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My mother would be properly aghast, but I tend to plod around my home barefoot. All through spring, summer and autumn, you can find me rebelling against my Asian household upbringing by gleefully kicking off shoes upon entering the house, and making no transition to house slippers.
Come winter though, even I can concede that cosy slippers are an absolute requirement.
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If you’re only now discovering the wonders of feet wrapped in cosy slippers, or are a long-time devotee looking for a suitable replacement, step this way (pun absolutely intended).
BEST SLIPPERS GUIDE
Whether you’re looking for a classic UGG boot or brightly-hued budget slide, you’ll find the slipper to suit your budget and need here.
WHAT IS A BOOTIE SLIPPER?
A bootie slipper provides supreme warmth, covering the entire foot from toes to ankle. Often fitted with elasticised openings for ease of wear, these are among the most popular styles of slippers.
It doesn’t really get more luxe than this, does it? Filled with all-natural grain and dried French Lavender – soothes my soul, I tell you – these fully microwavable bootie slippers pair their plush lining with heat for supreme warmth and comfort on cold nights. With over 25 years experience in hot and cold therapy products, and meeting all U.S. safety standards, these are the foremost microwavable slippers on the market.
Known for bridging the gap between trends and quality design, Hush Puppies has long been a mainstay in many people’s shoe collection. The Lazy Slipper Boot, with its lambswool upper, lining and footbed, is no exception, both form and function perfectly realised.
Five-star reviews populate comment sections the internet over, with one satisfied customer saying, “These slippers are so comfy and warm. They feel great on my feet and are made well”; while another states, “Just perfect for coolers nights and frosty mornings, these slippers have a cosy lining and a solid sole for durability.”
“Looking forward to spending many winters to come in their toasty embrace.”
I could hardly write this article without mention of the beloved UGG, could I? Known instantly by its genuine suede upper and sheepskin lining, this winter boot has withstood the years to become the most renowned of boot slippers worldwide. Thoughtfully designed with a cushioned footbed and Treadlite outsole – responsible for many a person popping down to the shops without changing footwear – it is pre-treated to withstand water and stains. Though available in every possible colour, you simply can’t go wrong with the ubiquitous tan.
Protect precious little toes from the cold with these go-to infant booties from Bonds. Designed with cosy fleece lining for ultimate comfort and warmth; an outwards-facing velcro strap, to offer security and avoid contact with delicate skin; and grippy soles to prevent slipping, these booties are ideal for keeping little feet warm with ease.
WHAT ARE SLIP-ON SLIPPERS?
Perhaps the silhouette most readily brought to mind when slippers are thought of, this footwear is known by fabric or protection over the vamp, and nothing over the footbed or heel at all.
Be still my beating heart, if these aren’t the most optimism-inducing pair of slippers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Homewares lovers will most likely know Australian label, Kip&Co, by their bright and playful linen, and aesthetic that has clearly carried over to their crossover slippers. Clad entirely from plush fabrication and a number of delightful colour combinations – I need this raspberry and violet number in my life – it’s a no-brainer at its wallet-friendly price point.
It’s hard to imagine a more elegant pair of slippers, isn’t it? Designed by iconic American fashion label, Ralph Lauren, these faux shearling lined slippers are clad in a classic ecru hue, no detail save for an embroidered Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Player to the quarter of the vamp. Featuring a rubber outsole for traction and a generous, soft collar for added comfort, this pair of slippers is style and function in one.
There is so much to love about these decadently soft slippers from Country Road. Proudly made in Melbourne, these slippers feature luxurious Australian shearling to both vamp and footbed, and are available in a dove grey, chic black and blush pink. Most wonderfully, this iconic local label has partnered with Leather Working Group, supportive of ethical and sustainable practices.
Cult Los Angeles label, Vince, marries its hometown’s laidback aesthetic with premium materials, producing quality styles that translate perfectly to the Australian lifestyle. The Glyn slides will no doubt make the transition between home and outer wear – mother, I’m sorry, it does happen – with an ergonomic shearling footbed, Italian suede upper and sturdy rubber outsole.
Everything is better with personalisation, no? These crossover slippers from Cotton On simply can’t be beat on price, especially taking into account they come with complimentary embroidery to vamp (thread in a colour of your choosing, no less). Available in three different sizes and three popular colours, their long faux fur fabrication will keep cold toes toasty.
Proving that they are the premier slipper brand to contend with, UGG has managed to dominate winter footwear with yet another trending style, this time with a sheepskin-covered slide. Boasting jacquard branding to an elasticised heel, the plush sheepskin and shearling upper can be bought in many hues – including classic black and charcoal – but we recommend you do as the style set, and pick it up in this marshmallow pink.
WHY SHOULD YOU WEAR SLIPPERS AT HOME?
There are several reasons why people choose to wear slippers at home. These include:
• Comfort: Hard tiles and hardwood floors underfoot provide no support to bare feet. Slippers can offer cushioning between the pads of soles and unforgiving flooring.
• Protection from cold and germs: It tuns out mother was right – bare feet on cold tiles can decrease blood circulation, leading to common health issues easily avoided by protecting your feet.
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