Best House Shoes Reviewed for Comfort

We’ve all experienced it: we come home after a long day, our feet are tired, and all we want to do is get out of our work clothes and get into something more comfortable. What do we want to change into? Pajamas? Sweats? Maybe a t-shirt and our favorite pair of gym shorts? We make owning comfortable clothing a priority because we know how relieving it is to put them on after a long day. But do we show the same kind of concern for our feet? Most of us are content to walk around barefoot or in socks, but shouldn’t our feet get the same kind of special treatment the rest of our body does? After all, they’re the ones that walked us around all day, stood in that long lunch line, and kept us going during our early-morning workout. We ask a lot of our feet while we’re out of the house, so it’s only right we take care of them while we’re in the house.

Last Updated: June 16, 2018
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By Himmatpreet Kaur:

The most recent update takes a fresh look at house shoes to ensure that we are consistently bringing you the top, most current offerings. In this iteration, we have replaced a couple of the previous shoes with more current, better choices. In addition to providing a great selection of house shoes for you to choose from, there is a “Criteria” section below where we list and discuss the top features we looked for when selecting the shoes featured in this article, and we've also provided answers to some frequently-asked questions (“FAQs”) related to house shoes. We’ve included these sections to help you know what to look for in your next pair of house shoes and how to care for them, so make sure you read through those after you've read about the shoes on our list.

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RockDove Two-Tone
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TOMS House Slipper
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  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Thick rubber sole
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ChicNChick House Slipper
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  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Slip on ease
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Enter the humble house shoe. Along with comfy clothes and a soft recliner, having a good pair of shoes to wear around the house can go a long way in helping you take a load off and get some much-needed relaxation. They protect your floors by keeping out unwanted dirt and debris you would otherwise track in with the shoes you’ve worn around town all day and, unlike going barefoot or wearing only socks, they provide extra comfort and support to help soothe your feet and help you wind down.

We’ve compiled a list of the top house shoes out there, and we hope it will help you find the right shoe for you. We’ve also listed the criteria we used to determine which shoes made the cut and answers to some frequently asked questions below, so make sure to check those sections out as well. Happy hunting!

 

10 Best House Shoes

 

1. RockDove Two-Tone

1. RockDove Two-Tone
At #8 are the RockDove two-tone house slippers. They're the most popular house shoe on our list with nearly 2,500 customer reviews. The indoor/outdoor sole gives you the freedom to wear them wherever your downtime takes you. They come in a variety of color options and are built with two things in mind: the comfort and warmth of your feet.
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Support
These RockDove slippers come with memory foam insoles that support your foot by molding to its shape. The pillow-soft comfort they provide makes them a great way to take a load off.

Warmth
The plush cotton lining in these slippers not only provides much-appreciated comfort but also helps keep your feet warm around the house. These are the perfect choice for the foot-pamperer.

Cost and Value
Worried that "soft" and "supportive" translates into "super pricey"? Worry no more! These slippers are priced to sell and are well worth the benefits you'll receive from investing in a pair.
Pros
  • Slip-on style with open back
  • Memory foam insoles
  • Anti-skid rubber sole
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • Soles may scuff indoor floors
  • Rigid construction

2. TOMS House Slippers

The TOMS house slipper has the classic TOMS look but the added comfort and warmth you look for in a good house shoe. Its solid construction helps it stand up to both indoor and outdoor use, and the textured sole will keep you safe on slick surfaces.
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Durability
These slippers are made to last. While they're intended to be used primarily as indoor shoes, the thick, rubber outsole makes them suitable to be worn outside as well.

Comfort
The main thing we want in a house shoe is comfort, and the soft fleece lining and thick sole on this slipper will keep your feet both warm and cushioned.

Cost and Value
The TOMS house slippers are the most expensive shoes on our list, but with the TOMS brand comes the guarantee of a quality construction that will help your house shoes last a long time.
Pros
  • Consistent sizing
  • Thick, rubber sole
  • Raised pattern for grip
  • Fleece lining
Cons
  • Narrow design

3. ChicNChic Cotton

This entry from ChicNChic is a great slip-on house shoe that looks nice and is made from high-quality, high-comfort materials. It's been designed to give your foot plenty of cushion when you walk, and, unlike other shoes on our list, it has a cover-heel design instead of an open back, so you won't have to worry about it slipping off your foot.
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Comfortable Design
ChicNChic designed these house shoes to be the last word in comfort. The organic velvet lining and cover-heel design ensure these slippers will provide you with a plush, comfortable fit.

Anti-Skid, Anti-Scuff Soles
The soles on the cotton house shoes have been engineered to give you grip even on slick surfaces, and you won't have to worry about marking up the floor thanks to the anti-scuff rubber.

Cost and Value
These house shoes land in the low-mid price range and are a great bargain considering their impressive features. Available in pink or grey, these are a great house shoe for any budget.
Pros
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof soles
  • Flexible construction
  • Breathable design
  • Non-toxic materials
Cons
  • Durability issues

4. QXQY Knitted

4. QXQY Knitted
The QXQY knitted house slipper is a plush shoe that's great for giving your feet some relief when you're at home. Its durable construction and thick materials give great support and make it the perfect house shoe for lasting leisure. They're built for indoor or outdoor use and give you the cushion your feet want after a long day on the job.
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Versatility
These house slippers are built from durable materials, so you can wear them around the house or when you go out to grab the morning paper and you won't have to worry about them getting damaged.

Anti-Skid Sole
The soles on these slippers are not only lightweight, but they're also designed to keep you from skidding, so you won't have to worry about slipping and falling when you wear them on slick surfaces.

Cost and Value
These slippers are in the same price range as the majority of the house shoes on our list, meaning you won't have to spend an arm and a leg to do something special for your feet.
Pros
  • Durable construction
  • Double-layer design
  • High-elasticity sponge
  • High-density cotton
Cons
  • Longevity issues

5. HomeTop Fuzzy

5. HomeTop Fuzzy
This super stylish slip-on clog is the perfect house shoe to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Its durable construction will protect your feet from cold surfaces and will help it last you a long time. The tweed and suede exterior and micro-sherpa cushioned interior helped get this shoe on our list, and we hope it will make its way into your home as well.
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Warm Interior
The lining in these fuzzy house shoes is made from thick micro-sherpa, which means your feet will always feel warm and snug whether you're wearing them barefoot or with socks.

Anti-Skid Sole
These slippers come with a thick, anti-skid rubber sole that will not only keep you from slipping on any slick surfaces but will also protect your feet from objects on the floor (we're looking at you, Legos!).

Cost and Value
These shoes land in the low-end of our price range, but don't let that make you question their quality. They can keep your feet cushioned and warm for a great price.
Pros
  • Stylish tweed and suede combination
  • High-density memory foam cushioning
  • Durable rubber sole
  • 4 color options
Cons
  • Wide fit
  • Sizes run small

6. RockDove Memory Foam

6. RockDove Memory Foam
The RockDove memory foam slippers are built with comfort in mind and have a stylish, knitted design that gives you a classic house slipper look and feel. The sweater-like and fleece materials used to make this slipper will keep your feet warm, and the comfort insole will give you support and cushion that you won't find in your average house shoe.
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Memory Foam
When you're looking for a shoe with a comfortable fit, memory foam is king. The high-density foam footbed included in these slippers provides a superior level of comfort and shock-reducing cushion.

Arch Support
Because house shoes tend to be less expensive than other shoes, we often don't expect features like arch support, but RockDove designed the footbed in these shoes to provide that support and help alleviate minor foot pain.

Cost and Value
These slippers come with luxury features but don't have a luxury price tag. They fall right in the middle of our price range, making them the perfect, low-budget house shoes.
Pros
  • Fun design
  • 3 color options
  • Cushioned footbed
  • Nonslip sole
Cons
  • Not made for extended outdoor use
  • Chemical odor

7. HomeIdeas Classic

7. HomeIdeas Classic
The last entry in our list of the best house shoes is the classic house slipper from HomeIdeas. It sports a classic look and is made of materials that give it great flexibility, durability, and shape retention. It has a 4-layer cushioning system made up of memory form and high-elasticity sponge to hug your foot and give it the cushion it deserves.
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Durability
The last thing you want from your house shoe is for it to fall apart after a few uses. The combination of spandex and cotton materials, along with the side-seam sewing, help this shoe last.

Cushion
The filling in this shoe is made up of a combination of high-elasticity sponge and 5mm memory form that will provide you with the all-around cushion and comfort you need.

Cost and Value
This final shoe is a fantastic bargain. It's priced slightly lower than the majority of shoes on our list, but it offers all the qualities you want in a comfortable, functional house shoe.
Pros
  • Cotton and spandex construction
  • Side-seam sewing
  • 4-layer cushioning system
  • Anti-slip rubber outsole
Cons
  • Slick insole
  • Memory foam may flatten after extended use

8. UltraIdeas Comfort Polar Fleece

8. UltraIdeas Comfort Polar Fleece
What can be more comfortable for your feet on cold winter mornings that a pair of loafers made of polar fleece? These are so thick, users recommend ordering one size up to be sure your feet fit all nice and cozy inside. These are warm and slip-resistant, perfect for walking across that cold tile floor to grab your coffee and then back to hibernating with your book.
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Thick, soft cushioning
The polar fleece in the upper of this house shoe and three nice layers of memory foam inside mean your feet will be warm and comfortable. So comfortable, you may be tempted to never take these house shoes off. You’ve heard that slippers at the office are great for your feet, right?

Anti-skid sole
The rubber sole on this house shoe is both durable and pliable and feature a slip-resistant texture on the outsole. Great for running outside to grab that newspaper before settling in for a winter’s morning of reading the newspaper over coffee or tea.

Cost and Value
These house shoes are priced in the low end of the range but they feel as comfortable as much more expensive shoes. Add slip resistance and three layers of memory foam inside and you have a real value.
Pros
  • Polar fleece
  • Machine washable
  • Durable sole
  • Anti-slip texture
  • Three layers of memory foam
Cons
  • Upper is less durable

9. UltraIdeas Comfort

9. UltraIdeas Comfort
These house shoes aren't called "comfort slippers" for no reason. From the super-soft, wool-like fleece interior lining to the high-density memory foam insoles, these shoes have been designed to provide soothing comfort to your tired feet. They're suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and their simple design and look make them a great match for whatever you're wearing the next time you're lounging.
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Durable
The microfiber exterior and lightweight, anti-skid rubber soles make these house shoes incredibly durable. They'll provide you with lasting leisure, even if you need to wear them outside from time-to-time.

Padded Memory Foam Insole
This can't be overstated-memory foam is the way to go if you care about comfort. The high-density memory foam insoles in these house shoes mold to your feet to provide you with a custom fit.

Cost and Value
You might expect to pay a lot for fleece-lined slippers with memory foam insoles, but these house shoes are priced in the same range as the majority of the shoes on our list. It's luxury for less!
Pros
  • Plush fleece lining
  • Anti-skid sole
  • Machine washable
  • Seam-crafted soles
  • Money-back guarantee
Cons
  • Insole flattens over time

10. MiYang Vintage Arctic

10. MiYang Vintage Arctic
A beautifully soft and comfortable pair of slip-on house shoes that have a vintage feel. These are very warm slippers that will pamper your feet in softness and comfort. The midsole is soft and the outsole is made of rubber for traction. Available in four different color choices, these warm and cozy house shoes will make your tired, worked-all-day feet feel relaxed. They’re like a long sigh for your feet.
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Size corrected
MiYang previously had issues with their shoes sizing large so they have listened and corrected the issue. The shoe you receive should fit true to size and leave you enough room for a pair of socks.

Machine washable
The cotton upper in the house shoe can be washed by hand but it is also machine washable for convenience. Don’t use bleach or throw them in the dryer though. Just dry flat away from heat (which may shrink the upper). Heat will also damage your rubber soles which are meant to provide good traction on wood and tile floors.

Cost and Value
These shoes are priced in the mid-range for shoes on the list. They still represent a good value for their comfort and performance, however. Add in the fact that you can machine wash them and have a fresh, clean shoe, and you have your money’s worth.
Pros
  • Soft midsole
  • Cotton upper
  • Machine washable
  • Size corrected
  • Good traction
Cons
  • No arch support

There you have it: our list of the top house shoes on the market. Hopefully, you were able to see what the benefits are of owning a good pair of house shoes. While they may not fall in the “essentials” category, house shoes are more than just a luxury. As we said at the outset, our feet take a beating during the day, and a quality pair of house shoes can soothe your feet and help you avoid unnecessary foot pain or fatigue. House shoes aren’t generally very expensive compared to other types of shoes we may own, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for the cheapest pair out there. The shoes we selected for our list are meant to provide more than a way of extending the life of your socks; they’ve all been designed to give relief to your foot and provide additional support, warmth, and comfort that you won’t get if you opt for socks alone. So, give one of the pairs of shoes in our list a try. It might be just what you need to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Criteria for Evaluating the Best House Shoes

Comfort

At the top of our criteria list is comfort. Above all else, your house shoes need to be comfortable. The purpose of owning house shoes is to give your feet relief and soothe them when they’re fatigued, so the last thing you want to do to them at the end of a long day is put them in a pair of rigid or uncomfortable shoes. Thankfully, most house shoes are designed to be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean they always provide the comfort they promise. Look for shoes that are made from soft materials like fleece or cotton and that have ample cushion in the insole. Memory foam is your best bet for a comfortable fit, but other high-density materials like a sponge will also provide cushion. Many manufacturers list the thickness of the insole, and a thicker insole generally means more cushion (although you don’t want to have an insole so thick it compromises your stability). Make sure your house shoe has a sufficient outsole as well. Don’t settle for a sole like the one you’ll find on a pair of throwaway slippers from the spa; you’ll want to look for a shoe with a sturdy rubber sole. There are times when we may need to sacrifice comfort for function, but buying a pair of house shoes isn’t one of them. Find a pair that will reward your feet and your feet will thank you.

Support

Second, you’ll want to look for a pair of shoes that will provide good support. We may not always think of support-level when buying house shoes, but just like with any other shoe, if you’re going to be spending an extended amount of time in them, you’ll want to find a pair that will support your feet. Again, memory foam is the way to go here. Several of the shoes on our list sport high-density memory foam insoles that will not only cushion your feet but will also mold to your feet and help give you a comfort fit. Having an insole that’s molded to your foot shape will give you a much higher level of support and will help you avoid things like foot and back pain. You may only wear your house shoes an hour or two a day, but you still want to take care of your feet as best you can and take every precaution against wearing your feet out further than they already are. Because of the nature and uses of house shoes, the majority will not be constructed with the same level of support you would expect from, say, a running shoe or a weightlifting shoe, but you definitely shouldn’t settle for a shoe with no support. Find a pair (like the ones in our list) that will help soothe your feet and give them the support and comfort they need to be rested for the next day.

Traction

You’ll also want to look for a house shoe with a sole that will provide you with good traction. Walking around indoors means having to traverse slippery surfaces like tile and wood, and if your house shoe doesn’t provide sufficient grip, then you could slip and fall and end up in a lot of pain, the exact opposite of what you want during your downtime. Look for shoes with a sufficient rubber sole, preferably one that has some sort of raised pattern or tread on it. Most house shoes won’t have huge treads because they’re not designed to perform like shoes meant for hiking or walking on ice, but you should avoid shoes with slick or completely flat bottoms. You may also want to decide between an open back and a back that covers your heel. The open back will increase the breathability of the shoe and will also make them easier to put on, but your foot is more likely to slip out of them as well, which could increase your likelihood of tripping or falling. Obviously, we aren’t going to be doing a lot of physically-demanding activity in house shoes; we usually wear them when we’re resting, and we know they’re not made for that purpose. But you may want to consider a house shoe that completely encloses your foot over an open-back shoe if you’re concerned about them coming off.

Durability

Finally, you’ll want to invest in a house shoe that will last. Admittedly, the majority of the shoes on our list aren’t very expensive and wouldn’t be hard to replace if we had to, but thankfully they’ve been designed to hold up to extended wear. Look for shoes that are made from durable materials like nylon, microfiber, elastic, and rubber. Several of the shoes we listed have side-seam sewing to connect the sole to the rest of the shoe, a process that is meant to extend the life of the shoe and keep it from coming apart at the seams. You’ll want to look for shoes that have rubber soles that won’t wear out. You don’t need a thick hiking boot sole, but you also don’t want a sole that is so thin you wear through it walking on carpet. The indoor/outdoor shoes in our list are designed to handle moderate outdoor wear, and the rest are perfectly suitable for walking down the driveway to get the mail in the morning. Your next pair of house shoes probably won’t last forever, but you should look for a pair that is durable and that won’t fall apart from regular indoor use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do I need house shoes? What’s wrong with just wearing socks around the house?
A. You can just wear socks around the house; you can go barefoot if you want. But a good pair of house shoes will offer benefits to your feet that you won’t get if you walk around without them. We’ve outlined some of these advantages above, but the main perks of good house shoes are that they will protect your feet, support your feet, and keep your feet warm. They’re also a great alternative to wearing your shoes from outside. You can leave all the dirt and germs at the door and put on your clean house shoes when you get home, and your house will be better for it. Like we said above, house shoes are not an essential part of your wardrobe, but they do offer various benefits to your feet and your home, and considering how inexpensive they generally are, we suggest investing in a pair and seeing if they live up to the hype.

Q. Some workplaces allow house shoes and slippers at work and some schools now allow them.  What are the benefits?
A. Studies have shown that children who wear slippers to school read more and study more effectively, so they end up learning more.  At work, studies have shown that wearing slippers can reduce stress and increase productivity.

Q: Should I wear the hotel slippers?
A:  I bring my own slippers when traveling but yes, if you don’t have anything else, you should wear house shoes or slippers in a hotel room.  The floors are only occasionally thoroughly steam cleaned.  Also, just like your home, the outdoor shoes that are often worn on carpet can bring in nasty bacteria and researchers say changing out of your outdoor shoes is a good hygiene practice.

Q. How important is fit when buying a pair of house shoes?
A. We didn’t discuss fit much in our criteria section, but, as with any other shoe, you will want a house shoe that is snug on your foot. Having too much play in your shoe will make it more likely to come off, and your shoe coming off increases the likelihood that you’ll get tripped up. We might think looser shoes would be the more comfortable way to go, but there’s no sense in purchasing a shoe that doesn’t properly fit your foot. You’ll want to keep in mind that many house shoes, such as clog style slippers, are meant to come off and be put on easily. If you’re looking for a really secure fit, then a closed-back shoe may be the way to go. But regardless of the style of shoe, it should fit comfortably on your fit and feel secure when you walk around in it. Several shoes on our list include form-fitting materials like memory foam that will help provide a more secure fit. Thicker linings, such as a foam or fleece lining, will hug your foot and make your shoe feel more secure. You don’t want your shoe to be too tight—remember, we are aiming for comfort here—but a loose shoe is not ideal either, so make sure you find one that fits right. And if you’re buying online, remember to check the sizing chart or guidelines provided by the manufacturer in order to avoid having to exchange your shoes for a different size.

Q. How do I clean my house shoes and how often should I do it?

A. Always follow the instructions on the label for cleaning your house shoes. That’s the best starting point. But if you lack those instructions for some reason, the good news is that the majority of the house shoes on our list are machine washable, so you can just throw them in with your next load of laundry and they’ll come out ready for another round of relaxation. Just make sure the water is warm, not hot, and that you have them set on a gentle cycle so they don’t get out of shape. If you want to dry them in the dryer, make sure you use a low setting. Or, to be safe, you can let them air dry. If you’re afraid of what the washing machine might do to your house shoes, you can always hand wash them. Just fill your sink with warm, soapy water (you can use laundry detergent in place of soap if you prefer—read the detergent label for the correct amount to use) and use your fingers or a cloth to gently agitate and scrub your slippers. Then let them soak for 10 minutes or so. After they’ve soaked, drain the sink and rinse the slippers off with warm water, squeezing as much water out as you can when you’re done. If you want, you can refill your sink with clean water and let them soak again. After you’ve squeezed out all the excess water, either by hand or with a towel, you can let them air dry or dry them in the dryer on a low setting.

NOTE: Only use one of these cleaning methods if your shoes are made from a washable material like cotton or nylon! Other materials, like suede or leather, will need to be wiped off, not washed off, so make sure you’re only using the above methods if your shoes can be submerged in water.


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