Published on January 22nd, 2023 | by Kirsten Borrink46
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 as you work from home, chances are a pair of comfortable slippers is part of your footwear collection. As with any other shoes that see daily wear, it’s worth finding a pair that’s cozy, supportive and durable. See our top 9 picks based on our experience and customer reviews.
Comfortable Wool Slippers with Arch Support: Haflinger and Stegmann
One you’ve experienced the comfort and support of Haflinger wool clogs, we doubt you’ll ever go back to standard issue slippers. The darling Couricini style shown here features a anatomically contoured cork and latex midsole to keep your arches supported all day long. The wide toe box ensures room for bunions or thick socks (we recommend Maggie’s organic cotton ragg socks). The high quality wool felt uppers and lining are breathable, warm (but not too warm), and antibacterial. Go ahead and wear these Haflingers outside–the slip-resistant outsole is made of water-repellent rubber. This style runs a little large, you may want to size down. Find the Haflinger Couricini in sizes 5-11 for $139 from Zappos, GermanSlippers.com, Amazon and Nordstrom.
Some people are Haflinger fans, others prefer Stegmann. Both wool clogs offer superior arch and metatarsal support plus a roomy toe box. Read Kirsten’s review for more information on this wonderful European brand.
Do you prefer a cozy house shoe to a slipper? The Topo Athletic Revive may be billed as recovery footwear, but we think it’s perfect for feet that crave sturdy support, a roomy toe box, and a massaging footbed. Find the Topo Athletic Revive in sizes 6.5-11 for $120 from Zappos, and Amazon.
Open-toe slippers with arch support: Vionic Relax and Alegria Chillery
My feet feel better just looking at the Vionic Relax with its orthotic footbed with deep heel cup and enhanced arch support, soft terry linings and straps, and adjustable mid-foot closure for a 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. $69.95 from VionicShoes.com, Stan’s Fit for Your Feet, Zappos, and Amazon.
It’s about time that Alegria made an adjustable slipper based on their popular mild rocker outsole! The Chillery is Alegria’s newest house shoe-slipper combo with plush textile sherpa uppers and lining, two adjustable velcro straps and that heavenly rocker sole that takes pressure off the forefoot and heel through the stride. Find the Alegria Chillery in sizes 5-13 for $69.95 from Zappos, and Peltz Shoes.
Best affordable slippers with arch support: Revitalign Oceanside and Alegria Comfee
For $69.99 you get a slipper with enhanced arch support, adjustable instep strap, cozy faux fur lining and good traction! Keep in mind that the Revitalign Oceanside runs small, so order up! Available in six colors, sizes 6-12 for $69.99 from Zappos and Nordstrom.
Just like the Alegria Chillery featured above, the Comfee offers cushioning for the soles, enhanced arch support and a mild rocker outsole to take pressure off the forefoot. A roomy toe box accommodates bunions and hammertoes. Find the Alegria Comfee in sizes 5-13 for $69.95 from Zappos and Shoemall. Prefer an enclosed boot-type slipper? Check out the Alegria Cozee!
Dansko makes a slipper!
Dansko now makes a comfortable slipper/house mule that doesn’t look anything like Professional clog. We love this Zappos review, “Feels like walking on a big, rubber eraser with arch support!” The cozy Dansko Lucie soothes the heels, supports the arches and makes room for the toes. Find the Dansko Lucie in euro sizes 36-42 (5.5-11.5) for $125 from Dansko.com, and Zappos.
Warm but not too warm!
Do your feet overheat uncomfortably in heavily-lined slippers? The Olukai 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 Nordstrom.
Danish company Glerups is a no-fuss, no-frills brand dedicated to quality hand-crafted wool slippers and booties. Customers love the non-scratchy, temperature-regulating wool uppers that follow the shape of the foot from toe to heel. Although arch support is minimal, feel free to order up and add your own! Glerups wool booties are available in women’s sizes 5-12 and men’s sizes 7-13 for $125 from Zappos.
No need to give up the comfort and support of Chaco sandals when cooler weather blows up, the Chaco Ramble Fluff has you covered. A fleece upper and lining sits atop Chaco’s signature arch-supporting LUVSEAT™ footbed. The toe box is generous and an adjustable instep strap provides a secure fit. The grippy EVA outsole ensures safe passage down slippery sidewalks to grab the mail or walk the dog. Find the Chaco Ramble Fluff in sizes 6-11 from $80 from Zappos and Chacos.com.
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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!
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!
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.
Yes, I think the Haflingers would be best for someone with hallux rigidus/limitus with its sturdy sole. My Haflingers run wide too.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
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
Geisswein for the win! So great. I have the lodge slippers and they are the best.
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.
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!
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!
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 🙂
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.
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?
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…
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 🙂
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.
I agree with you about the Birkenstocks. I too wear them with socks all winter in the house (and outside) They are my slippers!!
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.
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.
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.🙁
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.
I have narrow feet. Terrible time getting slippers or anything to stay on my feet. Suggestions? I need the arch support. plantar fascitis, neuropathy
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.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog.
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!
See our house shoe suggestions here :https://www.barkingdogshoes.com/comfort-casual-shoes-youll-crave-for-indoors-and-out/
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!
I LIVE in my Vionic Gemma slippers!! I have reoccurring plantar fasciitis and these have great arch support and they come in cute patterns!!
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.
I tried the Sorel slippers and compared to my previous pair (Vionic Gemma) the support was wanting. It’s more of a moderate support, so it depends on what your needs are.
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Thank you! This post was so helpful. I purchased the Geisswein Veitsch slippers.
I wanted to share a long-term review of the Birkenstock Zermatt. Like others posted above, I too loved mine for about 8 or so months. After a year, the sole (different and softer than a traditional Birk) has worn down and the boiled wool has worn through. I was disappointed to read that Birks do not come with a warranty. They definitely were comfortable and good for my feet, but I expect $100 slippers to last longer than a year.
Oh shoot!! I would expect the same. Thanks for the info. I have the best luck with my birkenstock arizonas (not soft footbed) paired with warm socks.
Thanks for the information, it really helps me. In the future, I will try to be more specific about the products that I’ll be purchasing. I enjoy reading your blogs a lot… Thanks for your hard work… My best wishes are also with you.
Orthopedic doctors and physical therapists have all insisted that shoes are not just for the comfort of the feet but make a significant difference to the body’s comfort. They say that especially anyone with back or hip pain needs to wear shoes with backs. No backless shoes. It makes finding good-looking slippers a bit difficult but well worth the effort. I am sitting here in my wonderful Glerups but also have Taos and Giesswein. Not as pretty as some, but so worth the difference for the body’s comfort.
Does anyone know if the ones yoi recommend have space for orthodics?- that is, do they have a removable insole and are large enough to accomodate the orthodic? Thanks! Sonia