We think those tired feet of yours deserve just as much attention as the rest of you. That’s why we offer a vast array of comfy, cozy and functional slippers to help you unwind when you need it most. Not sure what slippers are best for you? Check out our answers to the top 12 frequently asked questions about slippers to help you kick back, relax and slip into something a little more comfortable this winter.
Do your floors (and your wallet) a favor and wear rugged, rubberized outsole slippers when you’re pacing the halls at home. Not only will the rubber sole prevent slipping on those smooth wood floors but the interior foam cushioning will bring your tired arches much comfort as you shuffle around your charming abode.
Would it surprise you if we told you that walking around barefoot isn’t actually the best thing you could do for your carpet? Turns out any amount of sweat from the bottom of your feet could stick to the carpet and in turn attract soil and dirt to your once soft and spotless floors. Protect your home from added dirt and grime and wear a pair of cozy and fun slipper socks to prevent dirt from infiltrating your carpet. Or consider a simple, thinner soled, smooth rubber ballet slipper to twirl around the house, or maybe he prefers a nice pair of Moccasin men’s slippers. Either way, you’ll ensure your lush carpets stay that way.
The short answer is that your slipper size should be the same as your normal shoe size. But you should know by now we’re not just going to give you the short answer. If you tend to wear socks with your slippers then you’ll want a pair that has more of a loose fit. If you’d prefer your slipper to fit like a glove right out of the box then a slipper with a cozy and breathable lining is for you. If you’re getting a pair of girls’ slippers or boys’ slippers, you may want them to be a little roomy, since kids’ feet tend to grow quickly. And if you’re still not sure what slipper size is best for you, then refer to our sizing chart on landsend.com. We’ll also give you tips if we think your dainty toes would be more comfortable in a bigger size.
Yes, leather and suede slippers will stretch to conform to your foot as you wear them (and faster if you wear socks). Don’t make the rookie mistake of buying leather slippers too big. You want those to fit snugly when new because as you wear them around the house – and on your walk with the dog – that smooth suede lining you love will stretch to meet your foot’s perfect fit. Making them one of a kind for sure.
Whether you’re just going to the end of the driveway to grab the paper or hitting up the coffee shop around the corner, you don’t want your feet to get wet and cold the minute your slipper hits the pavement. You want a pair secured with a cork or rubber outsole for added grip on your quick jaunts outside. A tread isn't a bad idea either, since you never know when that slick black ice is going to rear its ugly head this winter.
Yes and no. Cotton slippers can be washed on cold or warm, never hot, water (to avoid shrinking), on a gentle cycle (to maintain shape) in a laundry bag protecting it from friction. A safer way to go, though, is probably hand washing them in soapy water, scrubbing them together to get the dirt off, and letting them soak for about 10 minutes before wringing out the excess water.
For suede and leather slippers, do not throw them in the washing machine (unless you firmly believe you don’t deserve nice things). Instead, spot wash the leather with a damp cloth. You can do the same with suede or use a gentle brush and mild detergent to get the spots out without submerging the slippers in water.
Cotton slippers that can be washed in the washing machine can go in the dryer at low heat but if you want to take extra precaution, air drying out of direct sunlight or other heat sources is probably best. Sure, this method takes a while but some things are just worth the wait.
Give your slippers a fighting chance and wash them every few months to cut down on the grime and odor that inevitably makes you kick your beloved slippers under the bed every time you have company. Aside from washing your slippers on the regular, cut down on that fragrant foot aroma by giving your feet time to “breathe” after you take your shoes off. Going straight from shoes to slippers transfers the germs and bad odors from your shoes directly to your slippers, leaving your innocent, fluffy house shoes tainted with the harsh realities of the outside world (gasp!).
Slippers hold up longest when worn with clean, freshly socked feet, but a little sprinkle of baking soda on the inner lining every now and then certainly helps to keep unwanted odors at bay.
We’re not saying you’re one of those people that often leaves the house in their slippers – not realizing it until you’re in the car. But if you were to find yourself behind the wheel with slippers on your feet, let’s hope they have a good rubber outsole providing extra grip.
We wouldn’t suggest wearing your slippers outside during a snowstorm, but if you have to brave the elements in your house shoes you want a pair that can keep your feet dry when it’s wet outside. Consider trying a pair of All-Weather shoes or duck boots to keep by the door instead.
All slippers stretch out over time, and the more you wear them the more worn that cozy lining and cushy EVA foam footbed gets. Treat yourself to new slippers at least once a year – more if you tend to “live in” your slippers, wearing them both inside and outside the house.
It’s a good idea to have heavier slippers with shearling or fleece for colder months and lighter slippers for warm months. Feel weird about buying yourself more than one pair of slippers a year? Put your favorite slippers on your Christmas list every year and then act surprised (and grateful) when you open a fresh pair of slippers (and maybe a cushy new monogrammed robe) Christmas morning.
This is the part where we tell you to look inside yourself and realize that only you, wise reader, can determine the most comfortable slipper of all. Really though, we think all of our slippers at landsend.com are cozy, but comfort, much like style, is a personal preference. With the help of these 12 questions – and up close and personal knowledge of your feet – you should be able to narrow it down to the best slippers to fit your lifestyle – which will definitely make your life more comfortable.