The north wind made its debut this weekend here in Chicago, obliterating our streak of relatively warm and sunny November days. And along with the cold temps come the cold floors! Slipper season is officially here and Zappos carries all the foot-friendly brands and styles to give and to get. See five of the most comfortable slippers for various foot problems…and then take advantage of Zappos new rewards program: earn points towards Zappos rewards codes, free 1-day shipping and more!
Best closed-back slipper: 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 without overheating.
The best part about these Austrian-made slippers is the removable footbed with arch support. Keep it in for low to moderately high arches, remove and add your own orthotics for high arches. The 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 up from your normal European size. Available in European sizes 36-46 and in seven colors. $134 at Zappos.
Best “shoe” slipper: Haflinger Lacey. If you’re a Haflinger owner, I don’t need to sell you on their excellent support, generous toe box and overall comfort, you understand. But perhaps you’ve not seen a Haflinger so pretty before? The Lacey is the feminine version of the popular Grizzly model with its cut-out “lacey” detailing.
From personal experience as I have a similar style, the Haflinger cork and latex midsole with enhanced arch support and deep heel cup is just what my feet need to absorb the shock of my wood floors while keeping my 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 to Target!
If plush cushioning is what you’re after, you may be disappointed with the Haflinger Lacey. While the cork midsole is shock absorbing, there’s a sturdy feel to these slipper shoes. European sizes 36-42, four colors. $127 at Zappos.
Best slipper for heel pain: Spenco Supreme Slide. While either of the two slipper featured above will help alleviate heel pain, almost every other review for the Spenco Supreme slide mentions plantar fasciitis relief. The Supreme Slide features Spenco’s Anti-pronation Total Support™ technology that promotes a healthy stride, promoting stability, alignment and motion control.
The lining is faux fur which can bother some feet that overheat and sweat easily. Whole sizes 5-11. $79.99 at Zappos.
Best cushioned slipper: Acorn Spa Wrap. If you prefer a slipper that feels like a warm teddy bear hug for your feet, this is it. However, for all its pillow softness, this is no flimsy slipper. A fully contoured footbed made of molded CFC-free polyurethane offers moderate support for arches. A velcro strap allows for adjustability for a customized fit or in case feet swell while a bit of elastic gathering around the back prevents heel slippage. The upper is made of soft terry cloth. Available in sizes S-XL (5-10.5) for $45 at Zappos.
Best orthotic-friendly slipper: Keen Howser II 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 II slide is available in whole and half sizes 5-11 (even the hard-to-find 10.5) for $80 at Zappos.
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