The words “house slippers” may conjure images of a robed Hugh Hefner flanked by blondes, but the truth is, slipping into a pair is just good sense. Not only do they feel great, but unlike your street shoes, they won’t track dirt and germs everywhere. And a cushioned, supportive footbed is better than going barefoot, which can strain your legs, especially if you’re plagued with plantar fasciitis or other painful foot conditions. Get into the habit of changing your footwear the second you get home, Mr. Rogers–style.
This open-toe style is tougher than it looks. It features an anti-slide memory-foam insole, ¾-inch-thick waterproof sneaker-style bottom and a multi-layered, cushioned footbed. HALLUCI
Though you may be tempted to buy the floppiest-looking pair of slippers you can find, support is important, same as with your regular shoes. Soft materials are fine, but make sure that super-plush pair has a hardy structure!
A lightweight bottom and knit upper make this clog style light as air. High-density inner material molds to your feet, getting comfier with every wear. ULTRAIDEAS
Even if you don’t plan to go outside in your slippers, it’s a good idea to launder them from time to time. Check the instructions first, but many slippers can be thrown in the machine or hand-washed, then air-dried, to keep them fresh as a daisy.
This synthetic (i.e. cruelty-free) style has a supportive inside and textured bottom grips for stability. Jessica Simpson
Make sure to read sizing info carefully before purchasing. Your slipper size should be the same as your shoe size, but many slippers use letters—S, M, L, etc.—and conversions vary from brand to brand. If you have particularly cold tootsies and plan to wear a pair (or two) of socks, you may want to size up. Just don’t go too big or you’ll trip!