift guides for The Spruce since 2020. She researched notable brands and top-rated products for slippers that accommodate all budgets and needs.