The best women’s slippers
Best women’s slippers in 2020 – Business Insider
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- Your feet wait all day long for their chance to slide into slippers and relax, which is why your go-to pair should make your feet feel cozy, yet supported.
- The L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins, our top pick for women’s slippers thanks to their comfort, style, and reliability.
- If you’re looking for men’s sizing, check out our guide to the best men’s slippers.
Whether you have perpetually cold feet, you follow a no-outdoor-shoes-inside-the-house rule and need something for indoor wear, or you just feel your soles deserve a touch of comfort, the right slippers make all the difference.
But what makes a good slipper? That might be a matter of opinion, but we look for options that are supportive, yet comfortable, and have a little bit of style. Because of that, our top pick is the tried and true L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins, a mainstay of cozy comfort from a brand that has had a steadfast reputation for decades. But our other picks also get top marks, too, especially if you’re more particular about your slipper selection.
Here are the best women’s slippers you can buy in 2020:
- Best slippers overall: L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
- Best slip-on slippers: Minnetonka Chesney Slippers
- Best outdoor slippers: Ugg Tasman Slippers
- Best full-coverage slippers: L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers
- Best vegan slippers: Birdies Heron Slippers
- Best ergonomic slippers: Vionic Women’s Relax Slippers
Updated on 10/6/2020 by Maria Del Russo: Updated links and prices. Added two new styles to our list of what we’re looking forward to testing. We are currently in the process of retesting these options and will update this guide with our results.
The best slippers overall
For many people, “slipper” is synonymous with shearling-lined, suede moccasins like the Wicked Good Moccasins from L.L.Bean.
L.L.Bean’s Wicked Good Moccasins are the classic moccasin-style slipper. They are fully lined with real shearling – no faux sheepskin here – and have warm suede uppers that gently gather around the top of the foot, and include a suede cord that ties in a bow. These slippers also have a sturdy rubber outsole, so you can wear them for quick trips outdoors as well as cozying up inside.
We’re not the only ones who love this fluffy shearling option. On L.L.Bean’s own site, the Wicked Good Moccasins have nearly 5,000 reviews. Some buyers do mention, however, that the slippers run a bit small, and others feel the shearling wears out sooner than they would expect. If you find this happens, you can buy a new shearling insole at L.L.Bean for $30.
If you’re looking for a pair of cozy and warm slippers, the Wicked Good Moccasins are a great choice. That said, if your feet get hot easily though, you may want something made with a more breathable material or an open-back style.
Pros: Real shearling, very soft, super warm
Cons: Might overheat your feet, some customers feel they wear out too quickly
The best slip-on slippers
Minnetonka’s Chesney slippers are soft, warm, and affordable.
Minnetonka started as a roadside gift shop in 1946. Since then, the company has been making high-quality leather and suede slippers, moccasins, boots, and more. We tried several different pairs of Minnetonka slippers and enjoyed them all, but it’s the Chesney slippers that really stood out to us.
These real suede slippers are cozy, comfy, and attractive. The slippers are easy to slide on and off and they have a sturdy, hard sole so you can wear them outside to run a quick errand if need be.
But best of all, these slippers are warm. My feet always feel like ice cubes as soon as temperatures drop below 65 degrees, but I really hate wearing socks, so it’s slippers or nothing. I’ve been a fan of Minnetonka’s moccasins for years, so I was excited to try the Chesney slippers, and they lived up to my expectations.
They are plush, warm, and solid enough to support my feet even if I wear them outside or downstairs to the laundry room in my apartment building. I wiggle my toes into these toasty warm slippers every night after work. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Warm, comfy, affordable, good solid sole, real suede
Cons: Not for long excursions outside
The best full-coverage slippers
The L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers come up to your ankle to keep your whole foot warm and secure in cold weather.
These slippers are a variation on our top pick that provide a bit more coverage to make sure you stay warm. While the moccasins stop below your ankle, exposing the gap between your slippers and your pants to cold air, the Wicked Good Slippers come all the way up over your ankle bone.
They’re genuine shearling-lined and incredibly soft, so they’re perfect apartments where the heating is a bit spotty in the winter months. Even though they come up so high on the foot, they’re so soft that there’s no pinching or digging, even when you’ve got your feet curled up under you on the couch.
The shearling is moisture-wicking, so even though your feet may get a bit sweaty due to the limited breathability of the suede, they will still stay relatively dry. The shearling does get matted over years of wear, losing some of its initial fluffiness, but the integrity of the overall slipper has lasted very well.
You can’t slip them on — they require at least one hand to assist you in pulling them over your heel — but they’re not going to fall off your feet as you rush around the house either.
Unlike the Wicked Good Moccasins, the Wicked Good Slippers don’t have a rubber outsole, so they are indoor only. The leather sole isn’t textured, and though I’ve never found them to be slippery, you may want to be careful on tile surfaces.
Pros: Full coverage, long-lasting, genuine sheepskin and shearling
Cons: Indoor only, shearling can become matted from wear, sole may be slippery
The best vegan slippers
The Birdie Heron Slippers combine luxe looks with shock-absorbing cushioning and high-density memory foam. As a bonus, they’re also vegan-friendly.
Smoking slippers are a little more formal than your average pair of moccasins. They’re sophisticated in style and comfortable in fit and feel. This type of shoe actually has a history of being worn for at-home entertaining.
Birdies breathes new life into the classic silhouette with the Heron Slipper, making it a little more modern and exciting for the contemporary shopper. The exterior is made of soft velvet, which feels as luxurious as it looks. The inner sole is made of quilted satin, which makes for a soft and supportive spot for your feet. “The quilted satin footbed was bouncy, making me feel like I was stepping into a pillow every time I slipped the shoes on,” Insider Reviews senior reporter Connie Chen has said of the pair.
What makes the Heron Slippers so comfortable? They have a seven-layer responsive cushion design, which includes shock absorption and dual-layer, high-density memory foam. Because there is a small heel, these slippers are suited for outdoor wear just as much as they are for wearing around the house.
On top of the chic design and wearable construction, Birdies Heron Slippers are completely vegan. Since many slippers are made out of shearling and fleece products, Birdies is a good brand to know about if you’re looking for something that’s animal-friendly. — Remi Rosmarin
Pros: Vegan, comfortable, stylish, can wear indoors and outdoors
Cons: You’ll need to be careful with the velvet when wearing outside
The best ergonomic slippers
If you suffer from bunions, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, you’ll appreciate the support, adjustability, and soft comfort of the Vionic Women’s Relax Slippers.
Vionic specializes in shoes for problem feet, and with the Relax Slippers, the company brings its sole-soothing design to your downtime. The easy slip-on, slip-off style means no struggling with sore toes, while the adjustable top straps let you fit the slippers perfectly, even if one foot is swollen and the other is not.
The Relax Slippers have Vionic’s biomechanical footbed to provide excellent support, while the EVA midsole absorbs shock and reduces stress on your feet and legs. Soft polyester terrycloth is easy on your feet and holds up well without irritating tender skin.
One downside is that these slippers are not full-coverage, so you may find your toes getting a bit cold in the winter, but thanks to their open design, you can easily pair these with socks for a bit of extra warmth and protection.
Pros: Ergonomic design is excellent for swollen or sore feet, adjustable strap, good support, and rubber outsole
Cons: May run a little large, not full coverage
What we’re looking forward to testing
To keep this guide fresh with the best recommendations, we’re always trying out new pairs. Here are some of the slippers we’re excited about now:
- L.L. Bean Glerups Wool Slippers, ($95): These slippers are easy to slip on and off thanks to the open heel. Reviewers say the felted wool upper is super soft and contours to the shape of your feet.
- Mahabis Classic, $109: A wool upper and foam footbed mean that Mahabis slippers contour to your foot for serious comfort. The sole is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) which is a durable, rubber-like material that makes these slippers sufficient for indoor and outdoor wear.
- Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide ($100): These fuzzy slides have been popping up all over social media, and look super cozy and colorful. We’re looking forward to seeing if they’re actually comfortable, and not just cool-looking.
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