Forget what you thought you knew about slippers, they’re not just for your grandad but they are, in fact, a genuinely useful shoe for guys everywhere. Whether they’re keeping your feet warm during winter, protecting your floorboards from damage (and caressing your feet in comfort at the same time), or being something quick and easy to slip on before heading outdoors in winter, slippers are a versatile shoe.
Not all slippers are created equal, however. Not only do you have traditional slippers you’d associate with wearing in the home, but you also have moccasins to contend with. You may find retailers advertising their slippers as moccasins when in actual fact they’re not. Moccasins can be defined as being a heelless shoe made of soft leather which sees the sole being wrapped upwards and being attached to a U-shaped piece of leather that sits on top of the foot.
Some slippers may adopt a similar look, but if they’re not made of leather, they can’t be called moccasins.
You will also find some slippers with extra tough rubber soles that make them perfect for wearing outside when you just need a quick pair of shoes to take out the trash or grab something from the car. People living in areas that receive heavy snowfall will benefit most from these.
But of course, most people on the hunt for a new pair of slippers want something soft and comfortable to slip into after kicking their shoes off after a long day at work.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the very best slippers for men available right now, encompassing a variety of brands and budgets. Your feet will thank you later.
New Zealand-based Allbirds is a master of comfort. All of its shoes are made from incredibly soft wool (sustainably-sourced of course) lending the brand to be the ideal slipper producer. The Allbirds Wool Loungers can be worn inside and outside, thanks durable sole and a midsole that's made from Brazilian sugarcane that provides a good dose of bounce.
Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo has an extensive range of all the menswear essentials, from t-shirts to shorts to jeans to belts and even slippers. Uniqlo's slippers include open-toe and closed-toe varieties, both of which provide ample warmth and quality. All pairs are easy to slide into thanks to a lack of heel piece, making them perfect to keep beside your bed.
For simple, affordable basics, you can't do much better than ASOS. The British online clothing retailer has what is easily one of the largest ranges of clothing, footwear and accessories out there, so if there's something you know you want, there's a very high chance ASOS will have it.
These ASOS Design moccasin slippers have a faux-fur lining and closely mimic the traditional moccasin style. Easy to slip on and extremely comfortable, they'll serve you well during cold evenings.
Marks & Spencer
British retailer Marks & Spencer is well-associated with quality and comfort, providing clothing that is of a higher-than-you-would-expect quality from a high street department store, and for prices that are easily affordable. The company's slipper range is pretty generous, with pairs ranging in style from heeless, to boots, to leather slip ons and moccasins.
Italian brand Aurelian has created a versatile range of smart luxury loafers and moccasins for the summer adventurer with a nautical eye. Their yacht loafers are perfect for those sun-kissed days on flat seas and look great with a polo shirt and chino shorts. They also produce flawless suede driving moccasins - made for total comfort on those long, winding warm-season road trips.
In 1975 Camper set up shop on the Balearic island of Mallorca off the east coast of Spain. They have since gone on to create a range of unique collections that exude inimitable Spanish style, highlighted by their fantastic Wabi slippers. These cosy, cushioned sole slip-ons have been made for total comfort when in and around the house.
Duke & Dexter
If you’re looking for a touch of traditional on contemporary terms, check out London footwear dons Duke & Dexter. This British heritage brand is renowned for its classic, handcrafted shoes with bold and brash colourways - with their designs firmly aimed at those with an eye for standout evening dress wear. Furthermore, all of their suedes, leathers and fabrics are sustainably sourced.
US sportswear giant New Balance has always had a love for feet. Whether it be developing insoles for those with irregular feet or sneakers to help you improve your PB times, New Balance caters to all shoe lovers.
The company is even in the slipper game, with this mid-cut pair being ideal for putting on during cold evenings. Fleece lining and a water-repellent outer layer makes them suitable for snowy conditions.
American brand Sorel was originally founded in 1962 as a specialist for winter sport and work boots. It has since been taken over by Columbia and continues to serve those who have a love for the great outdoors. The brand's slippers not only keep your feet incredibly warm, but the thick rubber sole provides plenty of traction to save you from slipping on the drive way.
The North Face
Outdoor specialist The North Face is another brand that knows keen mountaineers, boardriders and hikers want something soft and supple to slip their feet into after a long, arduous day outside. Which. makes the Thermoball Eco Traction Mule V slippers the perfect pair. ThermoBall thermal insulation ensures your feet are kept as warm as possible, while a rubber sole allows for improved traction and a water-resistant outer layer means you can happily wade through snow without needing to worry about your feet getting cold or wet.
Think soft, fur-lined footwear and you'll likely think of UGG. The American brand, which also found a particularly loving home in Australia, is synonymous with comfortable footwear, so it's no surprise to learn they also make dedicated slippers.
This slip-on pair bears the iconic tan colourway with contrasting cream fur lining. Essentially an extension of socks for your feet, these UGG slippers are only suitable for wearing indoors, and with their luxuriously soft lining, you'll never want to take them off.
With a history of shoemaking spanning over 150 years, it’s safe to say that the creators at John Lobb know a thing or two about footwear. Their luxury high-end Haven Suede Slip-on is a must for the summer season. Made to fit with anything in your wardrobe from jeans and chinos to shorts and tailored trousers, they’re the perfect addition to a dapper summer wardrobe for the outdoors.
If you’re looking for a comfortable and more affordable pair of moccasins for any occasion, look no further than Minnetonka. Created in 1946 this iconic US brand shot to fame during the summer of love, becoming the hippies' footwear of choice. They now have an amazing range of slippers and moccasins designed for both home and social environments - made from soft suedes and leathers.
With an ethos based around well-being at home, many of you might not associate Tempur Pedic with footwear. However, their range of home slippers is practical, aesthetically pleasing and above all stylish. Their Men’s Fabric Clog, in particular, is wonderfully simplistic with a minimalist design - easy to slide on and off, perfectly snug and comfortable for those evenings around the house.
This Danish brand has been producing footwear made from natural Gotland Wool since 1993. What started as a family hobby has turned into one of Scandinavia's most recognised slip-ons, ideal for around the home. Their quality, clog-like designs are made to keep you warm, by those who know a thing or two about colder climates.
Never ones to hold back on innovation and style, Gucci has produced an eyecatching range of slippers made for both evening and casual dress. From their classic black leather slip ons to their eyecatching fur Princetowns, the Italian’s are leading the modern slipper revolution with unquestionable class and innovation. These are a must for men who are serious about how they look and what they wear.