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The best women's slipper

2019-10-01

After a long day, there's nothing more comforting than freeing your achy feet by stepping into a decadent pair of slippers. Walking around the house barefoot or in socks can lead to chilly feet, splinters, or dangerous slips and trips. Slippers are offered in a variety of styles including pairs with extra cushioning, a focus on arch support for plantar fasciitis, or memory foam for diabetes pain.

Finding high-quality slippers without breaking the bank, however, is no easy task. Read this shopping guide to learn more about finding the coziest slippers that fit your needs. We've reviewed some of our favorites, including our top choice, a comfy sheepskin moccasin by Ugg.

Considerations when choosing women's slippers

Women's slippers are offered in a range of shapes and sizes that are far beyond one-size-fits-all. Finding the style that's suitable for you is the important groundwork. Following are the four most commonly available varieties on the market:

Slipper boots: These offer the option of extended ankle coverage and foot protection. They're also the warmest and most insulating option in cold weather. However, this insulation can be too effective, potentially leading to sweaty feet. Slipper boots with more structure are wearable outdoors but take the most work to get on and off and retain too much heat for warmer climates.

Sandal slippers: With an open-toed style and a heel, these slippers offer breathability but aren't necessarily known for comfort or supportive qualities. Instead, they're a lightweight option for hot days to protect bare feet while promoting air circulation. However, they're not usually padded or supportive, and are designed with a focus on practicality over comfort.

Open-heel slippers: One of the most popular slipper choices due to their functional  closed-toe design with an open heel, letting you take slippers on and off with ease while keeping toes warm.  Styles often feature rubber soles for outdoor versatility. If your heels get cold easily or you tend to walk long distances, open-heel slippers may not be right for you.

Closed-back slippers: These cover your entire foot, and tend to offer an optimal blend of comfort, support, protection, and warmth — especially for those who get cold easily. While many styles are comfortable and plushly padded, moderate to warm climates might require a more open style. Closed-back styles can be tough to get on and are not as breathable as other alternatives.

Features

Comfort: This is the foundation of decision-making when it comes to finding the right slippers. A well-cushioned sole with soft materials and the proper fit are all important factors, but comfort is subjective for each wearer. Those living in colder temperatures will put insulation higher on the priority list, whereas foot pain requires more advanced support and additional cushioning.

Sole: Whether your slippers are meant for indoor or outdoor use, a sturdy sole is important to prevent skidding on hard floors as well as more dangerous incidents with errant sharp objects and kid's toys on the floor. Thin soles also provide no insulation and can lead to sore feet. Try to find waterproof soles with good shock absorption, such as Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) rubber.

Design style: This all comes down to your personal taste, and there are plenty of aesthetically pleasing designs to suit your style. For indoor/outdoor versatility, moccasins are a popular choice with a touch of personality. Another way to incorporate your style is a pop of colour or a distinct pattern.

Materials

Memory foam: Contouring to the shape of your foot, this malleable material is popular for its supreme comfort and enhanced cushioning, but isn't as breathable as other materials.

Sheepskin and suede: Luxury options often use this durable material, which insulates with ease but can require special care and a breaking-in period.

Felt: Wool fibers insulate year round, promoting breathability with a comfy and lightweight essence. However, some find felt to be too stiff for their liking, and the price point can also be high.

Synthetic/natural blends: Cotton, polyester, and spandex are all practical and durable options that are budget friendly and low maintenance. Depending on the ratio of materials, breathability and insulation can be a concern.

Price

Slippers can start at $5 and can run upwards of $80.  For $5 to $15, slippers include minimal insulation and protection from floors, while the $30 to $80 price point offers more luxurious and orthopedic aspects. For $80 and up, you can expect premium materials and durability, often coming from designer brands.

FAQ

Q. How do I clean sheepskin slippers?

A. Keep them looking their best by first treating them with a water-based weather guard to protect from stains. Spot-clean with diluted suede cleaner and cold water, using a soft sponge and by blotting excess moisture with a towel.

Q. Should I wear my slippers with or without socks?

A. Wearing socks can help protect the lining of your slippers from odor-causing bacteria and moisture. Together, socks and slippers can create overheated and sweaty feet, which is remedied by breathable, thin athletic socks.

Women's slippers we recommend

Best of the best: UGG's Women's Ansley Slipper

Our take: A high-end offering from a brand known for meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious materials.

What we like: Extremely durable with a rubber sole, making for easy outdoor use. Very comfortable option for colder weather.

What we dislike: The price point is too high for some.

Best bang for your buck: CLPP'LI's Women's Slip-On Faux Fur/Suede Slippers

Our take: A well-made option for those who want versatility in an open-heeled slipper while feeling like they're floating on a cloud.

What we like: These backless suede and faux-fur slippers are easy to slip on and off but keep toes warm with their soft lining. Water-resistant materials and lots of color options make this pair stand out.

What we dislike: Sizes can run a bit small, so order one size up.

Choice 3: RockDove's Women's Fair Isle Sweater-Knit Memory Foam Slipper

Our take: An open-backed cotton-blend slipper with unique memory foam composition and added arch support to relieve foot pain.

What we like: Featuring a sweater-knitted upper that repels dust, these slippers are going to be cozier than your favorite pullover. The high-density sole molds to your foot shape while providing support.

What we dislike: Sizes run small.

Naima Karp is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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