In A Hurry? These 3 are the best slippers for men in 2020:
Whether you just had a long day at the office or you have incredibly cold floors in your house, the best slippers designed for men’s naturally wider feet can make all the difference in the world when it comes to comfort.
Now if the last pair of slippers you owned were highly inspired by a certain cartoon mouse, then it’s about time you get up to speed on the latest slippers available for men on the market that will have your feet feeling incredibly comfortable and warm.
As we often do here at Tools of Men, whether it’s a body spray, nail clippers, or heck even double edge safety razors, we always want to make sure that men are fully informed on the product at hand before they click the ‘buy now’ button.
Therefore, we want to give just a brief primer on some of the nuances of slippers so you can get the absolute best slipper for your feet (and that won’t fall apart after a month):
6 Considerations When Buying Men’s Slippers
The simple fact of the matter is that not all slippers are equal. Here we share a few considerations you should think about before making your purchase:
1. Different Types of Slippers
Whether you end up buying a slipper for yourself or someone else, its important to know just all the different cuts and options that exist when selecting a slipper:
Boot Slippers: While not exactly the UGGs that your kid sister may wear while sipping a Machiata-who-knows-what, boot slippers can be an excellent choice for men who are making their winter escape to extremely cold climates. With its mid-calf height, this cut of designs will help to keep your feet warm in the harshest of winter mornings when sipping some joe while in a log cabin.
Loafers & Slip-On Slippers: Like a loafer for dress shoes, this style cut of slippers for men is a great way to easily take on and off in the early morning. While most come without laces, slip-ons and loafers will fully encompass both your toes and heel. Depending on the cut of the slipper, the top of your foot may be exposed in this design. Naturally, this will be a more sophisticated look.
Mules & Clog Slippers: Unlike the loafers & slip-ons, mules and clogs won’t cover your heel. However, the front part of these slippers will fully envelope your toes and top part of your feet (think Crocs style). Mules & clogs are likely going to be best for men with back problems and that struggle to put on their shoes every day.
Novelty Slippers: If you are on a trip to a world class theme park in Florida or perhaps you have some children that you love entertaining (or really love Star Wars as much as we do), novelty slippers are usually oversized closed toe and heel slippers that provide little support and are simply just for fun.
Orthopedic Slippers: If you have nagging heel or back pain, an orthopedic slipper will have built in support through several layers within the insole. Insoles for orthopedic slippers will often come in padded or gel varieties. These types of slippers can be enormously helpful if you have heel spurs or plantar fasclitis.
Moccasins: Harkening back to their roots with Native Americans, moccasins are traditionally crafted from animal hides and provide coverage for both your toes and heels. With their light weight design, many men may wear a moccasin around the house and light outdoor use (i.e. checking the mail, taking out the garbage). These are incredibly versatile and durable.
Traction Socks: Wildly popular in the early 90s through brands like Totes, traction socks are typically a bit thicker than your traditional athletic sock. Beyond the fabric weight, traction socks will have plastic grips (or some light sole structure) along the bottom of the sock in order to prevent accidental slips (especially on hardwood flooring).
2. Where Do You Plan On Wearing Your Slippers?
While of course, most men may plan on wearing their slippers around the house, there are several brands that offer slippers for men with a built-in rubber sole. This reinforced sole will allow you to do simple tasks not only around the house but also to drive in the car to go run a few light errands as well.
Now if you aren’t looking for full durability, then a simple cloth or other reinforced fabric sole should provide plenty of protection for most men around the house.
3. Common Materials That Slippers Are Crafted From
When it comes to some of the best men’s slippers on the market, they are typically constructed from genuine leather or suede. The reason why these may seem superior to their natural fiber counterparts (i.e. cotton, wool, canvas, etc.) is that they often wear well with time.
In addition to having a more durable outer shell, natural animal skins are likely going to provide a much cozier environment for your toes. This will help to ensure that your feet remain nice and warm when the mercury continues to drop outdoors.
Contrary to animal hides, natural fibers will be much more affordable. Therefore, if you are a man on a budget, or perhaps just simply don’t want to invest the kind of dollars usually commanded by the higher end slippers, a cotton clog slipper will be much more welcoming. Also, if the slipper has a fabric sole, you can easily throw it in the washer once every few weeks to retain that just out of the box feeling.
With an animal hide slipper, any scratches or spills on the material will often require professional cleaning to get them back to their original form. While more durable, this susceptibility to damage may leave men only wearing them in the house (as opposed to being a versatile slipper for several occasions).
4. Extra Features to Consider
When considering slippers, there are a few additional features that you may want to consider:
Memory Foam Cushioning: With memory foam insoles, you will have a bit more cushioning for your feet. This not only increases comfort when walking but can also help to alleviate some lower back pain that you may otherwise experience in thin soles.
Shock Absorption: Similar to memory foam cushioning, shock absorption slippers are designed to withstand heavy use while providing adequate support for your feet. If you like to wear your slippers for several hours at a time, shock-absorbing insoles can help to further increase comfort and prevent overpronation.
Antimicrobial Additives: Closed-toe slippers are a breeding ground for bacteria. The ventless structure of this design allows bacteria to grow quickly and emit foul odors. During the manufacturing process, some companies may add antimicrobial additives such as Ultra-Fresh to help prohibit the growth of bacteria. If you find that your feet sweat easily, it may be worth buying a pair of slippers with this additive.
Slip Resistant: If you have slick floors or simply want more confidence with each step, slip-resistant slippers should be considered. This can also be a safe choice should you be wearing your slippers outdoors during the winter months.
Diabetic Slippers / Sugar Slippers: Diabetic slippers have been designed in a unique way in order to prevent any skin breakdown due to poor blood circulation. You can find this type of slipper at specialty retailers such as Zappos, Dr. Comfort, and more.
The price range for slippers will vary depending on the materials used for both the uppers and the outsoles along with the brand name itself. Based on our research, we found that most men’s slippers will typically cost anywhere between $50 and $100.
Shopping online can be tough, especially when there are so many knock-off and imitation brands out there. To help you get through this minefield, our list below features brands that have been received very well among peers.
12 Of The Best Slippers For Men For Maximum Comfort and Warmth
From the highly respected Canadian brand primarily known for their incredibly well crafted winter boots, Sorel knows a thing or two when it comes to comfort and durability.
The Falcon Ridge slipper by Sorel is crafted from a leather shell and moccasin toe to keep your feet fully protected from the harsh cold and drafty air.
But where this slipper really shines is with its wool-blend inner lining. Wool will do a terrific job at keeping the temperature of your feet well regulated.
Therefore, if you are incredibly annoyed like most men of the thought of sweaty toes in your slippers you shouldn’t have that issue with the Sorel Men’s Falcon Ridge slipper.
To further add to the integrity along with increased durability of the Falcon Ridge, there is a rubber bottom that should be adequate for light house chores.
When it comes to the best slippers for men, the Falcon Ridge by Sorel will be at the top of the list.
Dressed in a variety of fabrics and patterns, this slipper from Acorn is the complete package for men. Relying and fleece and textured uppers, the Acorn Moc Slipper is great for the animal conscious men out there that want a quality slipper without having to rely on natural animal hides.
But beyond the animal friendly advantages this slipper has to offer, the Acorn Moc contains a natural blend lining for ultimate moisture control and breathability. Therefore you should be able to comfortably wear these slippers without having to worry about swampy toes.
To further add to the overall natural comfort of the Acorn Moc slipper, the insoles have plenty of support that should adequately keep heel and general foot pain at bay when walking around the house.
But like any man, you will need to go grab your daily paper at the end of the driveway in the morning, rather than sliding on a pair of cold sneakers, you can keep the Acorn Mocs on as they feature a rubber sole for such an occasion.
If you are still skeptic on the quality of these slippers given their all natural fabric, you will be happy to know that ‘astronauts on every NASA expedition since 1982 have worn Acorn slippers’.
Therefore, these slippers are truly out of this world 🙂
For men who found the Sorel Falcon Ridge slipper to be a bit lacking on the heel, they will surely love this alternate design by Sorel in the Manawan slipper line.
This bootie slipper is terrific for men who are looking for full comfort and warmth around their entire foot.
While slip-on slippers can be incredibly annoying if you plan on making a quick jog to take out the trash or run to your car, the Manawan should always stay on your feet.
With the long slit on the top side of this slipper, your feet can comfortably rest in the shoe without having to rely on cumbersome shoe laces or zippers like you would see in inferior brands.
Beyond the expert design by Sorel, this bootie slipper is crafted from the same fine materials found in the Falcon Ridge (leather uppers, rubber sole, etc.) that will be able to serve you for years.
Whether you are buying this as a Christmas or Father’s Day gift (or just yourself), this is an uncompromising boot that is incredibly well made.
Dubbed as being sleeping bags for your feet, these slippers by the Canadian based Baffin company are truly one of a kind.
Unlike just about any slipper that adheres to one of the design styles we outlined above, the Baffin slipper has a drawstring closure that you would normally see on your favorite outer shell jacket or sleeping bag.
This ensures that the slippers will never accidentally slip off your feet with extended use.
With the nylon outer, cold air won’t be able to penetrate the shell of this slipper. Beneath the nylon rests a down filling that will be something akin to walking on clouds.
On the underside of these shoes you have skid proof design that will keep your feet firmly in their place while you are walking. Beyond just being simple household slippers, the Baffin’s also can be used while traveling or camping.
With its unparalleled versatility coupled with its light-weight design, the Baffin’s are terrific if you are looking for a new type of slipper.
With the micro suede upper, the Deer Stag Men’s Wherever clog is perfect for the man that desires comfort yet is always on the move.
If the Baffin’s above were the sleeping bags for your feet, the Deer Stag’s could easily be the sweatpants for your feet.
Built on incredibly comfortable soles, you will likely never want to take the Deer Stag’s off once you put them on.
Like a nice pair of men’s slip on shoes, these slippers not only pair great with your pajama pants, but will look remarkably well with a pair of denims. So, if you are watching your Sunday morning political programs or perhaps need to run to the bank to deposit a few checks, the Deer Stag slipper could be worn on either occasion.
If you haven’t heard of Deer Stags, don’t be worried, they have been crafting footwear for men and women alike since 1929, it’s clear that they definitely know a few things with it comes to slippers.
Whether you are just wanting to get in the festive spirit or you prefer a light weight slipper sock as opposed to a heavy-duty clog, the Acorn Unisex Slipper Sock is a great option.
With its high calf design, this will be a sure-fire way to keep you warm from the knee down.
With its unique blend of cotton and wool, the natural fiber fabric will help to regulate temperature to keep moisture at bay while providing warmth.
What sets these socks apart from the rest of the pack is that it has a suede sole that will withstand the toughest conditions. This is a great way to provide both traction and keep water splashes from getting your toes and fabric wet.
Initially when looking at the slipper, one would think that this slipper likely features no support since it closely mimics a sock. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. For the insole of this slipper there are several layers for maximum comfort.
Being that there is no true leather shell around these slippers, they are going to be one of the most compact slippers that you can take with you when traveling.
Overall a terrific slipper for those looking for a non-traditional slipper that allows you to choose from one of the several low-key or funky design patterns to satisfy any man’s taste.
For men who want to make a fashion statement with their slippers the U.S. Polo Assoc. proudly has the pony logo emblazoned on the tongue of the shoe.
Lined with faux shearling flannel, these slippers come in tan and black variants to accommodate your personal tastes.
With its full toe and heel coverage, its easy slip-on and slip-off ability will allow you to easily place your feet inside when getting out of bed in the morning (or for a midnight snack).
Along the bottom you will find a rubber constructed sole that will allow you to walk to the end of the driveway and pick up your copy of the Wall Street Journal.
These are a terrific pair of slippers for the dignified man.
If you plan on getting these for someone else, they do gift extremely well with a well-designed presentation box included.
While many slippers may be breathable due to the use of natural fibers, this just isn’t enough for some men. To fully account for men who want to ensure that their toes don’t feel like they are suffocating or creating a swampy mess every day (and likely causing foul odors in their presence), then they will welcome this unique design by Old Friend.
Why is this slipper so unique from a standard open toe slipper?
Here’s the deal:
Men who experience that sweating sensation when wearing slippers likely just get it around their toe area (not their heels). Therefore, with this slipper design, you will get a flow of air coming in from the front, while keeping the rest of your foot relatively warm with its unique closure.
Therefore, if you live in mild climates (i.e. Virginia and south), these slippers will likely be an excellent compromise in breathability and comfort.
Beyond its open toe design, the Old Friend step-in slippers will also be great for light outdoor use with its rubber sole. So, if you want to grab a newspaper, a cup of joe, and sit outside by the pool or back patio, these slippers will work great.
For the ultimate in air flow, the Muk Luks is the perfect slipper for men who want the comfort and cushion of a slipper without the warmth.
Geared towards men who may live in hot climates, this slipper will be perfect for breathability. Unlike the Old Friend slipper that has the fabric wrapped around the top and heel of your foot, the Muk Luk gets a full circulation of air.
An added benefit of air flow is that your feet will never sweat in these slippers. If you have hyperhidrosis of your feet, you won’t have to worry about putting these slippers into the washer every other week in order to remove the odor from the profuse sweating.
Being that the Muk Luk doesn’t contain any natural animal hides such as suede or leather, this slipper is a cruelty free slipper for the animal conscious men out there.
Lastly, the thin rubber sole along the bottom of the slipper will be great for simple chores and light errand running.
The force is with you when you wear these officially licensed Star Wars slippers. From the onset you might think that these rebel scum slippers are for young padawan’s but alas, these come in full Jedi (men’s) sizes.
But not only is it just in the popular Storm Trooper or Darth Vader variants, you can actually pick these up for a number of famous characters from the Star Wars galaxy including:
- Darth Vader
- Boba Fett
Their slip-on design will make it incredibly easy to take on and off when rolling out of your chamber in the morning.
The force will be with you in these!
From root beer to moss any every shade in between comes these highly reviewed and wildly popular moccasins by Taramac.
Featuring a leather outer shell coupled with a synthetic sole, these easy on/off moccasins will provide incredible comfort and warmth for your toes and heel.
The inner sole of these moccasins is constructed from memory foam for added comfort to your feet with prolonged use.
Speaking of prolonged use, once you put these on you will likely never want to take them off given their rubber bottoms allowing for additional wear and tear both indoors and out when doing the weekend chores.
As a dash of character, the front of the moccasin features a decorative lace that adds distinction when you read through your favorite news articles on a Sunday morning with a hot cup of joe.
Mostly known for their finely crafted dress pants and shirts comes this step-in moccasin style slipper from Dockers.
Dressed in plaid, this slipper may be one of the classiest slippers on this list.
When wearing them, not only will your feet be incredibly warm and comfortable with its synthetic lining and memory foam insole, but you will want to take a drag from your pipe and sip a greyhound or sherry cobbler drink.
It’s a classic moccasin style that has James Bond-esq style and comfort. But unlike the Aston Martin, this slipper comes at an incredibly affordable price tag when compared to others on this list.
4 Slipper Must Have’s
We wanted to share with you a few other related products that can make wearing slippers a bit more comfortable and enjoyable:
1. Slipper Deodorizers
Given that closed-toe slippers may cause your feet to sweat and eventually smell with prolonged use, deodorizers can help to stop this when used regularly. Natural solutions like the one pictured above will work to eliminate odors through the use of essential oils.
2. Cabin Socks
If you don’t like to wear your slippers barefoot or simply want a bit more warmth on the lower part of your leg, instead of using a regular pair of men’s socks, we would recommend going with cabin slippers or merino wool socks. These naturally wick moisture while keeping your feet cozy and warm.
Slippers and a robe – name a better combo. For those weekend mornings where you just want to sit around and watch your favorite political show, read the news, or to simply be a bit lazy, wearing a nice men’s robe will provide an extra layer of comfort.
4. Shoe Bag
You don’t have to leave your slippers home while traveling. Whether you plan on wearing them while flying or around your hotel room, a shoe bag for your slippers helps to prevent the outsoles from coming in contact with your clean clothes. These are a perfect and organized way to pack.
Selection Process On Finding The Best Men’s Slippers
Finding the best slippers for men in 2020 was tough. With so many options and features to consider, there was a lot to look at.
However, after considering the different types of slippers for men, the materials used in their construction, along with the price – we feel that our list is a great representation of the most popular and best brands available.