The Best Slippers and House Shoes, According to Podiatrist Guidelines

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Best House Shoes and Slippers

Shape / David Hattan

If you're working out or standing all day at work, your feet can certainly take a beating — which makes it more important than ever to invest in a comfortable pair of slippers that will support you and help your body to recover. And if you're working from home, you might be looking for the perfect house shoe to help to absorb shock from walking on hard, flat floors that won't leave your feet sweating like crazy during summer or cold during winter.

Your feet deserve better. We did the research for you and found the best slippers for women so your dogs aren't barking at the end of a long day.

The Winners:

Best Overall: Birkenstock Boston Shearling Clogs

Birkenstock Boston Shearling Clogs


Why We Like Them: They're podiatrist-approved.

It's Worth Noting: This model runs small, so consider going up a size.

When on the hunt for the best slipper with arch support, don't overlook podiatrist-approved Birkenstocks. These clogs feature the brand's signature cork latex footbed, a soft suede upper, and a shearling footbed and lined strap to keep your feet toasty. Just like other Birkenstock classics, the great thing about these house shoes is that they help you stay comfortable for hours on end thanks to a deep heel cup, arch support, and toe grip (raised indentations at the front of the footbed near the toes) so toes can spread out in their natural position. Plus, they're super durable — you can expect one pair of Birks to last several years.

Price at time of publish: $170

Sizes: 5-13 | Width: Narrow, Medium | Colors: 7

Best Budget: Crocs Classic Clog

Crocs Classic Clog


Why We Like It: This house shoe offers ventilation on its upper.

It’s Worth Noting: Size up if you plan to wear the heel strap down.

Made with the brand's signature Croslite foam, these clogs are incredibly lightweight and cushy, and the perforations help ventilate so your feet don't get too sweaty in the summer. They can be worn indoors and outdoors (think: gardening, at the beach, running errands, etc), and the sturdy outsole guarantees you won't slip even when it's wet outside. Choose from 20 bold shades that are bound to liven up your stay-at-home sweatpant situation, or go with the toasty lined version if you're more of a cold-natured person. Pro tip: They're also great as shower shoes.

Price at time of publish: From $34

Sizes: 6-15 (unisex) | Width: Medium | Colors: 21

Best Podiatrist Recommendation: Cushionaire Feather Recovery Cloud Slides With +Comfort

Cushionaire Feather Recovery Cloud Slides


Why We Like It: It’s podiatrist-approved for healthy feet.

It’s Worth Noting: This slipper tends to run small, but with free returns, it's easy to exchange them for the correct size.

A best-seller in the women's slide sandals category on Amazon, New York City-based podiatrist Hillary Brenner, D.P.M says she is "obsessed" with this comfortable cloud-like pick. It gets Dr. Brenner's seal of approval as one of the best slippers for women because it checks so many of her boxes: it has a 1.75-inch platform base, deep heel cup, molded cushion footbed, firm midsole, and rubber, non-slip outsole for added grip and stability. It comes in 11 colorways, and the sandal style can take you from the comfort of home to running errands, grabbing coffee, or for a walk on the beach. Plus, the bottom is really quiet so neighbors won't hear you walking around if you live in an apartment building.

Price at time of publish: $25

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 21

Best for Plantar Fasciitis: Vionic Relax

Vionic Relax Slippers


Why We Like Them: They’re Oprah-approved.

It’s Worth Noting: Reviewers mentioned they can be difficult to clean since you can't submerge them in water.

If you're familiar with Vionic, you've probably caught wind that the brand is one of Oprah's favorites for comfy footwear — which makes sense, as its shoes are designed with the help of podiatrists. This sandal-slipper has a built-in orthotic footbed, adjustable straps, and an EVA midsole that all work together to minimize stress on your feet, ankles, and knees while reducing foot fatigue from walking on hard, flat floors — making it a perfect house shoe or slipper for people on their feet a lot. Bonus: They'll never get stinky since the terry cloth footbed is anti-bacterial and odor-resistant. Anyone with foot and joint issues will especially love them because they help relieve pain from plantar fasciitis and knee problems.

Price at time of publish: $70

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 6

Best Memory Foam: Ultraideas Memory Foam Slippers

Memory Foam Slippers


Why We Like It: The plush memory foam helps your feet relax.

It’s Worth Noting: According to the brand, these may feel snug at first, but they will stretch to a customized fit after wearing them for a bit.

Constructed with a warm fleece lining and a high-density memory foam insole, this house shoe molds to your feet and keeps you comfy and supported — even if the only walking you're doing is from the bed to your couch. However, the rubber outsole is perfect for slippery floors and allows you to use them moderately outdoors if you need to pick up the mail or water your outdoor plants. As an added bonus, you can machine wash these for easy care, making them one of our choices for the best slippers for women. Plus, the house shoes have a thick, rubber sole, which prevents them from slipping on slick tile or hardwood floors.

Price at time of publish: $22

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 11

Best Uggs: Ugg Tasman Slippers

Ugg Tasman Slippers


Why We Like It: They’re perfect for cooler weather.

It’s Worth Noting: They have a pretty snug fit, but they'll loosen up a bit as you wear them. But, if you plan to wear them with socks or have wide feet, size up.

Uggs have long been known as makers of the best slippers for women, and these shoes prove why. The Ugg slippers are made of soft suede, lined with decadent sheepskin and upcycled wool, and have a lightweight platform (so won't feel clunky) and an embroidered braid across the top to add extra style. What's more, they feature the brand's trademarked cushioning and traction for a lightweight yet durable sole. Bonus: The Tasman slippers have the same outsole as the brand's Classic Boot, so you can wear them indoors and outside. 

Price at time of publish: $110

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 18

Best Shearling: Olukai Kipea Heu Genuine Shearling Slide Sandal

Olukai Kipea Heu Genuine Shearling Slide Sandal


Why We Like It: Its soft, fluffy texture is perfection.

It’s Worth Noting: The sandal style leaves your feet open to the elements, so might not be ideal for snowy winters, but owners in warm climates will love them for added airflow.

Who would have thought you could score a super cozy slipper from a shoe brand that hails from Hawaii? This Olukai sandal has soft shearling-wrapped straps for a comfy fit, a supportive platform, a footbed with foam underlay and shearling cover for cushioning, and a non-marking, grippy rubber outsole for added traction on wet or slick surfaces. Not to mention, the outsole features a tropical design of island flora for a mood boost during winter. 

Price at time of publish: $120

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 5

Best Fleece: Nike Burrow Slipper

Nike Burrow Slipper


Why We Like It: The small zipper pocket on the top can hold the essentials.

It’s Worth Noting: They are not machine washable, which could make cleaning them a bit of a hassle.

If you're in the market for something sporty yet comfortable, check out these slippers from Nike. They are lined with cozy fleece, have a soft foam midsole that feels like stepping into a marshmallow and feature an anti-slip outsole with a traction pattern for outside wear. Plus, the zipper pocket on the top lets you stash small items such as keys or cash if you're heading out to walk the dog or make a grocery store run and don't want to carry a purse. 

Price at time of publish: $60

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 4

Best Wool: Merrell Juno Wool Clog

Merrell Juno Wool Clog


Why We Like It: The wool material is warm, yet breathable.

It’s Worth Noting: We recommend sizing up.

This slip-on features a cozy wool upper and fleece lining and also has the brand's signature active footbed that supports your feet and provides all-day comfort. The clog is way more fashion-forward than other slippers out there, which means you can also sport it outside on walks with your dog or just hanging on your deck or patio. Pick from earthy tones including olive, black, and moonrock (a tan color) or go with the blanket design for a more colorful look. 

Price at time of publish: From $77

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 6

Best Mule: Minnetonka Chesney Mule Slipper

Minnetonka Chesney Mule Slipper


Why We Like It: They look like Ugg slippers at a fraction of the price.

It’s Worth Noting: The inside label may be bothersome.

These fuzzy mule slippers have a suede exterior with stylish stitching on the top, fur collar, thick, flexible soles, and a rubber outsole with grippy traction to support you on wet or slippery surfaces. Plus, they are easy to slip on and off (although they're secure enough to stay in place when you want them on) and can take you from bumming around the house to grabbing coffee with friends. 

Price at time of publish: From $47

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium and Wide | Colors: 15

Best Moccasin: L.L. Bean Women's Wicked Good Moccasins

L.L. Bean Women's Wicked Good Moccasins

L.L. Bean

Why We Like It: The shearling heel lining keeps ankles warm.

It’s Worth Noting: The brand advises you to order up if you happen to be a half size.

Believe it or not, this moccasin slipper from heritage brand L.L. Bean is so popular, one pair sells every seven seconds during peak winter in December. Even better? More than four million pairs have been sold in the last five years, so you know there are some satisfied customers. Made with soft sheepskin, the moccasins feature a warm shearling lining that wicks moisture away from feet to keep feet comfy and dry, plush EVA memory foam insole, and a durable outsole for cushion on hard or slippery floors. The shearling extends above the shoe slightly to give your ankles a little extra warmth.

Price at time of publish: From $80

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium and Wide | Colors: 8

Best Open-Toe: Sollbeam Fuzzy House Slippers

Sollbeam Fuzzy House Slippers


Why We Like It: The design of this house slipper supports the foot health of people with bunions, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis.

It’s Worth Noting: The footbed can be slippery given the fuzzy texture.

This platform sandal-slipper delivers style and comfort, thanks to arch support, a deep heel cup (which helps cradle your foot if walking long distances or standing all day), and a furry material that's soft against your skin. And because they're indoor- and outdoor-friendly, these slippers are machine-washable, making cleaning them a breeze. Just because they're cheap doesn't mean they're not healthy for your feet: They're ideal for people with foot issues (such as arthritis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis), and they even seem to be an excellent, affordable dupe for Vionic's Relax slippers (mentioned earlier in this list).

Price at time of publish: $40

Sizes: 6-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 10

Best Closed-Back: Dearfoams Rebecca Microfiber Velour Slipper

Dearfoams Rebecca Microfiber Velour Slipper


Why We Like It: These house slippers are budget-friendly.

It’s Worth Noting: The slipper runs small, so size up.

This luxurious velour loafer has a multi-density cushioned insole with memory foam for comfort, an enclosed back for security, and grippy treads to prevent slippage. The embroidered detailing on the top is a pretty addition even if you're just wearing them indoors, while the rubber sole allows you to venture outside in them, too. Since the house slipper is not open in the back, you can be confident these house shoes will stay on while you're puttering around the house.

Price at time of publish: $22

Sizes: 5-14 | Width: Medium and Wide | Colors: 14

Best Convertible-Heel: Toms Ezra Slipper

Toms Ezra Slipper


Why We Like It: These shoes are made of recycled materials.

It’s Worth Noting: While the brand states that Toms run true to size, if you fall between sizes, go with the smaller one since Toms will stretch out slightly as you break them in.

Designed with a recycled polyester blend upper made from post-consumer plastic bottles, this cute slip-on slipper also has a built-in EVA insole and rubber outsole with grippy tread to keep you from slipping on hardwood floors, tile, and stairs. But what makes these slippers for women so different from other pairs is the convertible heel, signature to Toms. You can slip into them easily like a pair of mules (and wear the heel down if you have heel irritation or Haglund's deformity, as Dr. Brenner mentioned) or wear the heel up for added warmth and a more secure fit. Choose from various versions with waffle or faux shearling exteriors based on your personal style preference.

Price at time of publish: From $20

Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Colors: 4

Best Slipper Socks: Bombas Jacquard Knit Grip Slipper

Bombas Jacquard Knit Grip Slipper

Dick's Sporting Goods

Why We Like It: This sock-slipper hybrid has a subtle but strong grip on the sole.

It’s Worth Noting: The bottom grips wear out sooner than expected.

If you're a fan of wearing cozy house socks around the home, but hate the slip factor, then you'll adore this sock-slipper hybrid. Made of a breathable blend of cotton and wool, these slipper socks have a brushed lining on the inside for warmth and special grippy dots on the bottom (much like this pair of editor-loved toe socks for at-home workouts and barre class) to keep you from sliding on hard surfaces. You'll love the bold jacquard pattern, and unlike other options that made this list, this pair is machine washable and folds flat for easy packing, making it ideal for travel and one of the best slippers for women on the market. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Sizes: XS-L | Width: Medium | Colors: 8

Best Slipper Boots: Sorel Nakiska Bootie Slipper

Sorel Nakiska Bootie Slipper


Why We Like It: They’re perfect for early morning or late night dog walks in cold weather.

It’s Worth Noting: They only come in two colors, black and camel brown.

While it might closely resemble the winter footwear in your closet, Sorel's bootie acts as both a boot and a slipper, which makes it worth the price tag. You'll stay toasty, comfortable, and supported all day thanks to the leather exterior, plush faux fur lining, incredibly soft footbed, and anti-slip rubber platform outsole, which makes this slipper boot great for transitioning from the couch to the neighborhood sidewalk.

Price at time of publish: From $63

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 2

Best Insulated: The North Face Women's Thermoball Traction Mule V

The North Face Women's Thermoball Traction Mule V

The North Face

Why We Like It: It features a synthetic down material for ultimate warmth.

It’s Worth Noting: The elastic around the heel is a little tight for those with high arches.

Combining The North Face's Thermoball Eco insulation (a synthetic alternative to down) with a durable rubber sole with reliable traction, this sleeping-bag-looking slipper is ideal for everything from après ski to your morning coffee run — even when temperatures plummet to freezing. It features a fleece collar lining that won't irritate skin, collapsible heel with elastic to keep it securely in place, and a water-repellent ripstop upper to protect your feet from the elements. 

Price at time of publish: From $41

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 27

Best for Outdoors: Teva ReEmber Moc

Teva ReEmber Moc


Why We Like It: Their materials are designed to stand up to tougher outdoor conditions.

It’s Worth Noting: The collar of the slipper is loose fitting, which causes the foot to slip a bit.

Wear these incredibly comfortable slippers around the house, campsite, or while bopping around town during your next ski trip. They have a cushioned footbed and lightweight midsole for comfort, plus a lugged, rubber outsole that provides traction even on snowy or icy terrain. A ripstop upper keeps you protected while adventuring, and a special coating repels water for misty mornings walking the dog or when you get caught in an unexpected light rain. And the slippers have an antimicrobial treatment to help reduce foot odor, so you don't have to worry about side-eye from fellow campers around the fire after a long day hiking.

Price at time of publish: From $59

Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Colors: 6

Best Recovery Slippers: Oofos Unisex OOriginal

Oofos Unisex OOriginal


Why We Like It: The impact-absorbing design will help your feet bounce back after long runs.

It’s Worth Noting: The strap is fragile.

This house slipper is designed specifically for workout recovery, making it ideal to slip on after a long run or an at-home workout. It has a special foam technology that absorbs 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear foam and an insanely comfortable footbed that supports your arches while reducing stress on your joints (so it's also a great pick for those on their feet all day long).

Price at time of publish: From $60

Sizes: 5-16 | Width: Medium | Colors: 9

Best Editor Recommendation: Glerups Slipper

Glerups Slipper


Why We Like It: They’re made of 100 percent natural wool.

It’s Worth Noting: Because this slipper is made with genuine wool, it will shed within the first 3-4 weeks of wear, so simply remove the fibers and discard.

A Denmark brand that began by crafting only two pairs of shoes a day from the wool of their Gotland sheep, Glerups are not only one of a kind, but also embody hygge (the Danish word for getting super comfy at home) at its finest. They have a simple design made of 100 percent natural wool — which absorbs excess moisture and helps to regulate temperature — and soft calfskin.

Shape contributor Susan Brickell has been wearing this pick for more than five years, owns three different pairs, and loves how the odor-eliminating wool staves off stink and regulates the temperature of her feet — whether it's a chilly winter day in New York or she just wants extra comfort and support while working from home. (She even wears them during hot summers in Florida.) Since these have a calfskin outsole, they are made for indoor wear. However, the brand offers a version with a rubber sole, as well as a boot silhouette with the rubber bottoms, that she wears to the gym, supermarket, during flights, and when walking her dog.

Price at time of publish: From $70

Sizes: 5-19 | Width: Medium | Colors: 8

How We Chose

We started our research by talking to a podiatrist about what qualities are essential in the best slippers for women, learning about arch support, soft materials, slipper construction, sizing, and more. Then, we analyzed a wide range of house shoes and slippers at a variety of price points to ultimately narrow down our list to these picks. We also included recommendations from a podiatrist and from our health-obsessed editors.

What to Know About House Shoes and Slippers

If your current at-home shoe choice is no shoes at all, you might want to rethink your barefoot preference. "You want to always wear slippers in the house," says Dr. Brenner. When you wear a supportive pair of slippers, they can help with shock absorption on hard surfaces, including wood floors, tile, and marble, to reduce strain on your joints, she explains. What's more, house shoes protect your feet from potential foreign objects such as splinters and glass. "It is especially important for people with diabetes [specifically diabetic patients with neuropathy] to wear slippers as they can step on a foreign object and not even know."

And just like with your dress shoes and sneakers, there are side effects of wearing ill-fitting slippers. When shopping for the best slippers for women, you want to look for qualities such as a platform base, deep heel cup for stability, good arch support to reduce foot pain that comes with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, and a firm yet flexible midsole to help with balance, advises Dr. Brenner. "If you wear flimsy slippers that don't fit properly, the opposite can happen — for example, instability, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and irritation of bunion and hammertoes," she warns.


What material should house shoes and slippers be made of?

There are so many textures and materials to choose from: cozy fleece and shearling, soft memory foam, odor-resistant wool, and more. With that in mind, Dr. Brenner suggests soft, breathable constructions such as cotton and linen. In addition, be on the lookout for foam soles or thermoplastic rubber outsoles, she adds. Rubber outsoles are durable, shock-absorbing, and waterproof or water-resistant for better traction on hard surfaces. Plus, you can wear the slippers outdoors in a pinch if you need to grab the mail, walk your dog, or run a quick errand.

Which slipper styles are best for foot health?

With so many slipper styles on the market, it can be tough to choose. If you can't decide between a slipper with a back versus one that is backless, Dr. Brenner says it's just about personal preference. Although for people with Haglund's deformity (a bump at the back of the heel), Dr. Brenner recommends wearing an open-back slipper to decrease the risk of rubbing and irritation. When stuck between an enclosed slipper or a sandal version, choose open-toe for more breathability if you live in a warmer climate or tend to overheat.

Why Trust Shape

Susan Brickell is the associate editorial director of commerce for travel, overseeing news and deals coverage on Travel + Leisure and leading the content direction of a team of commerce writers. Prior to this, she held the position of senior editor at Shape and Health, heading commerce coverage for both brands for nearly two years. With more than 10 years of experience in the editorial world as a market editor and writer, her work spans a variety of topics including beauty, lifestyle, home, health, and travel. She holds an M.F.A. degree in nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. degree in creative writing from Florida State University. When she's not putting a pair of comfy shoes, workout leggings, or new eye cream to the test, you can find her hiking U.S. national parks, planning her next surf trip, or spending time with her dog, Ollie.

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