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9 Most Comfortable Slippers: Best Slippers for Women

Whether you wear them with your robe in the morning, as a respite for tired feet in the evening, or all day around the house, chances are a pair of comfortable slippers is part of your footwear wardrobe.  As with any other shoes that see daily wear, it’s worth finding ones that have features that make them comfortable and good for your feet. We set out to find a selection of the best slippers for women that offer good support, warmth and versatility.  We’re huge fans of comfortable slippers and know from personal experience how great some of these brands feel.    Most feature indoor/outdoor soles and are great for year-round wear, so they get extra points for versatility.   Check out our picks of the best slippers for women and leave a comment if you have a favorite style of comfortable slippers – we love hearing from readers! Also, see our recent article about comfortable, supportive house shoes for even more ideas.

Comfortable Slippers: Giesswein Vent

Giesswein Vent (photo: Giesswein USA)

Best slippers for women – closed-back: 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 but is breathable so you don’t have to worry about overheating, even in warmer weather.

Slippers with Arch Support

If you need men’s or women’s slippers with arch support, look no further  – the best part about these Austrian-made slippers is their highly supportive, removable footbed. Keep it in for low to moderately high arches, remove and add your own orthotics for high arches. (The removable footbed also means they’re machine washable!)  A 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 from your normal European size. Available in European sizes 36-48 and in seven colors for $134 from Zappos.

If Giesswein comfort features sound appealing but you prefer an open-back or bootie style slipper, click here to check out their full line of best slippers for women (some including cute patterns).

Best Slippers for Women

Stegmann clogs

Best Slippers - Stegmann 108

Stegmann Original 108

Best “shoe” slipper: Stegmann Original 108 clog. If you’re a Stegmann owner, I don’t need to sell you on their excellent support (including metatarsal pad), generous toe box and overall comfort – you understand. If you’re new to the brand, read Kirsten’s review for more information on this wonderful European brand.

Based on personal experience, the Stegmann cork and latex midsole with enhanced arch support and deep heel cup is just what my feet need to absorb the shock of wood floors while keeping 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 out on a quick grocery run.

If plush cushioning is what you’re after, you may want to consider one of our other recommendations. While the cork midsole is shock absorbing, there’s a sturdy feel to these slipper shoes. Available in sizes 6-11 from StegmannUSA.com.

comfortable slippers - birkenstock zermatt shearling

Birkenstock Zermatt Shearling

Best slipper for Birkenstock lovers: Birkenstock Zermatt Shearling

Yes, you can wear your favorite Birkenstock Arizonas all winter long with a pair of cozy socks OR you can slip into a pair of closed-toe snuggly Birkenstock slippers! The Zermatt features a removable shearling-lined cork-latex footbed that supports the arches while keeping feet warm. A nice, wide toe box accommodates bunions or wider forefoot. A non-slip rubber outsole lets you pad around the house quietly but safely. Good news! The Birkenstock Zermatt is available in euro sizes 36-46 (!), narrow and regular widths for $99.95 from Zappos.

Comfortable Slippers - Vionic Relax

Vionic Relax Slippers

Best warmer weather slippers with arch support: Vionic Relax

My feet feel better just looking at these: orthotic footbed with deep heel cup and enhanced arch support, soft terry linings and straps, adjustable mid-foot closure for snug fit. Rhonda, a loyal Vionic customer raves, “I can’t live without these slippers. I have a pair at work & 2 pair at my house & 2 pair at my vacation house. My plantar fasciitis is gone. Love ‘em!”

Find the Vionic Relax in whole sizes 5-12. Best fits a medium to slightly wide foot. $64.95 from VionicShoes.com, Zappos, and Amazon.

Best Slippers for Women - Olukai Nohea

Olukai Nohea Slipper

Another “not-too-hot” slipper with moderate arch support: Olukai Nohea slipper. Do your feet overheat uncomfortably in heavily-lined slippers? The Nohea slipper is lined with temperature-regulating sheepskin shearling for a cozy, not sweaty slipper experience! A removable merino wool insole offers moderate arch support and a “drop-in” heel allows converts the slipper into a slip-on. An added plus if you have balance or gait problems, the super-flat sole won’t trip you up and allows your foot to feel the floor. Find the Olukai Nohea slipper in whole sizes 5-11 (order up if between sizes) for $119.95 from Zappos, and Olukai.com.

Comfortable Slippers - Birdies

Birdies “The Starling”

Birdies

Birdies

Best slipper that doubles as a cute, stylish flat: Birdies “The Starling”

Have you heard of Birdies? They were originally designed as a stylish footwear option for home entertaining with comfort features like dual-layered high-density foam with moderate heel and arch support and a non-slip sole. Customers love the soft, cozy fit and feel of their Birdies, plus they’re as cute as can be! Find Birdies in three styles, a variety of pretty colors and patterns in sizes 5-12 for $95-165 from Birdies.com.

Kuru Draft

Best supportive slippers for heel spurs (or when you can’t stand anything touching the achilles area): Kuru Draft 

“I bought these cause I have heel spurs on both of my feet! I have hardwood floors in my house and it killed me to walk on bare floors. These shoes feel wonderful on my feet!” Take it from Kuru customers who’ve tried other brands and settled on Kuru for the relief of various foot issues: plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, achilles tendonitis and flat feet to name a few. Read more about Kuru’s innovative KURUSOLE that hugs and cushions the heel area with each step. Find the Kuru Draft in whole and half sizes 6-12 for $105 from Kurufootwear.com.

comfortable slippers - keen howser slide

Keen Howser Slide

Best orthotic-friendly slipper: Keen Howser 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 slide is available in whole and half sizes 5-11 (even the hard-to-find 10.5) for $80 from KeenFootwear.com and Zappos.

Sorel Nakiska II Slide

Comfortable Slippers - Sorel Nakiska Slide

Sorel Nakiska Slide II

Best slipper slide: Sorel Nakiska II Slide.  You may be familiar with Sorel’s popular boots, but did you know they also make slippers? The Sorel Nakiska Slide II gets hundreds of five-star online reviews, many from people with plantar fasciitis, tailor’s bunions and other foot issues who think it’s one of the most comfortable slippers they’ve tried.  The Sorel Nakiska II has good arch support, a roomy toe box, and a plush wool blend lining.  Available in sizes 5-12 for $70 from Sorel.com and Zappos. If you have trouble keeping slides on your feet, consider the Sorel Nakiska slipper, which has similar styling and features but comes up higher on the heel. The new Sorel Nakiska scuff is for feet that can’t take any lip (on the back of the heel, that is).

What are your most comfortable slippers? Leave a comment below or visit our Facebook page to join in the discussion about the best slippers for women.  Also – this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about slippers. Check out our other reviews here.


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38 Responses to 9 Most Comfortable Slippers: Best Slippers for Women

  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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Herma says:

    I recently ordered a pair of Finn Comfort slippers from Germany (schuherlebnis.com). 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Amy says:

    I’ve owned and worn two pairs of Sorel Nakiskas and in my opinion they have very little arch support. (I overpronate.) They’re comfortable and plush the first few weeks, but after that you tamp down the shearling so much that it just becomes a regular old flat slipper. That said, they are pretty well made and I am hard on my shoes. I wore each pair daily for at least two years and only got rid of them when they became too dirty and gross for my liking. I need a new pair of slippers and am going to try Haflinger or Giesswien this time around in the hopes I get better support.

  12. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Thanks for the honest feedback, Amy. You’ll get best support in Haflingers or Stegmann clogs, in my opinion. This winter, I’ve found best support wearing my Birkenstock Arizonas with thick socks 🙂

  13. Margaret says:

    I love my fitflop slippers – wear them constantly around the house and out to the mailbox. Will be buying a new pair when these wear out.

  14. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Nikki! I think the giesswein vent would be great for MN–wide toe box, arch support, and the boiled wool upper keeps feet warm in winter, but not too warm!

  15. Sharon Merchant says:

    I have severe neuropathy Anything hard kills me it is hard for me to wear shoes ! I need to find a slipper that has a soft cushy insole that won’t go flat! I’m desperate

  16. Hilary says:

    Geisswein for the win! So great. I have the lodge slippers and they are the best.

  17. Sharon Daly says:

    The Geisswein Lodge slippers are great for me! Severe peripheral neuropathy keeps me from holding most slippers on my feet, and so falls are always a possibility. The Lodge model, with adjustable fit and closed back stay on, and the deep toe box and arch support are excellent. If you have foot priblems from MS or CIDP, the Lodge slippers may be just right for you.

  18. Wendy says:

    I’m just looking for a soft (think dearfoam) mule type slipper with a removable insole so I can use my own orthotics. So hard to find!

  19. Celeste McClain says:

    I got my Giessweins based on this article, and absolutely love them! I think they’ve helped improve my PF, since I wear them all the time at home.

    A note about buying them, though (and I don’t know if this is true, so take this for what it’s worth)… if you visit Giesswein USA’s web page, they tell you that the ones with the most supportive footbed are USA made, and that the version you get on Amazon or Zappos will the the ones from Austria, where the footbed is less pronounced. They also give a list of stores that carry the USA version.

    I got mine direct from Giesswein USA and the footbed feels like a Birkenstock, very, very comfortable and supportive, but I need that support. They’re otherwise identical to the ones shown above. I got my actual size and had to wear them barefoot the first two weeks, but they gently stretched a bit and now I can wear a medium-weight sock with them, not that they’re really needed. The stretch has not made the slipper too loose, though. Still a perfect fit. Can’t recommend these highly enough!

  20. Kirsten Borrink says:

    What a fantastic review, Celeste. I had NO idea that the USA made Giesswein have more supportive footbed. I’ll reach out to them and ask some questions. Thanks for the info 🙂

  21. Beverly says:

    I am replacing closed-back Geisswein slippers, boiled wool, for size 10W feet, because they wore holes through both slipper tops in under 6 months. Perhaps it is due to how I walk? I paid over $100 for them and was persuaded to try boiled wool slippers for the first time (and these were pretty to boot).
    I have been on a search since for supportive, warm slippers with an indoor/outdoor sole. A removable insole to be replaced with an orthotic or Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx insoles would be optimal. I have had to contend with plantar fasciitis, a heel spur, and falling arches. Many slippers do not seem to be available in wide widths, either.
    That said, I ordered Drew’s Comfy slippers, clog style, in black 10W from Zappos. I tried this style in an unwanted color first, and they provided the very best support, had a large enough toe box, and didn’t slip or fall off when I walked. They are attractive enough. I had to wait for the color I wanted to come in. Even though Zappos is owned by Amazon, they do NOT share shoe inventories (as I found out when contacting their Customer Service crew). I chose to wait for Zappos to come through, rather than order from Amazon. If this post is still open to comments in 6 months, I can follow up with another review.

  22. Andrea says:

    Oh no! I originally looked at this post a few days ago and there was a random pair of boots in the middle of the article (it said something like ‘the only ankle boots you’ll ever need’) — of course, I didn’t research them at the time — and now it appears the post is cleaned up (the boots are gone!) and I don’t remember the manufacturer. Sad face; they were really cute. Any chance you have any idea what I am talking about Kirsten?

  23. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Andrea! It was a google-sponsored ad. I saw it too but didn’t like that it cluttered up my post, but here you are saying you want to know more about them! LOL. Let me see if I can re-insert the ad…

  24. Maisie says:

    I recently found the Birkenstock Zermatt and love it! I’ve found that Geisswein’s don’t offer enough support and Stegmans were much too wide. The think I like about the Zermatt is that it comes in narrow size and it has a shearling footbed. As someone who has been on a years long quest for the perfect house slipper for plantar fasciitis and hallux rigidus, I can recommend the Birkenstock Zermatt as darn-near-perfect 🙂

  25. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Wonderful! I just saw the Birkenstock Zermatt but there weren’t many reviews, so I wasn’t sure about fit or feel. I am a Birk girl through and through, so might have to invest. I appreciate your feedback. It looks so cozy.

  26. Sue Miller says:

    I agree with you about the Birkenstocks. I too wear them with socks all winter in the house (and outside) They are my slippers!!

  27. Toni says:

    I purchased my Giesswein open back slippers from Nordstrom on sale. However, as most people have indicated, I have holes in the toe area after about 6 months. I love the feel, but they are too wide in the toe box so I have to wear socks with them.

  28. Lari Frank says:

    I just sadly am sending back my second try at Acorn spa wrap. Felt lovely on my foot but the sizing is all off. I am a straight up size 9. The choices were L and XL for me and after reading the reviews I began with XL (9.5 to 10.5)- wouldn’t stay on my foot despite having a back. Way too big. Exchanged it for a Large (8-9) which I have to say I didn’t have high hopes for. Too small (I’m feeling like Goldilocks here). Back again. Looks like this is something I’ll have to buy in a store rather than online. They did feel yummy but they really need to get the sizing straight. I read all of the reviews and it just didn’t help.

  29. Cindy says:

    I recently purchased a pair of Glerups – bootie style. I love the warmth of the wool. Really helps my cold feet! However, these slippers are not supportive at all. My feet ache! Sometimes I get sharp pains also. Wish they were more supportive.🙁

  30. Deborah says:

    I think perhaps Giesswein has quietly changed the Veitsch slipper – and not for the better. I just received a new pair of Giesswein Veitsch slippers ordered direct from Giesswein USA (they were shipped from Austria per the package tracking info). The slippers I received had a very thin removable insole that was nothing like the thick, supportive cork composite insole in older Veitsch and Vent shoes. The new insole is less than 1/8 inch thick and has no built-up area to provide arch support. There is a very slight cupped area for the heel, but since the plastic bottom layer of the insole is perforated I have to wonder how much long-term support it would provide. You can get a look at the new slipper replacement insole at https://us.giesswein.com/products/insole-leather-slippers?color=nature-200 to see how flat it is. I will be returning these shoes because I need arch support and felt none in this pair of Veitsch. The length was OK because I went up one EU size from what I normally wear in Birks and Haflingers, but the shoe felt quite narrow to my foot. Maybe the Haflinger Michel would give me a removable/replacable insole and the support I’m looking for.

  31. Geri Jaeger says:

    I have narrow feet. Terrible time getting slippers or anything to stay on my feet. Suggestions? I need the arch support. plantar fascitis, neuropathy

  32. Valleycat1 says:

    In addition to some of the brands listed here, I have liked Haflingers. Good arch support too for my narrow high arched feet. They are one of the few brands that still make true indoor-only versions with felted soles, so they are quiet to walk in and won’t mark floors.

  33. Monira says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog.

  34. keeley larsen says:

    why do you not have anything comfortable for people who let the sheep keep their hair and skins?
    in this day and age, there is no need to strip animals of their birthright….their body parts!
    i have sore feet and i must just deal with it as everything non wool etc is cheap crap and i haven’t the idea where or the time to review 1500 slippers and shoes!
    thanks

  35. Jane M says:

    I have a few different foot problems and can highly recommend Vionic Relax Slippers as they are supportive, comfortable and adjustable. I used to use the Vionic in summer and winter slippers (FitFlop Shuv – excellent) with better foot coverage in the colder months but stopped using them as I didn’t like putting my feet up on the furniture with shoes on, and the back of my feet got cold. Now my routine is to put on Heat Holder socks in the morning to walk around on the carpet upstairs, and when I go downstairs I slip on the Vionics over the socks. When I want to lounge around and put my feet up, I slip off the Vionics and my feet are still warm with the socks! Not the sexiest look but oh, so comfortable!

  36. Dea says:

    I LIVE in my Vionic Gemma slippers!! I have reoccurring plantar fasciitis and these have great arch support and they come in cute patterns!!

  37. Ellen says:

    I have really liked my Powerstep slippers https://www.powersteps.com/luxe-womens-slippers-black.html.They have arch support and a deep heel cup, a non-skid sole and are soft and fluffy.

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