12 Frequently Asked Questions About Slippers

12 Frequently Asked Questions About Slippers

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:

What Slippers are the Best for Wood Floors?

Do your floors 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. The good news is that most slippers have nonslip soles—and come in styles to match your favorite flannel pajamas.

What Slippers are the Best for Carpeted Floors?

Protect your home from 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 in which to twirl around the house. For him, a pair of moccasin-style men’s slippers is always a good choice. There are sherpa-lined moccasins that he’ll never want to take off, so you don’t have to worry about bare feet dirtying your carpet.

What Size Slippers Should I Buy?

The short answer is that your slipper size should be the same as your normal shoe size. However, 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, refer to our sizing chart on landsend.com.

Will Leather Slippers Stretch?

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 that are too big. A snug fit is best—that way, you don’t have to worry about your slippers coming off when you’re walking around the house.

What Slippers Can I Wear Outside?

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. Look for a pair that’s equipped with a cork or rubber outsole for added grip on your quick jaunts outside. Wear your slippers with your favorite comfy sweats for an outfit that’s suitable for staying home or stepping out.

Can Slippers be Washed in a Washing Machine?

Yes and no. Cotton slippers can be washed in your machine with cold or warm water. Use a laundry bag to protect your slippers against 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. Suede and leather slippers should be gently spot-cleaned with a damp cloth.

Can Slippers Go in the Dryer?

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.

How Do You Care for Your Slippers?

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.

Which Slippers are the Best for Driving?

If you want slippers, you can drive in, the good news is that there are options. Look for any style you prefer with a grippy rubber outsole that’s textured on the bottom to prevent your feet from slipping.

Best Slippers for When it's Wet?

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 winter snow boots or duck boots to keep by the door instead.

When Should You Replace Your Slippers?

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, or more often if you tend to wear 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. 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 some winter socks, too) on Christmas morning.

Which Slippers are the Most Comfortable?

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, you should be able to narrow it down to the best slippers to fit your lifestyle.

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