Could this be the year of the slipper? They’ve been our footwear of choice in isolation, even before the chill of winter arrived. Here’s a selection of the 10 comfiest slippers to source online from local retailers.
Northern European slippers are wonderfully warm, designed for snow-day lockdowns. Local shoe king Peter Sheppard has an awesome range from the likes of Haflinger, Hartjes and Shepherd of Sweden. But we can’t go past EMU’s fluffy Mayberry slides. Pair them with some quirky patterned socks for an OTT at-home winter look. That’ll give you something other than Netflix to look at while you’re lounging on the couch. Find the full range online.
Think of Uggs, and those iconic sheepskin boots instantly spring to mind. But there are oodles of other slipper styles to choose from at the Ugg Emporium store. The totally furry Oh Yeah Slide has a sheepskin upper, lining, midsole and insole. Plus a stabilising elastic strap to hug your ankles. They’re available in coral pink or margarita yellow. Whether you pair them with a dressing gown, a dress or a pair of jeans, you’ll look like the cat’s pyjamas.
Launched by podiatrist Anna Baird (pun alert!), Bared Footwear blends style with comfort. This local hero gives back to the planet, supporting non-profits and encouraging recycling. The classic home boot is built to last a million Melbourne winters to come, and it’s made right here in Australia. And of course, these slippers feature Bared’s signature removable biomechanical footbed. Translation: comfy plus. They come in chestnut or khaki suede for maximum luxe comfort.
Peter Alexander has the sleep and leisure world sewn up. There’s everything from bed socks and pyjamas to loungewear. Snuggle into a pair of Peter’s Homeboots, with sheepskin wool lining. There’s no need to worry if it’s raining outside. If you can bear to leave your recliner rocker to walk to the letterbox, the rubber soles will keep your feet dry.
It’s hard to say no to a classic pair of sheepskin-lined moccasins. Grab some Ugg mocs from Jumbo Ugg. While the Queen Victoria Market stall is currently closed, the online shop is trading as normal. The navy, purple and pink are perennial favourites. Ugg mocs are generously fluffy, with contrasting white stitching and a robust rubber sole.
Go online to launch a slipper search at Myer. There are heaps of styles to scroll through. Now let me see, which will it be? Grosby, of course. It’s been the Aussie slipper brand of choice for more than 80 years. Go for a pair of Invisible Neptunes slipper scuffs, trimmed and lined with faux fur. Their invisible arch support and flexible sole will keep your feet in tip-top shape.
To cut down on housework, get hip to the Japanese habit of leaving your outside shoes at the door. Then slide into a pair of room shoes (aka slippers) from Uniqlo. They come in wine, apricot and nautical stripes. For a hint of elegance they’re slimmed-down, rather than chunky. The double-layered insoles are moulded to the soles of your feet. Plus they’re breathable, cushioned and hand-washable.
To swan around the house in lockdown, slip on a pair of Pitsky open-toe scuffs from David Jones. A cloud of black faux fur tops a super-plush leopard-print footbed. A match for your animal-print jammies or cocktail-hour lounging pants, they’ll get you through the day in style.
Corduroy slip-ons are the must-have choice from TOMS Australia. They’re lined in faux shearling, with a removable insole, and come in pink or grey. TOMS supports communities in need around the world. With every TOMS purchase, you stand with the firm on issues that matter.
Those of us with fallen arches go for wider designs with arch support. Local brand Homyped has been around since 1969 and specialises in orthopaedic comfort. What could be more snuggly than a soft-pink faux fur slide-on slipper-sandal? Otherwise known as the Fluffy Snug. They come with upper padding for softness and a shock-absorbing foam footbed. Plus adjustable fastening for an optimal fit. Check out Homyped’s clearance outlet at 145 Boundary Road in North Melbourne.