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What’s the worst part of your morning routine? It’s gotta be leaving the warm embrace of bed and stepping onto a floor that feels like an ice floe. That’s why every man should have one of the best house slippers. Will they make you more excited to get out of bed? No, probably not. But they will make the transition from bed to not bed a bit more bearable. And when you’re padding around the apartment after work or on the weekend, the best men’s slippers will provide unparalleled comfort.
What to Look For in the Best Men’s Slippers
When shopping for slides and slippers, the most important factor is fit. Don’t wear a slipper where your toes or heels hang over the end. Not only is it uncomfortable, but you could also injure your foot. Slippers for men are sized like regular casual men’s shoes. Since most of us are shopping online, read the slipper’s description before you click that “buy now” button. If there’s no mention of fit — do they run true to size, run small or large? — read the reviews. At least one or two men’s slipper reviews will mention how they fit. If there’s no size guide, you can always shoot an email to customer service.
The second most important item to check is the outer sole. If you’re looking for a house shoe (yes, people do call slippers house shoes), that can be worn to walk the dog or to stroll around the block, see if those slippers that you’ve been eyeing have an outsole that is made for the street. If not, you may want to get a pair for stepping outside to walk the dog and another pair of slippers that will never go beyond your front door.
How To Choose Between Different Styles
When a sneakerhead hears scuffs, they probably imagine black stains and smudges from the street. But when it comes to slippers, scuffs refer to a certain style. Scuffs are slippers with no heels. These are great because they’re not too warm, and they’re easy to kick off when it’s time to get in bed or go outside. Other styles of shoes include wool slippers, which are made from felted, typically merino wool. Wool slippers are naturally moisture-wicking and odor-resistant, although they can be more expensive than other styles. Shearling or sherpa-lined slippers are another great option. They’re soft and very warm, although they might be too warm for some climates.
We’ve rounded up some of the best options in a variety of categories. There’ll be plenty of crossover in these categories; some of our open-back slippers are also shearling, for example. But these categories will hopefully help you narrow down the kind of house shoes you want.
Best Wool Slippers
Felted wool slippers are a great choice because of the natural properties of wool. It’s a naturally moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating material, meaning your feet won’t overheat. Plus, it resists odor for longer. Worried about itching? Many of the best options are made from merino wool, which is a softer alternative to scratchy wool.
1. Glerups Wool Slippers
BEST OPEN-HEEL WOOL SLIPPERS
The history of Glerups dates back to the 1970s, and the brand has delivered consistent quality with an eye toward sustainability for decades. These slippers are made from felted wool and have leather outsoles. Since they’re wool, they’re naturally breathable and odor-resistant. They’re not cheap, but they’re designed to last a long time.
2. Greys Outdoor Slipper Boot
BEST FOR CAMPING
The Greys Outdoor Slipper Boot will keep your feet comfy and cozy while a rubberized sole will give you needed traction on any surface, indoor or outdoor. The rubber extends to the toe box so you won’t easily stub your toe and the boot features a pull tab for easy slipping on and off. Plus, Greys’ slippers just look modern and cool, and that never hurts. For whatever you need to do, the Greys slippers are definitely some of the best slippers for men.
3. Glerups Wool Slipper
Glerups makes open-back slippers as well as these ankle-cut slippers that provide more coverage and warmth. They come in three colors and are available in a wide range of unisex sizes. The slippers are made from felted wool with a leather outsole.
4. AllBirds Wool Loungers
AllBirds wool slippers could be worn outside, but they’re ideal for wearing around the house. AllBirds focuses on using sustainable and natural materials. The midsoles of these shoes are made from sugarcane and the insoles are castor-bean oil. The uppers are merino wool.
Best Shearling and Sherpa Slippers
These slippers are lined with sheepskin, which is shearling, or synthetic wool, also known as sherpa. These slippers are cozy and very warm, but they may be harder to clean and might be too warm for year-round use.
1. L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasin Slippers
SPY MAN AWARDS WINNER
We can’t tell you how many of our friends have gone for the L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasin Slippers. They’re just, well, wicked good! L.L.Bean says their men’s house slippers are so popular that the company sells a pair every seven seconds during the holiday rush in December. They sell so well because they feature super cozy shearling, a memory foam footbed, a rubber sole, solid L.L.Bean construction and premium sheepskin at a totally affordable price point. If you’re overwhelmed by options and having a hard time deciding on just an all-around great slipper, L.L.Bean’s Wicked Good slippers are a go-to pick and definitely some of the best slippers for men.
We love these slippers so much that we named them the Best Slippers of 2020 in last year’s SPY Man Awards.
2. UGG Tasman Slipper
BEST FOR HANGING OUT AT HOME
You’re going to see a couple of UGG options on this list, so be prepared. But, the reason for this is that UGG makes many of the best slippers for men. The UGG Men’s Tasman Slipper is basically styled like a clog, so it doesn’t have a full heel but it has some heel to help keep your foot locked in The sheepskin lining will help your feet keep the heat and the EVA rubber outsole means it’ll handle short trips outside or days in the backyard or on the patio too. It’s also worth mentioning the cool contrast stitching tracing the foot hole. It’s a nice little change-up from typical plain stitching.
If you’re looking for men’s Tasman Slippers outside of UGG’s official website right now, good luck. They are sold out just about everywhere and currently are only available in a few colors on backorder.
3. Lands’ End Moccasin Slippers
MOST SHOE-LIKE SLIPPERS
These Lands’ End Moccasin Slippers could easily pass for dressy driving moccasins. The faux-sheepskin lining is subtle so no one will see it at first glance and the rubber outsole makes these slippers street and office-ready. The suede upper looks clean and modern and makes slipping these slippers on and off a breeze. Once you take these men’s house slippers out into the world you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to wear real shoes or sneakers in the first place. The Lands End Moccasin Slippers are definitely the best slippers for men looking to sneakily get away with the fact they’re wearing slippers.
4. L.L.Bean Bison Double-Sole Slippers
L.L.Bean knows comfort and we love their Bison Double-Sole Slippers with shearling lining. These men’s house slippers are so comfortable and warm you’ll never want to take them off on those colder days. They’re made from all bison leather with genuine shearling and rawhide laces. They don’t have a rubber sole, so you definitely don’t want to take these out and about too much though. But for those hot cocoa kinds of days, your feet will feel snug and warm as heck with L.L.Bean’s Bison Double-Sole Slippers.
5. Dockers Douglas Ultra-Light Moccasin Slippers
Though there are big money picks for every product, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great budget picks. The Dockers Douglas Ultra-Light Moccasin Slippers are as comfortable as they are cheap, which is to say very. These men’s house slippers feature memory foam cushioning to conform to and support your feet with every step and a faux-shearling interior to keep your feet cozy. The only downside is the rubber sole. While it easily works indoors and outdoors, it can be a little slippery at first until it’s a little scuffed up. Aside from that, the Dockers slippers are cheap, lightweight and comfortable. They’re definitely some of the best slippers for men concerned mostly with price.
6. Minnetonka Sheepskin Ankle Boots
BEST BOOTIE-STYLE SLIPPERS
Minnetonka has been in the moccasin game since 1946 and the company continues its hand-sewn traditions to the present. Nothing says weekend comfort like the elf-style, bootie shearling slippers you get with the Minnetonka Men’s Sheepskin Ankle Boots. Will you be the coolest guy around town if you take these men’s house slippers for a spin? Probably not. But will you be the comfiest, coziest, warmest-footed guy around town? Heck yes.
These sheepskin boots will stretch and contour to your feet over time for a truly personal pair of slippers and the ankle collars can be rolled up or down depending on much warmth you want. The Minnetonka’s will be some of the best slippers for men looking for more boot-style slippers. The faux-shearling lining will keep your feet comfy and warm no matter the situation.
Best Open Back Slippers
If you want a slipper that works in warmer weather, or you just want something that’s easy to slip on and off, then an open-back slipper is your best bet. They’re comfortable and convenient, but they’re not as secure as other styles, and you may want to pair them with thick socks when the mercury dips.
1. UGG Slippers
Sometimes you just need to grab the paper real quick or step aside for a moment. That’s where some heel-less slip-on slippers can be a great help. We’ve got these UGG Men’s Scuff Slippers and we can attest to their comfort and quality. The suede upper looks classy and the sheepskin wool lining will keep your toes cozier than you could ever believe. The lack of heel makes the slippers easy to slip on or off at a moment’s notice if you need to take out the trash or feel your feet overheating. The rubber sole will make sure these men’s house slippers survive the journey too. These slip-ons are the best slippers for men looking for something warm and comfortable that slips on and off easily.
2. Greats The Foster Slipper
Most slippers are okay, at best, in the looks department. But the Greats slippers have a two-tone design with an upper inspired by puffer jackets that makes them one of the most stylish options you can buy. The nylon upper is made from recycled fishing nets, while the outsole is made from natural rubber. They’re also available in natural shearling for even greater comfort.
3. Adidas Comfort Slides
Okay, so these aren’t exactly slippers, but bear with us. Adidas slides are the perfect year-round house shoe; you can wear them sans socks in the summer or with warm wool socks in the winter. Plus, the foam construction is shaped with the natural shape of the foot in mind, so you can stay comfortable all day.
4. Birkenstock Men’s Boston Clogs
Birkenstock Boston’s can be easily worn outside, but you definitely won’t want to take them off once you get inside. They have a soft suede upper and a cork footbed that adapts to your feet as you wear them. The back of the shoes have a raised edge that supports your heel, while still making it easy to slip them on and kick them off.
5. The North Face ThermoBall Traction Water Resistant Slipper
BEST WATER RESISTANT
Sometimes you want a slipper with a back, and sometimes you don’t. These slippers have a collapsible back, so they check off two boxes in one. These puffy slips look just like your favorite puffer jacket and for the most part, and they have water-resistant protection. Perfect for in or outdoors, you’re definitely going to be thanking us later after snagging these ones.
6. Acorn Spa Slider
BEST FOR BATH AND BEYOND
Ah, terrycloth! So soft, so cuddly. Slip into these terry-lined slides after a shower or any time day or night, and you’ll feel like you’re walking on a cloud. The memory foam insole cradles your feet. These slippers are also machine washable for good measure, and they come in black and grey.