We updated this guide in September 2021 to check for out of stock links and add new options to the list, including slippers from Isotoner, Naked Cashmere, Snoozies and Bombas. We also added highlights about why we love each slipper, and anything you should take note of before you buy.
There's no better feeling than sliding your tired, achy feet into a pair of warm and cozy slippers. Whether you're putting them on when you first wake up in the morning, slipping into them at the end of a long day or wearing them while you work from home, finding the perfect pair of slippers is essential so you don't have to wear your dirty outdoor shoes inside your house.
Buying a pair of comfortable slippers is even more important now if you're spending more time at home. Going barefoot – especially on hardwood floors – can wreak havoc on your feet and joints because there's no shock absorption. The good news is that if you're feeling pain in your knees or feet, wearing slippers at home can help.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab researched dozens of slippers for women and reviewed them for features like style, materials, ease of cleaning, user feedback and more. The picks ahead offer something for everyone, from warm and cozy wool slippers to trendy house shoes that look surprisingly stylish. Here are the best women's slippers to buy in 2021:
L.L.Bean says it has sold over four million pairs of these slippers in the past five years. Many reviewers say they're actually on their second pair because they've practically lived in these over the years. They're made with top-notch construction, including a cozy shearling liner, suede outer fabric and durable rubber sole. For the warmest possible pair, try the Wicked Slippers version that looks more like a bootie.
- High quality materials
- Soft and cozy interior
- Easy slip-on fit
Slippers can get expensive, but this pair from Amazon is a steal for under $25. The slides use synthetic materials (like faux wool fleece), which helps keep costs down. They also have memory foam in the footbed so they'll comfortably mold to your foot's shape. Just note that a few users say they runs a bit small, so it's best to size up if you're in-between sizes.
- Rave reviews on Amazon
- Memory foam footbed
- Sizing may run small
These slippers are also really popular and have synthetic materials that make them affordable and safe for washing. They have a soft and cozy fleece fabric, a rubber sole for traction and a memory foam footbed that users say feels like walking on clouds. They also have a closed back to keep your foot secure, unlike slide slip-ons. Some reviewers say these run small, so we recommend sizing up.
- Cloud-like footbed
- Full-coverage design
- Sizing may run small
UGG is best known for its insanely comfortable boots, and these slippers use the same cozy materials: sheep shearling lining, a wool insole, suede outer fabric and a durable yet lightweight outsole. They're convenient to slip on hands-free, and while the slippers are technically for indoor use, the brand says they're durable enough to wear as outdoor shoes if you prefer.
- Comfortable quality materials
- Durable sole
- Easy to slip on
These slippers have built-in arch support to help prevent pronation, so they're ideal if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, have flat feet or are struggling with pain from walking on hardwood floors. Thousands of reviewers swear by them and even say they've helped relieve foot pain. The poly terrycloth fabric feels soft and has a velcro-like closure so you can get your best fit, plus there's a foam footbed for cushioning.
- Built-in arch support
- Good cushioning
- Adjustable fit
- Fuzzy fabric shows signs of wear quicker
If you don't like the look of regular slippers, this trendy brand makes house shoes that purposely look like real shoes. They may look like a suede loafer, but the inside has foam cushioning. They also have support for your arch and heel and a smooth quilted lining fabric. And since there's no fur, they're perfect for anyone that gets sweaty feet from fuzzy slippers. They're pricey, but even Meaghan Markle is a fan.
- Foam cushioning
- Versatile to wear as shoes
Whether you're dealing with warm temperatures or are prone to sweaty feet, these flip flops give you the comfort of a slipper while letting your feet breathe. The lining feels soft and cozy, and there's a foam footbed so they're more supportive on hardwood floors than a regular pair of flip flops. Plus, they come in 2o different colors.
- Ideal for those that prefer sandals
- Soft materials
- Foam footbed
- Thong-style may not be as comfortable for some
For a sleeker pair that's less chunky, this basic ballet flat uses a nylon satin fabric with a suede sole that keeps it stylish, inexpensive and built to last. The fabric is also stretchy so it can conform to your feet, and it comes in 15 different colors and prints so there's something for every preference.
- Stylish design
- Stretchy fit
- Less padding than other slippers
These technically aren't slippers, but they look and feel just as cozy as house shoes – i.e. you can get away with wearing them for everyday use. In fact, when we reviewed Allbirds, testers on our panel gave this pair perfect scores for comfort. They also loved that they're machine washable. The shoes are made with merino wool, which feels softer than regular wool and has temperature-regulating capabalities to prevent overheating.
- High comfort ratings from users
- Ideal for everyday use
- Temperature-regulating merino wool
- Not designed as house slippers
Cashmere is super soft and lightweight, making it a luxurious alternative to regular wool slippers. This comfy pair uses 100% cashmere fabric with a padded footbed and suede outsole, making it equally luxurious and functional. As an alternative, the brand also has cashmere ballet slippers that fit more like a sock and have a silk footbed.
- Luxurious 100% cashmere
- Suede outsole prevents skids
- Padding for comfort
- Less foot support
If you need slippers with you on the go, these are lightweight and small enough so they won't take up too much space in your luggage. They fit like a sock and though they don't have rubber soles, they have grips on the bottom to prevent slipping. Not to mention, they're machine washable so you can keep them clean.
- Easy to pack
- Grips on the bottom
- No rubber soles
Another affordable option from Snoozies, these fun slippers come in dozens of whitty prints, ranging from animal designs to catchy phrases. They're easy to gift and can match a wide range of personalities. On top of that, they have a super cozy lining and a non-skid sole.
- Wide range of cute designs
- Cozy lining
- Less padding for longer wear
Perfect for any self-care enthusiasts looking to create a spa-like experience at home, these slippers are made with Turkish cotton just like a luxurious bath towel. The waffle weave helps them dry quickly so they won't stay soaked, plus they have a non-skid sole to prevent slips.
- Absorbent cotton
- Soft feel
- Machine washable
- Intended for bathroom use
These stylish slipper mocs looks great on their own – especially with the tailored details and less bulky fit, but for $8 you can add a monogram for yourself or as personalized gift. The lining is super plush faux fur and there's a foam footbed for extra comfort. Plus, these have a rubber sole to prevent skids and come in variations for both men and kids.
- Monogram available
- Excellent construction
- Cozy faux fur lining
- Sizing may run small
This sock and slipper hybrid is perfect for anyone that prefers to wear socks over slippers, but needs the skid-resistance to prevent slips. Though it doesn't have the support of a padded footbed or rubber outsole, it's super cozy thanks its fuzzy lining that feels like a blanket for your feet. Plus, the brand donates a pair of socks for every pair purchased.
- Cozy lining
- Give-back model
- Comes with a travel case
- No padding
For a higher and thicker sock to use at home, this chunky pair is fleece-lined to feel extra cozy and has grips on the bottom to add traction on your floors. The fabric is made of a synthetic blend of polyester, nylon and spandex and are more affordable than other slippers. It also come in lots of colors and is perfect for gifting.
- Grips to prevent slipping
- Available in many colors
- One size