• Minnetonka Women's Chesney Slippers

  • How We Tested

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Best Overall Slippers
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Chesney slippers get every detail right. They are incredibly comfortable, durable, warm, and attractive⁠—yet also affordable.

Best Overall
Minnetonka Women's Chesney Slippers

The Chesney slippers get every detail right. They are incredibly comfortable, durable, warm, and attractive⁠—yet also affordable. If you’re more of an open-back slippers fan, then these represent the ideal choice for you.

The top part is made out of real suede with a stylish faux-fur trim, and the slippers have a particularly sturdy feel about them, without weighing you down too much. They feel massively plush and with their thick soles, have the best support of any of the slippers I tested. They also excel at keeping your feet warm. That said, these slippers are probably best reserved for wear on temperate days or paired with light socks since their open-back design makes them less heat-insulated than their closed-back counterparts. But don’t worry, they will definitely keep your toes nice and toasty in all sorts of weather.

I really enjoyed the open-back as it made them particularly easy to slip in and out of and ensured that my feet never got too hot. Despite their design, they always felt sufficiently snug on my feet so that I never felt like I’d risk slipping out of them when walking around my house. Overall, these slippers have everything going right for them. Clearly there’s a reason why Minnetonka has been thriving since 1946.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Warm

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Less heat insulated than closed-back counterparts

How We Tested

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Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

A crucial element in our testing was care.

The Tester

I’m Katherine Brodsky, a freelance journalist and copywriter who frequently writes about entertainment, culture, travel, and tech for publications such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Variety, Delta Sky Magazine, CNN, The Independent, Esquire, and many others.

When I travel, I spend a whole lot of time on my feet, but I also spend a lot of time at home writing, so naturally, I wear slippers a lot and expect them to take good care of my frequently aching feet. I also expect them to be durable so that I don’t have to replace them too often⁠—needlessly breaking my heart each time they’ve reached their end-of-life cycle. And because things must spark joy, according to Marie Kondo, I am fond of aesthetics that do that for me. Sometimes, however, that leads to my staring at my feet more than the computer screen that I’m meant to be filling with words. But such is the life of a writer.

The Tests

After spending considerable time scouring the Internet for some of the most acclaimed slippers at various price points, I decided to put seven slippers to the test.

Working with Reviewed’s senior scientist, Julia MacDougall, we came up with a list of both objective and subjective questions and tests to put these slippers through the wringer. What’s the comfort and fit like? Are they difficult to put on/take off? How about at night? Do they retain odors? Can they grip a wet surface? Are they easy to take care of? What’s the overall experience like? Would I wear them again?

Another crucial element to consider is care. Unfortunately, most quality slippers aren’t designed to be thrown into the washing machine. They need to be hand-washed or spot cleaned, which is a bit of a hassle.

When I finished my rigorous testing over a period of about a month, making sure that I wear each pair of slippers long enough to really get a good feel for them, we rated various categories depending on the importance and tabulated scores.

Why Should I Wear Slippers Indoors?

There are probably more reasons to wear slippers inside the house than you think. Of course, one of the main reasons is that they keep your feet warm. But that’s far from being the only reason. You see, slippers keep your house clean compared to wearing regular shoes inside. But even if you're a sock wearer or prefer to go barefoot, the oils from your socks/feet can stain the floor, depending on the type of material used. Keep in mind also that socks have a tendency to wear down much faster when worn around the house. Slippers also have more grip and can prevent accidental slips. Plus, you decrease your odds of stabbing yourself by stepping on something sharp. It will also prevent wear-and-tear on your socks, which aren’t designed for walking around in without some sort of shoe.

How Should Slippers Fit?

For optimal comfort and fit, you should make sure to leave some room (around 3/8” to ½”) between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. You want to make sure that you’ve got a snug fit so that your foot doesn’t slip when you walk, but at the same time, you want to avoid an overly snug fit. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Keep in mind that if you want to wear your slippers with socks, you’ll need to go a size bigger to accommodate. Open-back shoes tend to be the best option for those who’ll be wearing socks with their slippers.

Types of Slippers

There’s quite a variety! There’s open-back and closed slippers, moccasin slippers, slipper socks, slipper boots, spa-style flip flop slippers, and even slippers that can be worn outdoors in a pinch. Slippers can also be made of a variety of materials, which will affect how they feel, durability, and warmth. There’s sheepskin slippers, cotton slippers, slippers with rubber soles, fleece-lined, wool and fur lining, synthetic linings, and others.

How to Wash Slippers

How you take care of your slippers depends on what materials they are made of. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for care instructions. Generally, if you’ve got cotton slippers, you can machine wash them gently in warm water and air dry. Of course, you can also wash them by hand by soaking them in soapy water. Do not wring them as it may cause them to lose their shape.

For suede shoes, it's best to wipe them with a damp washcloth or a baby wipe. For any bigger stains due to mishaps, you’ll need to spot clean with a gentle brush and mild detergent.

For leather slippers, make sure you use a cleaning product specifically formulate for leather and remove dirt with a cotton cloth. Again, baby wipes can also be used to take care of any scuff or odors.

Other Things to Consider

What’s the weather? Will you be wearing your slippers in the summer or dead of winter? How warm or cold do you run? Some people will need to wear slippers with much warmer linings, whereas others may find them uncomfortable. It’s all about your personal preferences, but an important factor to consider when looking for slippers to buy.


Other Slippers for Women We Tested

Eucoz Women's Moccasins

Although these slippers cost slightly more than our top pick, for the price and quality of materials used, they still represent a great value. Luckily, feet felt right at home straight away in these moccasin-style slippers. When I look for a good slipper, I want something that has that quality feel and these Eucoz delivered that in spades. Handmade from genuine leather cow suede and adorned with a hand-beaded design and fuzzy rabbit fur collar, they both look and feel great. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the moccasin design, but these slippers felt subtler and more elegant than your run-of-the-mill moccasin while providing the extreme comfort that makes them loved by so many.

Lined with plush fleece on the inside, they kept my feet warm, yet never felt overbearingly hot. They struck the right balance and provided just the right amount of cushioning and support. They felt mostly true-to-size but had enough give that if I had opted to wear socks instead of going barefoot, they would still fit comfortably. There were never any issues slipping them on and off even in the dark.

Unlike most other slippers I tested, instead of a rubber sole, it had a soft leather sole which felt more comfortable on the ground and also created a softer (read: quieter) landing. These slippers are also incredibly lightweight. Given the quality of materials used, comfort, style, and price (surprisingly under $50) , these slippers definitely stand out.

Pros

  • Quality feel

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Somewhat true to size

Sorel Women's Nakiska Slipper

Sorel has a reputation for making some great boots and, luckily, that reputation extends to slippers. These slippers are elegant and stylish, yet understated. Visually, I am definitely a fan. But the quality is there too. The suede leather on the upper side looks and feels premium and the lining is made out of a wool/acrylic blend. They look like they are bound to age well. Without socks, the slippers fit very comfortably on me and provide exceptional warmth.

However, for me, they can get a bit too warm and caused my feet to get a bit sweaty and itchy. That said, I tend to overheat generally, so they are perfect for someone who, unlike me, tends to have very cold feet. The cushion support on these slippers was also limited compared to some of the others, though they still felt quite comfortable and cozy.

Pros

  • Stylish

  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Gets too warm

Ugg Women's Deluxe Loafer

These slippers are probably the most premium of all the ones I’ve tested and the quality definitely shows. The Deluxe loafer is hand-stitched and is crafted from Katas Twinface, which is a lightweight and ultra-soft sheepskin. There’s no doubt that it is an incredibly elegant and understated moccasin. In fact, unlike any of the other slippers I’ve tested, it’s even professional enough to wear in a work setting!

These slippers rely on shearling lining for warmth and certainly deliver when it comes to battling cold weather. I felt that the rubber sole was quite unique in its design, with rounded ridges that provide both additional comfort and grip. Where the slippers delivered less of a punch is in how incredibly snug the fit was and I did also find my feet getting a bit too hot, trapped in an overly contained space with not much give, but a larger size might help resolve some of these issues.

Pros

  • Snug fit

  • Professional enough for a work setting

Cons

  • Uncomfortably warm

Vionic Gemma Mule Slippers

Vionic is all about comfort and support and if that’s what you’re after, these slippers may just be the fit for you.

They look a great deal like spa shoes but are apparently podiatrist-designed to have a biomechanically contoured arch support and a deep heel cup that’s meant to realign your stride and a flexible EVA midsole to absorb shock and reduce stress on feet and legs. So, in a way, these slippers are really the equivalent of a spa day for your feet. Still, given the all-fabric construction, I suspect these slippers won’t last quite as long as some of the other slippers I’ve tested and at their price point, I would expect them to.

The Vionic Gemma Mule slippers have one unique feature, which is an adjustable hook-and-loop adjustable closure at the top of the slipper. But in reality, most people should fare just fine without it as the slippers feel quite spacious. Still, it’s always nice to have the option.

The slippers are very soft and comfortable, featuring Vionic’s Orthaheel technology for foot support. That said, don’t expect much warmth from them! The footbed is made out of 100% polyester terrycloth. On the other hand, it’s treated with anti-bacterial, odor-resistant Ecofresh, which is a nice bonus.

But if you’re looking for outstanding support for your feet and comfort, rather than warmth and style, it’s worth looking into.

Pros

  • Soft

  • Comfortable

  • Provides plenty of support

Cons

  • Not great for long term use

L.L. Bean Women's Wicked Good Moccasins

Using genuine shearling-lining, these slippers are definitely more of a take on a classic moccasin and provided a bit more coverage and warmth to the upper part of my foot, which felt nice most of the time. They are very comfortable and soft to wear, but definitely best suited for particular cold climates or chilly rooms.

For me, they are not slippers I would personally want to own because my feet got especially hot in them and where I live it never gets so cold that I’d need something as powerful. These slippers run a little bit small and you definitely can’t/shouldn’t wear them with socks. But if you are someone who lives in a very cold place, you’ll find these slippers will give you the warmth you need and overall they definitely provide a lot of comfort.

Pros

  • Great for cold climates

  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Runs a little small

Skechers BOBS Keepsakes Ice Angel Shoes

Although I liked the sturdy feel and more masculine look of these slippers, these were my least favorite ones to wear. I found that the soles were so flat and firm that my arched feet felt incredibly uncomfortable and unsupported against the stiff memory foam. The slippers also had a short back that did not make my feet feel secure and rubbed uncomfortably against the back of my foot whenever I walked. It felt far less comfortable and secure than a fully open-back slipper, or a closed-back one.

This was really disappointing considering that these slippers are a very good value, have solid construction, and fluffy fur inside. But no matter how much I tried to make these work, I absolutely hated wearing them. Perhaps if you’re completely flat-footed it will be a better fit, but I couldn’t wait to get them off!

Pros

  • Solid construction

Cons

  • Uncomfortable

  • No support

Meet the testers

Katherine Brodsky

Katherine Brodsky

Contributer

Katherine Brodsky is a freelance journalist and copywriter who frequently writes about entertainment, culture, travel, and tech for publications such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Variety, Delta Sky Magazine, CNN, The Independent, Esquire, and many others.

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