Nothing screams cozy quite like the house slipper. The indoor shoe is a signifier of both leisure and comfort, conveying an attitude that tells all, I’m in lounge mode, while helping those during harsh fall and winter days keep their feet feeling toasty. Paired with the right set of loungewear, a set of slippers can make staying at home feel almost like vacation.
Of course, the quality of those slippers plays a huge factor in their comfort, so to help you decide on which pair is worth a splurge, we put 12 of the most acclaimed slippers to the test. After weeks of rigorous testing, the L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers (available at L.L. Bean) became our best overall pick, with soft cushioning, supple sheepskin, and hardy indoor-outdoor soles. For a splurge, we recommend the Mahabis Classic Slippers (available at Amazon) as the best pair of slippers that money can buy. If you want something budget-friendly and machine-washable, consider the Acorn Moc Slippers (available at Amazon), our best value pick.
Here are the best men’s slippers we tested ranked, in order:
L.L. Bean Venetian Wicked Good
Acorn Men’s Original Moccasins
Glerups Slip-on with Leather Sole
Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole
Amazon Essentials Moccasin
Deer Stag Slipperooz Nordic Indoor-Outdoor
RockDove Men's Original Two-Tone Memory Foam
Lands' End Men's Suede Leather Moccasin
Hanes Men's FreshIQ Indoor/Outdoor Moccasins With Memory Foam
L.L. Bean Men's Venetian Wicked Good Slippers
These slippers from L.L. Bean are superb. I’m impressed by the amount of shearling lamb fur cushioning these have—there’s enough fluff to cradle my feet and prevent them from sliding out, but not so much that they create sweat. Even on days where I wore them for 10 hours straight, I never experienced a build-up of moisture, and I never noticed any odor in the three days I tested them. The unadorned, Venetian-style upper is made with malleable sheepskin that contours to your foot. The sturdy sole means they can be worn indoors or for short stints outside, though it should be noted the smooth rubber may slip on wet floors. That soft upper will also loosen up with wear, quickly showing some creasing and character that will build over time.
These slippers are hand-wash only, which may be a bummer to some, but the quality wool lining is naturally antimicrobial, which should prevent any foul stench. They fit slightly loose, so those worried about slippage or who have narrower feet should size down for a snugger fit. Those, like me, who have wide feet need not worry: These slippers will fit like a glove and that shearling will hold your feet tight.
These slippers come in men’s whole sizes 7 to 14 and are available in navy, brown, and dark brown.
Our pick for best value slipper is also the most carefree offering of everything we’ve tested. The Acorn moc is not only stylish, but it’s also plush, very breathable, and machine-washable. The fleece upper is lined with short-nap faux fur rather than shearling or wool. They aren’t the warmest of the bunch, but that thin interior makes for a relaxed fit that you can insulate further with a pair of socks. Their nearly structureless design compresses flat, making them easy to stow away in a closet or bag, so you won’t have to go anywhere without them. Think of these as a cross between a martial arts slip-on and a fuzzy sock—they have a sole that’s sturdy enough to take outdoors and a relaxed fit that's easy to easily slide into. The best part? They can go into the laundry whenever they're looking grimy—or not smelling that great.
The slippers aren’t without their setbacks, though. The Acorn moc’s lack of structure may make it feel flimsy and thin for those who are looking for a supportive slipper. There’s also an embroidered Acorn logo on the heel of each insole that makes for an uncomfortable step if you wear the shoes sockless—a poor design choice.
They come in standard and wide widths in men’s whole sizes 7.5 to 16 and in nine colors.
As a newcomer to the Scandinavian-inspired slipper company Mahabis, I was blown away: The classic fit, sophisticated style, and soft lining makes this pick feel like slippers 2.0. They’re smartly designed with comfort and minimalism in mind, with a plush felt upper and merino wool lining to keep your feet warm and cozy. But their most distinct feature is a collapsible neoprene heel that folds down, transforming the loafer style into a mule—a boon if you’re the type who crushes down the heels of slippers to wear them as slides anyway. With the heel up or down, they’re a comfortable, quality indoor-outdoor shoe that fits well and feels top quality—which is reflected in their higher-than-most price.
The felt upper is smooth with a supple nap, which gives it a distinct look from traditional leather, cotton, or sheepskin offerings. The footbed is well-cushioned but doesn’t give the slightest sign that it’ll quickly flatten out through use, while the collapsible back feels yoga-mat soft on the heel. The insole also provides arch support, a rarity for most slippers. The rubber sole has enough traction to prevent slipping on wet floors, and it’s tough enough to wear out on the street for quick strolls in the neighborhood. And as a bonus, Mahabis promises to plant a tree with every pair bought. If they were machine-washable, they’d be practically unbeatable as a luxury slipper.
They come in men’s half and whole sizes 6.5 to 13 and are available in navy, dark and light grey, and beige uppers with the option to select your own sole color from pink, black, yellow, or blue.
Hey! I’m Kevin, Reviewed’s style editor, and I’m a man who knows comfort. I often dress for the luxuries of leisure, and when I try anything on, how good it feels is at the forefront of my mind. How something drapes, how it feels on the skin, how it wears, how it fits, what fabrics are being used—these are the factors I often think about when deciding what functional style products are worth splurging on. With slippers, I particularly value materials that don't make me sweaty, that wear well, and that don't get stinky.
After weeks of researching the most popular and acclaimed men’s slippers the internet has to offer, I selected 12 bestselling products to put to the test. These slippers were chosen for their popularity, various prices, and critical acclaim. I ordered every pair of slippers in my normal size of 11.5. If a pair only came in whole sizes—as many on this list do—I got them in a size 11.
Next, I piggybacked off our guide to the best slippers for women. I adapted that grading rubric and answered a set of subjective and objective questions about each slipper. Every product was wear-tested for comfort, fit, style, and function.
Additionally, I had a pair of slippers waiting for me every time I left my shower to slide into, where I’d test for outsole traction on the wet floor. Each slipper also got graded on ease of washing, as some products are machine-washable and others hand-wash only. The entire process took roughly one month of vigorous testing. Finally, I graded each product for its overall quality after multiple days’ worth of wear.
What You Should Know About Buying Men’s Slippers
What are the Basics of Slippers?
Slippers are defined as lightweight shoes intended for indoor use. They’re typically easygoing and provide cushioning and warmth for the feet, to protect them from hard, cold floors. As their name suggests, you slip them on and off, though they may be open-backed or enclosed, depending on the style.
There are plenty of styles of slippers, but the most popular include:
Moccasin: These are flat-soled shoes usually made of deerskin, sheepskin, leather, or synthetic suede. They’re constructed using one piece of leather for the sides, and often have a U-shaped vamp stitched on top of the upper to cover the toes. They’re sometimes lined with fur. Traditionally, moccasins may be worn as casual footwear for both indoor and outdoor use, but many inside-only slippers today are moccasin-style.
Venetian: These are shoes with an opening that starts at the top of the foot and ends near the ankle bone. They are similar in shape to a loafer but lack any sort of ornamentation on their uppers.
Mule: Mules, also known as scuffs, are slip-ons that house only the forefoot while leaving the back exposed, with no constraints for the heel of the foot. Some have a slight upcurve of the insole or ridge around the heel to prevent the foot from slipping out. They’re similar to slide sandals but are not open-toed.
How to Wash Slippers
Unless the manufacturer states otherwise, slippers should not be tossed in the washer. In most cases, slippers are hand-wash only, especially those made with suede, leather, or shearing. Cleaning a pair of such slippers calls for a damp rag, specialty suede cleaner or leather cleaner, and/or a nubuck eraser, which can be used to rub dirt and stains away. When using leather or suede cleaners, it’s best to test the product on an area of the slipper that isn’t visible to make sure it won’t stain the material.
According to our go-to textiles expert, Jamie Ueda, who wrote our women’s slippers review: “Spot cleaning may be an option when there are no cleaning instructions, but you’ll have to be careful, especially with genuine shearling, suede, and leather, as these can get stained very easily. If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to take them to a professional cleaner to see if they can remove the stain safely.”
Other Slippers for Men We Tested
Ugg Ascot Slipper
The Ugg Ascot slippers are very similar to L.L. Bean’s Wicked Good slippers in terms of materials and shape. They both have shearling lining, rubber soles, and a Venetian-style upper that lacks any ornamentation. How they differ, however, is in terms of quality and fit—the latter of which I had an issue with. While the suede Ascot slippers feature a better grade of wool lining and insole than the Bean shoes, the standard width fit way too narrow for my feet. This caused an annoying issue where my feet busted over the sides of the slippers. Ugg makes these in wide width, but I only tested the standard width. They’re great slippers with an impressive indoor-outdoor rubber sole, warm wool lining, and quality suede. I just wish I got a better fit.
These slippers come in standard and wide widths in men’s sizes 7 to 18 and seven colors.
For what it’s worth, these Glerups may be the coolest-looking slippers on this list. They have an upper made of 100% pure natural wool, which helps regulate temperature and wick away moisture, and an indoor-only sole made from leather. They're cozy and warm without causing feet to sweat. And despite the smooth outsole showing no indication it would provide traction, they didn’t slip on my wet floor.
However, the fuzziness of the wool upper’s construction attracts lint, dust, and, in my case, dog hair. The slippers also pill up with clumps of loose wool through use. Glerups claims that these lint clumps are a natural product of new wool, and should clear up within two to four weeks’ time, but the amount of clinging the wool does is way too annoying to deal with on a regular basis. If it weren’t for the mess, they’d rank higher. I’m a fan of the slippers in concept, but I’m not that patient.
The Glerups slippers are available in European sizes ranging from men’s size 5 to 15 and in nine colors.
These suede-and-wool slippers are very cozy and warm, without causing any sweat buildup. They have the same quality of shearling lining as the Ugg Ascot, which feels soft on bare feet, yet the open back makes them more lightweight. My problem with the Scuff is the location of the Ugg logo on the insole’s heel. That logo placement replaces a portion of the wool lining with a slightly cushioned patch, and over time, it becomes flattened, making it scratchy to wear without socks—it takes the place of what we all want: more plush wool. The rubber soles, while sturdy for indoor and outdoor wear, are also thin, which makes the heel feel even less supportive. A shame, because the overall fit of these is so great.
The slippers are available in whole men’s sizes 7 to 18 in 11 colors.
Minnetonka’s Casey is a moccasin made with suede leather that has laces to ensure a snug fit. Rather than wool or fur, Minnetonka uses acrylic and polyester pile lining, composed of upright strands of looped yarn similar to that of carpet or corduroy. Because of this, the interior of the Casey is prone to sweat and odor in a way wool slippers are not. The exterior suede is also rough to the touch, and that material is especially painful toward the back of the heel, where it meets the lining. Wearing these feels similar to breaking in a new pair of leather loafers and enduring constant chafing. While these are offered in half sizes, the pair I wore in my usual size 11.5 fit too generously and had me wishing I went a half-size down. The slippers’ soles are its biggest strength, as they’re strong enough to grip wet floors and take outdoors.
They come in standard and wide men’s sizes 7 to 13 and are available in grey, brown, and tan.
Although the Amazon Essentials moccasin slippers are soft inside and have a great fit, it’s evident that these are built to be replaced every few months. While testing, the stitching on the left moccasin started to unravel after a handful of wears. The faux fur lining keeps the feet a little too warm, which attracts moisture and odor. That moisture buildup can’t be mitigated with a wash cycle either—I couldn’t find any cleaning instructions, but with an upper made of suede, they're most certainly spot-clean only. That suede is rough and cheap-feeling and the structure is loose, but the shoe’s plastic and rubber outsole appears sturdy enough to elongate their lifespan, if exclusively used indoors. In any case, these are somewhat comfortable, though not worth replacing once they wear out.
They come in a narrower-than-most range of men’s whole sizes, 9 to 14, and are available in brown, gray, black, and tan.
For being made by such a popular slipper company, the Deer Stags slippers are disappointing. They have a synthetic microsuede upper, but the material feels like someone sanded it down, resulting in a texture that’s more smooth than soft. The faux shearling lining appears and feels more like a carpet than cushiony plush and the insole is unpadded and flat. The upper doesn’t allow room for air, making it feel swampy quickly—I had to constantly take them off to air my feet out. The fit is also large by a full size—my feet barely stayed in the slipper, and I constantly had to readjust by curling my toes downward while wearing them. The rubber indoor-outdoor sole, although very thin, adds some cushioning that the insole lacks, and for that reason it could make for a better errand-running shoe than a slipper—these are just too rigid to feel cozy.
They come in standard and wide men’s sizes 7 to 16 and in seven colors.
RockDove Men's Original Two-Tone Memory Foam Slipper
With a similar appearance to that of complimentary hospital or hotel slides, RockDove’s slippers look antiquated and feel cheap. The upper is made with a cotton and spandex waffle-knit material, which I found more clammy than breathable, despite the company’s claim of being “sweat-free.” The insoles’ memory foam feels great on the feet upon first sliding your feet in, but simply isn’t plush enough. These are machine-washable, which is terrific, considering they were the stinkiest pair of slippers I smelled after wear testing. I am also not a fan of the two-tone colorways, which to my eye are, well, hideous.
They come in men’s whole sizes 6 to 14 and in nine two-tone color combinations.
These suede slippers from Lands’ End have plenty of faux fur lining to keep your feet warm, but it’s at the expense of a comfortable fit. The amount of fur in these makes them very tight and narrow—to the point where I struggled to squeeze into them for wear testing. Shortly after I got my feet situated, that liner made them sweat, and it wasn’t long before my toes were drenched. Drying said sweat out is troublesome, as the enclosed upper isn’t very breathable for these to air out on their own and they’re not machine-washable. The fur itself also feels cheap, and I dragged clumps of it out when extracting my feet from the pair. The narrow fit made them painful to walk around in, though perhaps had I tried the wide width, they’d have been better. The indoor-outdoor sole provides enough traction to prevent slipping, but the quality of these materials are barely passable. If you’re into them, though, Lands’ End does provide monogramming for its slippers.
They come in standard and wide widths in men’s sizes 8 to 13 and in grey, navy, tan, and brown.
Hanes Men's FreshIQ Indoor/Outdoor Moccasins With Memory Foam
These synthetic slippers from Hanes are likely made from polyester—their tag simply reads “textile”—which makes them not breathable and prone to sweat. It’s a shame as they’re soft and squishy, padded throughout with memory foam. Hanes claims that these slippers are completely odorless and won’t attract stench, but I found that the scent of chemicals from manufacturing lingers more than foot odor in these. They’re machine-washable, so that smell may disappear with laundering. The heel of the shoe has a structured collar that helps keep the foot in place, which I like, but they fit too large for my feet. I got a size XL, which should fit men’s shoe sizes 11 to 12, but I felt like I should’ve sized down to an L. The materials used here are cheap, and the combination of foam that compresses quickly with polyester that’s too hot just isn’t fit for all-day wear.
They come in men’s sizes S (6 to 7) to 3XL (14 to 15) and in 14 colors.
Kevin Cortez is the Style Editor at Reviewed. He's covered the worlds of pop culture, hip-hop, gaming, and streetwear since 2013. His words have been featured in The A.V. Club, Genius, EGM, Ambrosia For Heads, Vulture, Leafly, and Mass Appeal. He’s lived in Florida since birth and is still unsure if he enjoys it. Please bother him on Twitter.
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