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Slippers Buying Tips and Brand Guide

If you're in search of the perfect pair of comfortable slippers but can't decide on style, size, or material, take a look at this guide for a little insight on some of your choices.

Who Will Wear Them?

Mens Slippers

Whether you're looking to keep your feet warm on a brisk morning or a cold night, or just want a comfortable shoe for lounging around the house, there is a style of mens slippers for you.

Soft suede leather mens slippers provide luxurious comfort. Durable sheepskin moccasins make sturdy mens driving slippers. Slip-on corduroy clogs are house shoes with a slightly dressy style. Sports fans will love the variety of sports slippers available and emblazoned with their favorite team's logo and colors. Talk about the perfect gameday shoe!

Womens Slippers

Indulge your feet with the contoured fit and velvety comfort of womens slippers. For relaxing foot support that lasts all day long, there are few things that boast more cozy features to help to keep your feet feeling comfortable no matter what you're doing.

When choosing a women's pair, think about what you plan to be doing while wearing them. Slide-on scuffs or mules are casual slippers that are perfect to put on when you get out of bed on cold mornings or after work when your tired feet need some tenderness and relaxation. Moccasins and similar styles of slip-ons offer a snug fit and a flexible sole that is durable enough to be worn outdoors. The lightweight design, comfy fit, and fashionable design of slip-ons make them ideal footwear when traveling. Perhaps the most popular and fashionable among women's footwear are sheepskin slippers. These have become the footwear of choice for stylish fashionistas everywhere due to their comfort, warmth, natural breathability, and, most importantly, their trendy look.

Kids Slippers

Adorable footwear for your children, kids slippers are available in a wide array of furry animal shapes and cartoon faces. For older kids, a selection of kids slippers that resemble the stylish designs of adult slippers is available. Kids slippers make great gifts and you can choose among cuddly animal slippers or more grown-up styles depending on your child's age.

Slipper Styles

Bootie Slippers

Boot-like slippers that are typically worn by babies or small children (booties can also refer to small adult boots or shoes used in water sports). Booties are typically slipped on, though they can feature laces or a side zipper. Booties usually have a sole made from different material than the upper, and this sole can be designed for traction or slip-free walking.

Flip Flop Slippers

Flip flops, also known as thongs, are flat, backless sandals composed of a shoe sole and a v-shaped strap that slips between the big toe and the rest of the toes. The name flip flop comes from the sound the sole makes as it slaps against the wearer's heels.

Moccasin Slippers

A Native American word given to the deerskin or soft leather shoes typically worn by aboriginal tribes. Moccasins were originally made from soft leather stitched together with sinew, and they often featured beadwork or painted designs. Modern moccasins may feature hard soles or laces.

Scuff Slippers

Scuffs are similar to slippers in that they have no fitting around the heel. They are thus known as open-back slippers, or scuffs, for the shuffling or scraping walk used when wearing them.

Novelty Slippers

Novelty slippers are made of a fuzzy, plush fabric and have a lot of personality. You can choose from animal slippers, like the ever popular bunny slippers, or slippers to support your favorite sports team. These ultra-soft slippers are machine washable and feature soft outsoles with cushioned insoles and comfortable lining. If you're looking for a fun, comfortable slipper for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, novelty slippers are the perfect choice. These fun, cuddly slippers are sure to warm your feet and put a smile on your face.

Outdoor Slippers

Refers to any slipper style designed for outdoor use, or both indoor and outdoor use. Outdoor slippers usually feature a hard sole and should be weather treated for protection.

Slipper Sizing

Slippers are easy. Just slip your feet in and you're instantly in relaxation mode, flopping around the house in total comfort. That ease extends to slipper sizing, too. Unlike regular shoes, slippers fall into five basic sizes, so ordering the right size should be a simple matter of translating your foot size.

Measure for Measure

Slippers come in categories of small, medium, large, Xtra large, and XXtra large. Which of those fits you best will depend not only on your shoe size, but on whether you're a man, woman, or child. You can check out the sizing chart for greater details.

Slipper Sizing Chart

This chart is intended for use as a general guideline. Due to wide variations of shoe
measurement systems among manufacturers, we do not guarantee these sizes to
fit every manufacturer's specifications.
System Sizes System
Europe 35 35.5 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46.5 48.5 Europe
Mexico 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 9 10 11 12.5 Mexico
Japan M 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 30.5 31.5 M Japan
W 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 30.5 31.5 W
U.K. M 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 10 11 12 13.5 M U.K.
W 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 9.5 10.5 11.5 13 W
Austrailia M 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 10 11 12 13.5 M Austrailia
W 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 10.5 11.5 12.5 14 W
U.S. & Canada M 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 10.5 11.5 12.5 14 M U.S. & Canada
W 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 12 13 14 15.5 W
Russia & Ukraine W 33.5 34 35 36 37 38 39 W Russia & Ukraine
Korea(mm.) 228 231 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 267 273 279 286 292 W Korea(mm.)
Inches 9 9.125 9.25 9.375 9.5 9.625 9.75 9.875 10 10.125 10.25 10.5 10.75 11 11.25 11.5 W Inches
Centimeters 22.8 23.1 23.5 23.8 24.1 24.8 24.8 25.1 25.4 25.7 26 26.7 27.3 27.9 28.6 29.2 W Centimeters

Some people like their slippers a little big for that extra-floppy feeling. If that's you, consider moving up a size, but only if your feet approach the margin of your particular size. You don't want to feel like you have kayaks on your feet.

If you want your house slippers be an exact fit, make sure you confirm the sizing of the particular style you choose. Sizes can vary from one style to another. You wouldn't want to get ones that are too big or too small. If you need help choosing the right size, print and use the size guides listed below.

Slipper Materials

Most people put their slippers on when they want to forget the material world for an hour or two. But slippers are made from material too, and choosing the right material is the key to being comfortable. Cotton, suede, leather, and sheepskin are the primary choices in slipper materials.


Cotton slippers are for the simple life. They are comfortable, inexpensive, easier to clean than other materials, and available in a wide range of styles, designs, and colors. If you're looking for bunny or cow slippers,or slippers that bear the logo of your favorite sports franchise, you're going to be shopping for cotton slippers.


Suede slippers provide comfort and casual sophistication whether you're wearing them around the house or on a Saturday morning jaunt to the grocery store. This type can be worn year round, but you should avoid wearing them outside during damp or rainy weather.

Because suede is manufactured from the less-prized interior split of a leather hide, suede won't be as expensive as full-grain leather, but they'll still require particular care when you're cleaning them. Pick up a suede cleaning kit when you buy your suede slippers and you should be fine.


When Oscar Wilde said that cultivated leisure is the aim of man, he must have been wearing leather slippers. Leather is a natural material for slippers, as both become more comfortable as they age. As your leather matures, they will soften and conform to your foot, providing the most natural fit possible.

To make sure your leather slippers last, remember to use proper cleaning techniques. Treating your leather regularly with a good leather conditioner is also recommended to prevent the leather from drying or cracking.


The unique combination of leather skin and wool fur is what gives sheepskin its appeal. Sheepskin and slippers are an ideal combination, providing warmth, comfort, strength, and beauty for your feet. Sheepskin slippers are frequently designed in a rural or outdoor boot style, and may feature a wool cuff that you can roll up or down for extra warmth as needed.

Slipper Cleaning & Care

Slippers feel most comfortable when they've been broken in, but there's a big difference between broken in and dirty. Knowing how to properly care for your slippers will help keep them both comfortable and clean, which means your favorites will be hugging your feet for years to come.

Slippers are generally made from four different materials: cotton, suede, leather, and sheepskin. Most cotton or sheepskin slippers can be gently hand washed if necessary. Suede and leather slippers will require more particular treatment. Here are a few tips on how to best treat each material:


Cotton slippers are normally hand or machine washable, so dealing with dirt and stains should be simple.

If you own animal slippers and want to keep them looking as fluffy and cuddly as you can, try treating them with an upholstery or stuffed animal cleaner. Another non-water wash you might consider is sprinkling your slippers with baking soda. Let it sit for fifteen minutes and then brush or vacuum it off.


If your suede slippers have been waterproofed, any spill should be treatable with a quick application of a damp towel. For more thorough treatment, purchase a suede cleaning kit. Such kits should contain a suede eraser and small stiff brush. Use the eraser on the stain and then apply the brush.

If your suede has not been waterproofed and they get wet, remove the moisture with a clean towel. Do not use a blow dryer or heater. Once dry, restore the nap with a suede brush. A nail file or suede brush is effective in removing mud or scuff marks, as is the gentle application of softly textured sandpaper.


Leather slippers should only be cleaned or treated with products made specifically for leather shoes. A leather shoe cleaner can be used for removing dirt. After they're cleaned, let your leather slippers sit for a few minutes and then shine them with a soft cotton cloth.

If you want your leather slippers to age well, treat them regularly with a quality leather shoe conditioner. Your leather will absorb a natural conditioner easier than a synthetic one, and this will help keep your slippers soft and properly moisturized.


Clean the outer portion of your sheepskin slippers with a soft, damp cloth. A suede eraser can be used to treat scuff marks or dirt. You should also consider applying a water repellent and/or stain guard to the outer surface of your sheepskin slippers. If your sheepskin need to be washed, do so by hand using lukewarm water and a non-enzyme liquid soap designed specifically for leather products. Let the slippers dry naturally after washing, though you can use a towel to soak up excess moisture.

Slipper Brands

Our extensive selection of slippers includes options for every age, personality, and style. A good place to figure out which pair is right for you is to take a look at our top slipper brands.

L.B. Evans

L.B. Evans offers a variety of high-quality mens slippers for a luxurious look and feel. And they know a thing or two about superior craftsmanship- they've been for over 200 years, since 1804.


Acorn is famous for creating the original Slipper Sock, one of their earliest products. They've rounded off their selection to include plenty of indoor and outdoor options, all with one goal: to keep feet warm and comfortable.

Old Friend

For warmth, comfort, and quality, you can't go wrong with selections from Old Friend Slippers. Familiar, comfortable, and quality-crafted, Old Friend has a variety of slippers for men, women, and children.


LAMO has been making slippers and other products from Australian sheepskin since 1955, and their reputation precedes them. For sheepskin slippers, there is no comparison.


For moccasins, Minnetonka may be the most trusted brand on the market. They've been at it since 1946, creating timeless, casual, and comfortable products including soft moccasins, driving moccasins, slippers, boots, and other leather products.

Muk Luks

Muk Luks slippers feature Nordic designs, often spiked with a little flair. From scuffs to booties to knee-high boot slippers and slipper socks, Muk Luks offers a range of attractive options from which to choose.

The list of the popular slipper brands you'll find doesn't end there. Reliable of Milwaukee and DreamWorks also are featured in our selection. Look to Comfy Feet to find plenty of options in the realms of animal and even college team footwear to keep your feet and your personality in the comfort zone.