9 best winter slippers for women
These slippers are so comfortable you’ll want to wear them out the house
Is there anything worse than cold toes? This winter, don’t risk chilblains or slip-sliding round the house in socks. Treat yourself, or someone special, to a new pair of slippers.
Up to 20 per cent of the population are thought to suffer from Raynaud’s disease, a condition where blood vessels in the fingers and toes narrow, and many more have poor circulation – with both cases resulting in feet getting abnormally chilly.
Whether your style is modern or traditional, you want comfort or practicality, there’s a style here to suit. We’ve rounded up the best slippers and house shoes on offer, and reviewed them for fit, support, durability, price and, above all, warmth.
The North Face Thermoball Tent Mule: £40, Taunton Leisure
These might look like the slipper equivalent of a Puffa jacket, but what they lack in style they more than make up for in performance. They’re designed as a camping slipper for use after skiing or hiking, but that all-weather protection translates just as well to home use.
Although described as a mule, the upper encloses the whole foot right up to the ankle and around the heel, where a finger hook makes them easy to pull on. The faux fur is a trim around the ankle only, and the slipper itself is lined with soft fleece. The padded upper is made from recycled bottles and features Thermoball, The North Face’s proprietary insulation that’s designed to mimic down and still trap in warmth when wet. Should the synthetic material mean odours develop, they’re machine washable.
A thick, foam sole feels plush and protective underfoot and has rubberised non-slip lugs. Definitely not just for tents or chalets, these are a great-value winter winner for us.
Sheepskin Ballerina Slippers: £76, Celtic & Co
Featuring a suede sole, velvet trims and a satin ribbon, these sheepskin slippers are prettier than most. Super-soft to slip into, they quickly mould to your feet and look great. Most importantly they feel incredibly cosy, on bare feet or with socks (not that you’d need them). They’re handcrafted in Newquay, Cornwall, from 100 per cent British sheepskin that’s a bi-product of the food industry. They have non-slip pads sewn into the ball and heel of each sole, where slippers often wear through.
As a bonus, they can be machine washed at 30 degrees (although using Celtic & Co’s own wool wash, which isn’t supplied). While pricey, the quality and finish is impressive and we can see these lasting through many a winter.
Mahabis Classic 2 Slipper: £69, Mahabis
The latest offering from the award-winning lifestyle brand, as well known for their prolific social media marketing campaigns as for their modern, Scandi take on the slipper. Mahabis launched four years ago, has sold a million pairs and says it has listened to customer feedback to produce this upgrade on its Classic model.
The Classic 2 has the same unisex design, sleek, moulded felt upper, and now a fixed ‘sneaker-like’ sole (previous incarnations have had a removable sole). It’s made of TPU with decent grip, so you could wear the slippers outside home if you wanted. The soft foam insole is thicker and the merino-wool lined upper a snug fit. There’s a pull-on neoprene heel grip to keep the slipper on your foot (although you can flatten this if you prefer to wear them like mules).
The overall effect is that these feel quite tight when you first slip into them. But they’re soft and flexible and it’s this close fit that makes them feel supportive and warm. You can choose from dark or light grey uppers and six different sole colours, and there are men’s and children’s sizes, too.
Tasman Slipper: £90, UGG
Think warm feet and this is the brand that comes to mind. Californian company UGG has been specialising in sheepskin boots, shoes and slippers for 40 years now.
If the ubiquitous boots aren’t for you, there’s a good range of slippers, mules, sliders and moccasins, including the Tasman from its Classic collection. It features a suede upper, embroidered trim and a thick rubber Treadlite sole that makes the slippers fine to wear out and about should you wish to. The back of the heel is only shallow but is enough to keep the slipper in place as you walk.
The biggest selling point is, of course, the sheepskin lining and wool insole, which are undeniably thick, cosy and cushioning. Combined with the thick sole, these were without doubt the warmest and most durable slipper on trial – but also the most expensive.
Handmade Sheepskin Slippers: £35, Onaie
These funky, folky moccasin-style slippers are handmade in the Polish highlands, using traditional craft techniques passed down through generations. The result is each pair is unique and really does have an artisan feel.
A moulded suede sole is lined with sheep’s wool, hand-stitched onto a leather upper and a fur collar keeping your ankles cosy and all the warmth trapped in. The forefoot features a brightly coloured folk embroidery and there are lots of colour options to choose from.
These are true to size, a close fit and beautifully warm. A good price for such comfort, we think they’d make a great present for fashion conscious friends and family.
Nauseni Slippers: £55, nauseni.org
This is a new company, launched in autumn 2018, selling eco-friendly slippers individually handmade in Nepal. Nauseni was set up after the Nepal earthquake to help communities rebuild. It trained local women in felting and works in partnership with wool suppliers in the local area. The British designed, contemporary style slippers are made from 100 per cent wool felt, with a Himalayan buffalo-hide sole. The idea is the wool keeps feet warm in the winter but is cool and breathable in summer.
They weren’t the warmest slipper on test and lack the luxurious feel of some of the sheepskin or furry options. But worn with a sock they’re very comfortable, easy to slide into and stable enough to pad around in.
Minimalist, modern and unisex, they come in a range of 12 bright colours, with children’s booties available, too.
Cozy Boots Cream Microwaveable Slippers: £14.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk
The tops of these furry slipper-boots are filled with lavender-scented beans that can be heated in the microwave – like those muscle-soothing bags for your shoulders. After heating they are lovely and warm for perhaps 20 minutes.
The instructions state that you shouldn’t reheat until fully cooled and this should be heeded as the beans get scaldingly hot (we tried, ouch). The downside is they’re only available in one size, to fit 3 to (a small) 7.
The sole is thin and flimsy so they’re more for ‘feet-up’ wear, lounging with a good book or even wearing to bed, than walking around. A gimmick? Perhaps. But a bargain-priced one that icicle-toed slipper fans will appreciate.
Cable Knit Booties: £28, Totes
Cute, cosy and good value, we liked the chunky Aran-knit styling and the boots were easy to get on and off. Although the faux-fur lining only reaches to the bottom of the ankles, a fleecy material is used inside that keeps them feeling soft and warm throughout.
The rubber sole makes them more durable and, while not suitable for popping outside, does grip well and offers adequate support and protection underfoot.
These are available as small (size 3-4), medium (size 5-6) and large (size 7-8). However, we found they came up small and would recommend going up a size (which rules out anyone size 8 and up).
Maven Mia: £29, Clarks
For those who prefer a lighter weight slipper, Clarks’ Maven style is ideal. It’s a simple design with a stitched suede upper reminiscent of some of the classic Clarks Original shoe ranges.
A leather tab on the heels makes them easy to pull on and a patterned sole, while not rubber, didn’t slip on hard floors. The foam insole, fleece lining and fairly high cut make these comfortable without being overly warm.
A good year-round or travel slipper, with ample room for a thick sock when it’s chillier. And with identical styles available in the men’s and children’s range, you can kit the whole family out this Christmas for a good price.
The Verdict: Best slippers for women
For price, practicality and warmth, we were pleasantly surprised by The North Face slippers so they’re our choice to keep your feet cosy and save on heating bills this winter – and the best option for vegans, too.
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