Published on November 20th, 2016 | by Kirsten Borrink


5 Most Comfortable Slippers for Women 2016

The north wind made its debut this weekend here in Chicago, obliterating our streak of relatively warm and sunny November days. And along with the cold temps come the cold floors! Slipper season is officially here and Zappos carries all the foot-friendly brands and styles to give and to get. See five of the most comfortable slippers for various foot problems…and then take advantage of Zappos new rewards program: earn points towards Zappos rewards codes, free 1-day shipping and more!

Giesswein Vent

Giesswein Vent from Zappos | Best Closed-Back Slipper

Best closed-back slipper: The Giesswein Vent Lodge slipper is an “orthopedic experience extraordinaire,” as described by a happy Zappos customer. A natural boiled wool upper keeps toes comfortably warm in winter without overheating.

The best part about these Austrian-made slippers is the removable footbed with arch support. Keep it in for low to moderately high arches, remove and add your own orthotics for high arches. The slip-resistant waterproof outsole allows for a quick trip to the mailbox or a once-around-the-block with the dog. Be advised: this slipper runs small. I recommend ordering a size or two up from your normal European size. Available in European sizes 36-46 and in seven colors. $134 at Zappos.

Haflinger Lacey

Haflinger Lacey from Zappos Best “Shoe” Slipper

Best “shoe” slipper: Haflinger Lacey. If you’re a Haflinger owner, I don’t need to sell you on their excellent support, generous toe box and overall comfort, you understand. But perhaps you’ve not seen a Haflinger so pretty before? The Lacey is the feminine version of the popular Grizzly model with its cut-out “lacey” detailing.

From personal experience as I have a similar style, the Haflinger cork and latex midsole with enhanced arch support and deep heel cup is just what my feet need to absorb the shock of my wood floors while keeping my plantar fasciitis flares to a minimum. The rubber traction sole allows me to walk confidently outside to bring the trash cans in or even venture to Target!

If plush cushioning is what you’re after, you may be disappointed with the Haflinger Lacey. While the cork midsole is shock absorbing, there’s a sturdy feel to these slipper shoes. European sizes 36-42, four colors. $127 at Zappos.

Spenco Supreme Slide

Spenco Supreme Slide | Best Slipper for Heel Pain

Best slipper for heel pain: Spenco Supreme Slide. While either of the two slipper featured above will help alleviate heel pain, almost every other review for the Spenco Supreme slide mentions plantar fasciitis relief.  The Supreme Slide features Spenco’s Anti-pronation Total Support™ technology that promotes a healthy stride, promoting stability, alignment and motion control.

The lining is faux fur which can bother some feet that overheat and sweat easily. Whole sizes 5-11. $57-89 at Amazon.

Acorn Spa Wrap Slipper

Acorn Spa Wrap | Best Cushioned Slipper

Best cushioned slipper: Acorn Spa Wrap. If you prefer a slipper that feels like a warm teddy bear hug for your feet, this is it. However, for all its pillow softness, this is no flimsy slipper. A fully contoured footbed made of molded CFC-free polyurethane offers moderate support for arches. A velcro strap allows for adjustability for a customized fit or in case feet swell while a bit of elastic gathering around the back prevents heel slippage. The upper is made of soft terry cloth. Available in sizes S-XL (5-10.5) for $45 at Zappos.


Keen Howser

Keen Howser: Best Orthotic-friendly slipper

Best orthotic-friendly slipper: Keen Howser II Slide. What a cute slipper! A nice wide toe box accommodates bunions while a removable footbed allows for use of orthotics if necessary. A Zappos customer praises this slipper by Keen, “I struggle with mid-foot arthritis, plantar’s issues and a heel spur, and while I’ve been told to wear orthotics 24/7, I hate wearing a heavy shoe all the time. I bought these because they have a removable insole, a slightly higher back for a slide, and a soft. They are great with my orthotics in and very comfy.” The Keen Howser II slide is available in whole and half sizes 5-11 (even the hard-to-find 10.5) at 

Do you have a favorite slipper that has helped your achy feet? Do tell! Leave a comment below or visit our Facebook page to join in the discussion.

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11 Responses to 5 Most Comfortable Slippers for Women 2016

  1. Bette says:

    I recommend Glerups slippers — they’re Danish felted wool slippers with suede soles, in beautiful colors. So soft and comfy! My favorite model is the one called … The Shoe … in teal. They’re a work of art I look forward to wearing every evening!

  2. Christie says:

    This fall, I finally broke down and bought the Geisswein Veitsch (similar to above, but heel not covered) and although it is by far the most I have ever spent on slippers, I am really happy with them. The footbed is extremely comfortable and supportive. I was concerned there would be some break in time, as there is with Birkenstocks, but they have been like slipping on instant relief from our hardwood floors from day 1! Because they are made from wool, my feet don’t get overly hot, as they have in the past from shearling and fleece lined slippers and the wool doesn’t feel itchy or rough on my foot. Highly recommend!

  3. cedar says:

    I ordered the Giesswein Vent for my husband. He often has sore feet, is an underpronator (supinator?) and sees the podiatrist from time to time. He loves these “slippers.” I’m surprised I finally found a shoe he doesn’t have to be reminded to wear in the house. So, I’m currently suffering from a painful PF bout, and decided to try them for myself.
    Very nice, but in my experience, they run true to size. I sized up to 40 for my size 8 feet, and had to return them. Much too large. I’m waiting on size 39.
    I will add, I also ordered the Haflinger Classic Grizzly for myself. They run large. I had to return the 39 and am waiting on size 38. It’s definitely not as cooshy feeling as the Giesswein; it’s more of a rigid shoe, and runs quite wide.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Yes, I think the Haflingers would be best for someone with hallux rigidus/limitus with its sturdy sole. My Haflingers run wide too.

      • cedar says:

        Now that I’ve received proper sizes in both, I’m keeping both. The Giesswein’s are so nice and warm and they encourage me to move my foot a bit, which is good for my PF. After a few hours wearing them, I then switch to the Haflingers, a different type of comfort. 🙂
        Thank you.

  4. Herma says:

    I recently ordered a pair of Finn Comfort slippers from Germany ( They’re listed as men’s slippers under the Prophylaxis (diabetic) range. Sturdy rubber soles with the soft, replaceable cork footbed and a padded suede upper. Heavenly. They’re open at the heel. Not too hot. Can be worn as outdoor shoes too but I’m going to use them as house shoes.

  5. Ellen Williams says:

    Hi Kirsten, I have arthritis in my knees and I’m looking for a good house slipper that I can wear around the house. I would appreciate the suggestion because I need the support.

    Thank You

    Ellen Williams

  6. cedar says:

    Happy New Year!
    I want to say that for plantar fasciitis, the Spenco wins hands down. I’m shocked, but it’s a piece of heaven.

  7. Olivia says:

    I’m an avid reader of your blog, but am unable to afford most of the recommendations. However, thanks to you, I can spot a great pair of quality shoes that accommodate my arthritic foot at thrift stores. Recently, in one week, I found a pair of like new Geisswein slip on slippers and a pair Haflinger clogs that looked like they were never worn for under $10! My feet are so happy!

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Hi Olivia,

      I have a favorite thrift store nearby and have found Dansko, Sanita, Clarks and more! Way to go on the awesome Haflinger find. I totally get budgets, I’m on a strict one for everything else in my life except shoes…LOL!

  8. Suze says:

    Dear sirs

    Do you send to the Channel Islands

    Many thanks

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