Slippers have gone from being a comfortable shoe to wear on lazy Sunday mornings to many people’s everyday footwear of choice. But with so many slipper options out there — from shearling lined, to hand-knit — it can be hard to figure out which pair to get, which is why we went through our archives and made a list of our all-time favorites. There are insulated slippers from Tokyo that one writer wears during L.A. winters, customizable wool slides, and a pair of rubber-treaded sandals Baz Luhrmann told us he can’t live without. We’ve included lots of soft and cozy options, as well as ones that are sturdy enough to use indoors and out.
Best closed-toe slippers
We named UGG’s Coquettes our best overall women’s slipper, and with an extra-fluffy shearling lining and thick rubber sole, they’d work great indoors and outdoors. Strategist writer Arielle Avila says they’re easy to slide on because they have an open back, but they don’t flop around because the lining is so thick. She’s worn hers almost every day for about four months, and she says they still look and feel brand-new. Stylist Mecca James-Williams and Vogue market editor Naomi Elizée say they appreciate the shoe’s solid, supportive sole and overall coziness, respectively. “Whenever I put them on, it feels like a hug, but for my feet,” Elizée says.
Strategist writer Katherine Gillespie recommends Parachute’s terry-cloth slippers to make you feel like you’re in a spa. They have a grippy rubber sole and are otherwise made entirely out of soft Turkish cotton — the same material as Parachute’s classic bathrobes — which renders them “rather absorbent, like putting your feet on a nice, fluffy bath mat and then walking around with that sensation,” Gillespie says. Tiffany Thompson, founder of Portland-based residential-design firm Duet, says they make great housewarming gifts “to make you feel like your new home is a hotel.” A note on sizing: Parachute’s design is unisex and runs large; Gillespie wears a woman’s size seven and says an extra small would have been best for her.
And for house slippers that cost less than a latte, Marcia Josephs, founding editor of Dream and HD and an associate public-relations manager at UGG, recommended these Ikea slippers to us, saying that they’re cheap, simply designed, and great for travel. The cushioned EVA foam insoles are comfy for long flights, while the grippy outsoles add stability while you’re walking to the bathroom — plus, at just $4, it’s not the end of the world if you accidentally lose them mid-journey.
In a previous version of this story, we named these loafer-style slippers are a favorite among reviewers on Amazon, including one who says they’re (abstractly) akin to “an old best friend and a childhood pet rolled into one well-crafted piece of footwear.” As for their actual feel, the slipper’s genuine-shearling lining is described as comfortable and “well worth the splurge” by thousands of pleased customers. We’ve also said they’d make a good gift for your tween nephew.
If shearling-lined footwear makes your feet sweat, Strategist writer Kitty Guo tested these Pelli slippers from Lusso and says they’re breathable, thanks to the waffle-knit recycled bamboo upper stretched over perforated memory foam that promotes air circulation. And because of the footbed’s triple layers of foam, Guo says the comfort is unmatched. “It really did feel like walking on a cloud,” she says. “Or, less fancifully, a firm mattress.”
These waffle slippers with padded insoles and grippy outsoles from Hawkins New York are a fraction of the price of the UGGs and the Lussos. Alex Crane, founder and designer of his eponymous clothing line, says they’re like “wearing glorious, springy clouds on your feet.” They’re easy to throw in the washing machine and come in more than ten colors for small, medium, and large sizes.
Designed in the home of all things hygge, these unisex, Danish-made slippers have been a Strategist favorite since 2017, when our then-writer Lauren Levy named them as the best wool slippers on the market. Since then, everyone from a lead buyer at Zappos to National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas has vouched for Glerups’s comfort and durability while lounging inside or walking to the bodega. As former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson puts it, the wool feels “warm, soft, and not at all itchy,” and the treaded rubber sole “offers more grip and protection for heading out.”
Strategist contributor Zoe Dubno gifted multiple pairs of these customizable wool Halflingers last winter. The felt-lined slippers come in a few novelty designs for the people in your life who love coffee, beer steins, puppies, cats, horses, monsteras, chickens, and more. If that’s not quite your style, Dubno says the brand also offers a chic plain slipper.
Best open-toe slippers
Adidas’s classic open-toed slides are “wonderfully comfortable,” Strategist senior editor Jen Trolio says. “The footbed is molded just right, without any break-in period or eventual gross black footprint on the sole,” she says. Brian Kelly, founder of travel website The Points Guy, says he likes traveling with the simple rubber slides because they’re “ultra-comfortable and my ultimate lounging shoes when hanging at a resort or going to the beach.”
Indie McFarlane, founder of Indy Sunglasses, says she likes these eco-friendly luxury slippers from Nomasei, an Italian brand founded by two former Chloé designers. McFarlane’s go-to pair are sunny yellow and made with fleece-lined straps and a foam-mattress footpad for extra comfort. She appreciates that the outsole is partially made from bioplastic composed of corn, beet, and sugarcane waste, saying “they’re probably one of the most eco-friendly luxury slippers on the market now.”
Birkenstock’s unisex Arizona style has been recommended widely across the Strategist, and this fuzzier take is no exception. While working from home during the pandemic, Leset founder Lili Chemla has appreciated that this shoe’s shearling-lined sole is soft enough for lounging but substantial enough to remind you “that it’s still a workday.” James-Williams is also a fan and agrees that the slippers are comfortable enough to “wear in the house and also while running errands in the neighborhood.”
Best slippers for the outdoors
For a truly rugged slipper, Canoe Club co-founder Timothy Grindle recommended these stylish slides to us. The Hokas’ oversize midsoles and ventilated uppers are “substantial enough to run errands in and are truly like walking on clouds,” Grindle says. They’re also Strategist contributor Chris Black’s go-to summer shoe — he says he likes the breathable design, and the chunky midsole is great for keeping your feet and legs relaxed after workouts.
At a more affordable price point, these Crocs slides have an easy-to-clean material for wearing in the shower or out the door. Stylist Hannah Black says they’re perfect for the summer, and with Crocs’ classic ventilation holes and grippy soles, the shoes won’t get hot and are safe to wear around a slippery pool. Amazon reviewers are also fans — the shoes have a 4.6-star rating with more than 6,000 reviews, with one buyer saying that the Crocs’s grippy soles last longer than similar brands. They come in 11 different colors.
Strategist contributor Lauren Adams is somewhat of a comfortable-shoe aficionado (she owns many of the slippers on this list) even though she lives in sunny Los Angeles. On a trip to Tokyo a couple of years ago, she discovered these insulated slippers, which she says are like “puffer jackets for your feet” with a touch of Japanese minimalist design. Former Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno received a red pair last Christmas and says they’re “as cozy and comfy” as Adams claims.
Designer Sandy Liang’s favorite Merrell clogs are no longer available, but this updated version has virtually the same design, down to the faux-shearling lining that will keep you toasty even in the coldest climates. Liang says the added support from the removable insole and low heel “keeps my feet happy, even if I’m standing on a shoot all day.”
Best slippers for arch support
“Once you get over the stunning visuals of what these slides look like, I love these slides,” veteran journalist SuChin Pak says of these OOFOS sandals. Though they may not be the most beautiful, their pressure-relief benefits compensate for what they lack in style. Pak notes that the extra-thick sole makes walking a little wobbly at first and forces “you to put pressure on different points of your foot,” which in turn reduces stress on sore feet, knees, and lower backs.
Flat feet can make slippers uncomfortable and even painful, but these slip-ons from Giesswein live up to the shoemaker’s low-arch-friendly reputation. Former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson says the exaggerated support is “extremely high profile,” which makes it ideal for those who find regular slippers too flimsy and need a pair that offers the structure necessary to reduce pain.
Best slipper socks
Former Strategist associate editor Louis Cheslaw received these hybrid sock-slippers from Bombas as a present and loved them so much that he bought three more pairs to gift to others. “They’re incredibly warm, they pack down flat for travel, and the rubber dots on the soles keep you from slipping as you run up and down stairs and from room to room,” he says.
We’ve said L.L. Bean makes three things perfectly: snow boots, tote bags, and slippers, including this pair of moccasin-style slip-ons from the brand’s (aptly named) Wicked Good Slippers line. Content strategist and video producer Siraad Dirshe has been wearing them for years, and she says “the durable sole makes them ideal for both indoor and outdoor wear, and the shearling lining helps to draw moisture away from your feet.” We think they’d make a good gift for the dad whose closet is full of (one too many) free hotel slippers.
Best splurge slippers
Both photographer Malcolm McNeil and director Baz Luhrmann prefer these comfy Suicoke Moto Cab slippers for their molded rubber footbeds and treaded foam rubber soles. McNeil says he likes that they’re versatile and fashionable, and they’re “easy to style for casual outfits, comfortable for a calm stroll, and easy enough to throw on for the beach or airport.” Luhrmann says they’re easy to kick off in the TSA line and he has “an almost embarrassing array of them.” They come in a wide range of colors — McNeil likes black, while Luhrmann prefers midnight blue.
In a recent Assistant Files, we spoke to “Clara,” a former assistant to a Chinese beer heiress turned education-tech CEO. She says her boss didn’t allow outside shoes in the apartment so she wore these Frette slippers at all times, preferring their thick velvet soles to flimsier brands’. Her boss would request a new pair every month, even if they weren’t worn in, and the “old” ones would go into a bucket for guest use.
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