The Best Slippers – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide
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A growing body of research and increased public awareness on the importance of snoozing gave way to a flourishing sleep industry. To capitalize on our society’s sleep obsession, manufacturers have released sophisticated gadgets ranging from white noise machines to smart beds designed to help us catch more z’s. But beyond finding the right mattress and pillow, improving your sleep could be as simple as sliding on a pair of slippers. Warming up your feet in a pair of comfy slippers before bedtime can help regulate your body temperature and alert the brain that it’s time to sleep.
Learn more about choosing the best slippers to help you sleep in the buying guide below. In addition to reviews of the best slippers on the market, we’ve explored the benefits of wearing slippers and discussed factors to consider when choosing a model to suit your unique needs and lifestyle.
From celebrated Danish shoemakers, the Glerups Unisex Model B Slipper is crafted from a blend of natural raw materials. The uppers are felted from 95 percent Merino wool and 5 percent Gotland, Swedish wool. The wool blend is soft and breathable, helping to keep feet warm in cold temperatures and cool in warmer temperatures. The felt is also naturally water-resistant, ensuring water vapor can pass through the material to prevent sweat and odor from getting trapped. The slippers are made from a single piece of felted wool stitched onto a flexible, slip-resistant calfskin leather sole designed for indoor use only. The classic, unisex design comes in multiple colors, including grey, charcoal, red, purple, orange, and brown.
Available in multiple colors with decorative stitching
Designed for indoor & outdoor use
Free shipping & returns within U.S.
From the iconic Australian brand, the UGG Ansley Moccasin is a versatile moccasin-style slipper designed for both indoor and outdoor wear. The slippers feature special silkee suede uppers designed to hold in warmth while repelling water and stains. On the inside are fluffy wool inners designed to feel like genuine shearling. The mocassins feature soft wool insoles and durable rubber outsoles.
Like all UGG boots, the UGG Women’s Ansley Moccasin uses suede sourced from farmers who raise sheep for food. The slippers come in a variety of colors, including black, grey, chestnut, and sunset.
Although they differ in design, the UGG Men’s Ascot Slipper is virtually identical to the UGG Women’s Ansley Moccasin in materials. Both are made for indoor and outdoor wear with water-resistant suede uppers, pure wool lining, and a durable rubber sole. The Men’s Ascot Slipper comes in slightly different color offerings, including charcoal, chestnut, espresso, and black suede.
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From a modern bedding and bath designer, the Parachute Waffle Slippers are designed to be slipped on and off with ease. The simple slippers are crafted with breathable textured cotton in an attractive and absorbent waffle weave. On the bottom is a cushioned insole with a slip-resistant ribbed rubber outsole. The Parachute Waffle Slippers come in a choice of two colors: tan or grey.
Our pick for best price, the Ultraideas Cozy Memory Foam Slippers boast a comfy, durable design with quality materials for a relatively low cost. The slippers include fleece uppers with soft fleece inners designed to look and feel like wool. The insoles are made from a high-density memory foam that contours the foot to provide support and comfort, while the outsoles are crafted from a sturdy, durable rubber for indoor and outdoor wear. Ultraideas Women’s Cozy Memory Foam Slippers are available in different colors, including black, purple, royal blue, and wine.
The Ultraideas Men’s Cozy Memory Foam Slippers are identical in design and composition to the women’s version, with plush fleece uppers and inners and a contouring memory foam insole. However, the men’s slippers are available in a slightly different selection of colors, including black, brown, and space black.
The right variety of slippers for you depends on your needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences. We’ll go into more detail and explore special considerations for buying slippers below.
Why Purchase Slippers?
Research has found that warming feet with a pair of socks or slippers as part of your bedtime routine can encourage the onset of sleep by helping to regulate the body’s internal temperature. Warming up the feet and hands causes vasodilation, or the dilation of blood vessels. As blood vessels open in the feet and hands, heat is released through the skin and the body temperature starts to drop. Melatonin, a sleep hormone, plays a key role in the release of heat through the skin, which in turn is associated with increased sleepiness and sleep induction. By helping the body’s core temperature drop faster than going to sleep with cold feet, wearing slippers may help you fall asleep faster.
Beyond sleep, there are many other benefits associated with wearing slippers in the home. By wearing slippers indoors, you avoid tracking the dirt and bacteria carried on your shoes from the outside world on your floors. In addition, quality slippers with a slip-resistant sole can prevent trip and fall accidents on slippery wood, tile, and linoleum surfaces. Slippers also protect your feet’s natural moisture, staving off cracking and dryness during the cold winter months.
What should you look for in a pair of slippers?
When shopping for a pair of quality slippers that fit your needs, here are the most critical factors to consider:
A slipper’s material — including the outer material or “uppers”, inner lining or “inners”, insoles, and outsoles — will affect its comfort, warmth, durability, and functionality. We’ve explained the potential benefits and drawbacks of the most common slipper uppers, inners, and sole materials below.
Wool. A natural, sustainable fabric, wool is both warm, breathable, and moisture wicking. Wool slippers help keep toes toasty in the winter and cool in the summer, in addition to being durable and hypoallergenic.
Cotton.Like wool, cotton is a breathable, natural fiber. However, while wool wicks away moisture and sweat, cotton tends to absorb it. That means that if cotton slippers become wet or saturated with sweat, they may take longer to dry.
Fleece.A synthetic fabric typically crafted from polyester, fleece is warm, breathable, and fuzzy to the touch. Fleece tends to be softer and lighter than wool, but does not offer insulation when wet. Compared to cotton, fleece is quicker to dry but may be less breathable.
Suede and faux suede.Made from the hide of animals — often sheep — suede tends to be effective at keeping out the cold, but absorbs water easily and can be difficult to clean. Faux suede or suedette is an animal-friendly, cost-effective, water-resistant alternative to suede that may be easier to clean.
Leather.Created from tanning animal rawhides and skins, leather is a breathable, water-resistant material that develops a softness and character over time.
Memory foam.In addition to being used in mattresses and pillows, memory foam can be found in the insoles of slippers and other footwear. The unique material conforms to the shape of the foot, providing support and comfort. Memory foam tends to retain heat, though some memory foam soles are infused with gel to help regulate temperature.
Rubber. Whether natural or synthetic, rubber is typically used in the outsoles of slippers due to its flexibility, strength, and durability. Compared to leather soles, rubber soles offer better traction and tend to be lower cost.
Comfort & Durability
Comfort and durability are both important factors to take into account when weighing different slipper options. To assess a slipper’s comfort and durability, here are some basics to consider:
Warmth. Particularly if you are purchasing slippers to help you warm your feet and promote better sleep, it’s critical to choose a pair designed to keep your toes toasty. Materials like wool, sheepskin suede, and fleece are ideal for protecting feet from the cold and damp.
Water resistance.Note whether your slippers are waterproof or water resistant, particularly if you plan on wearing your slippers for tasks like running outside to grab the mail. Look for slippers made from waterproof materials like rubber or water-resistant materials like wool and leather.
Versatility.Again, consider whether you’d like your slippers to be versatile enough to be used outdoors, while driving, etc., or if you plan on using them only indoors before and after sleeping or showering. Durable materials like wool and rubber may be appropriate for a greater variety of environments, while more delicate fabrics like cotton may only be suitable for indoor use.
Support. Do you plan to use your slippers briefly or for multiple hours a day? If you will be wearing your slippers for long periods of time, it’s important that they offer adequate arch support. Consider slippers with memory foam insoles, which contour to the shape of your feet for superior support.
Ease of wash is particularly important if you plan on using your slippers throughout your entire house and outdoors on occasion, but even slippers that are worn only in your bedroom can get dirty over time.
When purchasing slippers, review cleaning instructions to determine how easy or difficult they will be to wash. Note whether slippers may be thrown in a conventional washer or whether they require spot or dry cleaning. Similarly, determine whether they can be tossed in a dryer or if they should be air-dried.
Color & Pattern
Slippers come in a huge variety of colors and designs, from classic and understated to fluffy and playful. If you are interested in keeping your slippers for a long time, we recommend choosing a neutral, basic style that you are less likely to outgrow as your personal style and tastes change.
Additional Purchase Considerations
After finding slippers with design features that suit your needs and preferences, there are a few additional purchase considerations worth keeping in mind:
Shipping & Delivery – Before making a final purchasing decision, check to make sure the company offers shipping to your location. Some companies may offer free shipping within the contiguous U.S. but charge an extra fee for delivery to destinations in Alaska or Hawaii. If you are purchasing your slippers via Amazon, look to see if the order is eligible for free, two-day shipping with an Amazon Prime membership.
Warranty & Returns – It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with the return policy and warranty before making any kind of purchase, but especially when shopping online. When it comes to returns, trial periods, and warranties, different companies may have different policies. Before making a slipper purchase, review the return policy to find out what the procedure is for exchanging for a different size. Check to see if you can get a full refund if you decide you don’t like your slippers, and to determine for how long after purchase returns are accepted. It’s also worth noting whether the company offers free returns or if you will have to pay for return shipping costs.
Similarly, look over the warranty to find out if the slippers are protected against manufacturing defects. Will you be covered if a defect appears, and for how long?
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