Best Toddler Slippers Reviewed & Rated

The majority of people are born with perfect feet, yet finding the perfect toddler slippers is not so easy as what nature brings to the table.  By the time we reach the age of 65, estimates project that we have walked over 100,000 miles.  That is a lot of strolling and hiking and rambling and wandering.  Acknowledging this information demands that we take good care of our feet and avoid choosing poorly fitting footwear. Issues may start to develop when our wobbly, bowlegged, cruising toddler begins those initial journeys into the world propelled by his own two feet. Choosing the correct footwear can reduce or even eliminate the possibility of developing these problems.

Last Updated: February 20, 2018
By Jami Sliger:

The recent update has added 5 new toddler slippers to help new walkers, as well as more experienced cruisers, footwear that will stay on, support natural foot growth, and keep those cold toes warm. The Mocc Ons Moccasins for example, offer a tall, soft upper, with a leather bottom. Giving your toddler a warm slipper that is difficult to pull off and will keep their feet under them with the natural grip and traction of leather. We have also offered options to fit in any budget. The Hudson Fleece Booties are extremely affordable and offer all the qualities you are looking for in toddler slippers. We have added a section for the criteria used to evaluate the best toddler slipper. We want to make sure you know why we chose these as the best of the best. Keeping your busy kid safe, comfortable, and warm is our top priority. With parenting comes questions. We have also included a frequently asked questions sections, which will hopefully put an end to some of the nagging questions parents face about the slippers their toddler should be wearing. Make sure to check back with us and we will continue to keep you up to date on the best toddler slippers.

Featured Recommendations

Stride Rite My Little Pony
  • Stride Rite My Little Pony
  • 4.8 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Slip-resistant outsole
  • Elasticized ankle
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Minnetonka Cassie
  • Minnetonka Cassie
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • 100% Cow Suede
  • Indoor/Outdoor
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ACORN Easy Critter Bootie
  • ACORN Easy Critter Bootie
  • 4.4 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Heel-to-toe comfort
  • Hidden elastic
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We often forget about slippers as being important footwear so learning about the best toddler slipper choices can help to make the best decisions when looking to buy these items. The best slippers for toddlers are all about fit, form, and function, not fashion. But if our little fashionistas refuse to put or keep them on, our efforts will not work. Luckily, today’s choices for toddler slippers can meet all these requirements.

 

 

15 Best Toddler Slippers

 

 

1. Stride Rite My Little Pony

Stride Rite strives to create a fun and aesthetically pleasing design in the creation of their products. Your toddler will fall in love with these and never want to take them off. A slip resistant outsole, elasticized ankle and quality construction, makes the My Little Pony Slipper Moccasin our top choice. Stride Rite likes to say " we've learned a few things about our craft" during our almost one hundred years of being in business. Adding the matching​ Stride Rite Kids' My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magic Sneaker and the Stride Rite Kids' My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Wonderbolt Fashion Boot to your toddler's collection will ensure they love their footwear
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Fit and Form
Consumers reported that the slipper was true to fit over 90% of the time. The other 10% indicated the slipper was a half size bigger. The Stride Rite My Little Pony Slipper Moccasin are lightweight and the fabric sole is flexible.

Function and Style
Made with a slip resistant outsole to prevent missteps and falls meets our functional requirements. The slippers maintain their fit and form after several washings. Stride Rite My Little Pony Slipper Moccasins are available in two colors - Pinkie Pie (Pink) or Twilight Sparkle (Purple).

Cost And Value
The price of Stride Rite My Little Pony Slipper Moccasins sits in the midrange of our 10 best recommendations. Having checked off all the concerns in buying slippers for our toddlers, these have been rated as a top value.
Pros
  • Maintains its fit and quality over time
  • Slip resistant on wood or tile floors
  • Adorable design toddlers love
Cons
  • Only 2 color choices

2. Minnetonka Cassie

Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Moss are among the many celebrities that can be spotted wearing MinneTonka moccasins. Using quality moose hide or deerskin leather, artisans hand craft each pair to the highest standards. Your budding star will love a pair of Minnetonka Cassie Slippers. They come in a variety of colors and there is a matching adult Minnetonka Cally Faux Fur Slipper. Over time, the Minnetonka Cassie slipper will stretch and conform to the toddlers foot and wear pattern ensuring a good fit. They even come with a one year replacement policy.
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Fit and Form
The Minnetonka Cassie slipper molds to the wearers foot ensuring a snug fit but never uncomfortable. The heal is firm but will soften over time. They are lightweight, designed in the true and time tested moccasin shape.

Function and Style
This classically designed moccasin slipper will always stay in style. The Minnetonka Cassie slipper comes in a variety of colors and some interesting patterns. The faux fur interior keeps the toddler's feet warm but not hot and whisks away any sweat. The rubber outsole maintains it flexibility and grip.

Cost And Value
The cost for this item ranges at the high end of the mid range priced toddlers slippers. The durability and one year warranty make them a very good value. Many consumers make Minnetonka slippers a tradition and own at least one pair throughout their life times.
Pros
  • fits snug but not tight
  • easy to slip on and off
  • can be worn outside for short periods of time
  • quality hand crafted construction
  • durable
Cons
  • laces can become untied (a little super glue or shrinking them with hot water generally solves the problem)

3. ACORN Easy Critter Bootie

Acorn takes great pride in their commitment to the earth. They strive to use materials in their hand crafted products that are earth friendly and have natural fibers. These materials are sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. But enough about that. These have to be the cutest and most adorable slippers you have ever seen! There are not very many toddlers that would not love a pair of ACORN Easy Critter Bootie Slippers. And to top it off, they are very well crafted and meet our criteria to gain a top spot on our list of the 10 Best Toddler Slippers.
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Fit and Form
The number one words that buyers used to describe these slippers in their reviews was soft and warm. The next words used were comfortable and cute. The hidden elastic around the ankle fits well and not tightly. The heel to toe comfort cushion insole envelopes the toddlers feet without being tight.

Function and Style
The non-slip tread insole provides adequate resistance and grips to surfaces. But in the toddlers eyes, The ACORN Easy Critter Bootie Slipper is all about the cuteness factor. Making a choice between lambs, kitties, doggies, monsters, frogs, piggies, baby bunnies, ladybugs and monster will be fun. Your toddler will adore them, they may even want to take them to bed.

Cost And Value
The ACORN Easy Critter Slipper Bootie is priced on the higher end of our mid range priced choices. They are durable, washable and fit very well. If you are looking for that slipper your toddler will not want to take off, Easy Critters slippers is the right choice; making them a great value choice.
Pros
  • Many adorable character to choose from
  • Warm and soft
  • Comfortable and cute
  • Washable
  • Secure fit
  • Hand crafted and well made
Cons
  • Some parents have indicated the outsole grip could be better

4. CHOOZE Slumber

4. CHOOZE Slumber
The company CHOOZE was founded with a purpose to “empower kids with creativity, confidence, and their power to have a positive impact on the world”. After purchasing a product from this company, you can “pick your cause” from a list of the charities that are of interest to children. A percentage of the profit will be donated to that cause. CHOOZE is a kids lifestyle brand and have clothing and accessories that appeal to small guys and girls. You can choose the Small Choozepack Backpack Enchant as a bundle for your toddler.
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Fit and Form
The slipper fits on the small size and it is suggested you get one size larger than your toddlers’ current size. The design is a straight slipper with no curves allowing good motion for the toes. There is a soft but sturdy support for the heel.

Function and Style
Each pair of slippers comes with distinct patterns that don’t match (but they do) for each foot. They are warm and soft. The soles have good flexibility and the grip of the non-slip sole is adequate. The toddlers heel may pop out until they get used to wearing them.

Cost And Value
The CHOOZE Slumber Slipper is priced slightly lower than most slippers on our list. It is a well made slipper and with part of the profit donated to charity we have included it on our best choice toddler slipper list.
Pros
  • Super soft brushed fabric
  • Warm cozy faux fur lining
  • 100% vegan materials
  • Co-ordinated mismatched patterns to help the toddler learn left and right
  • Harder non-slip sole
Cons
  • Toddlers’ heel may slip out

5. ACORN Kadabra II

5. ACORN Kadabra II
This is the second slipper made by ACORN on our list. If you are looking for a slipper that will remain on your toddlers’ feet the ACORN Kadabra II Slipper is the best choice, they just do not fall off. These are great for colder weather climates; they keep your toddlers’ feet warm and the fleece lining whisks away any moisture. And did I mention, they do not fall off.
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Fit and Form
The ACORN Kadabra II Slipper does well in all our functional criteria standards. The elastic collar neck keeps the bootie on (did I say that previously?). There is plenty of wiggle room for movement but the fit is still snug.

Function and Style
The ACORN Kadabra II Slipper does well in all our functional criteria standards. The elastic collar neck makes the job of putting on and taking off the slippers very easy. The fabrics are stain resistant and made from a vegan suede. The suede sole offers good traction for wobbly toddlers and marathon runners alike. The patterns are trendy.

Cost And Value
These slippers are trendy, well made, washable, slip resistant and don’t fall off. The price is at the high end of our mid range price list of toddlers slippers. But they don’t fall off and if that is what you are looking for, the ACORN Kadabra II Slipper is the best value.
Pros
  • They don’t fall off
  • Soft and warm
  • Cushion footbed
  • Washable
  • Easy off and on
Cons
  • Pricey

6. UGG Bixbee Boot

6. UGG Bixbee Boot
Ugg was founded by an Australian surfer living near the shores of southern California in 1978. This company is committed to support philanthropic endeavors wherever they are needed. UGG is a leader, operating their business ethically, only using sheepskin that is a byproduct of the meat industry. And UGG is one of “Oprah’s favorite things”. The UGG Bixby Boot is a top quality product for those consumers who want the best and are willing to pay for it.
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Fit and Form
This slipper is soft and flexible. The overall fit is excellent - there is enough room for foot and toe motion. The hook and loop closure makes it easy to dress your toddler. The outsole is made with a flexible silicon tread.

Function and Style
With a brand named UGG, you can expect up-to-date styles - that is what you get with the Bixby Boot. The hook and loop closure keeps the ankle supported while keeping the fit snug.

Cost And Value
The UGG Bixby Boot is definitely on the expensive side. These well crafted slippers will be the envy of all your friends. If you want the best, you will pay for it, but the value outweighs the expense.
Pros
  • Stay on feet
  • Soft and cozy
  • Keep feet warm without sweating
  • Bottom “grippers” help prevents slips and slides
  • Washable
  • Quality materials and craftsmanship
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Stains easily

7. ACORN Moc

7. ACORN Moc
The Moc Slipper manufactured by ACORN is the third on our list of the 10 Best Toddler Slippers for this company. There are times when you need a slipper to double as a shoe. The ACORN Moc Slipper is made with a durable and weatherproof sole, making it a good choice for indoor as well as outdoor use.
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Fit and Form
The slippers fit well, except for those toddlers who have a chubby foot. Ordering a size up will fix the issue because they run a little narrow. They will eventually stretch to fit snuggly but are best for toddlers with narrow feet. The non-slip sole is not as flexible as other slippers listed here, but with outdoor use, you would require a stiffer sole.

Function and Style
The Moc Slipper by ACORN is the sturdiest made slipper on our list. The durable rubber sole has a good grip for traction yet comes with a little flex. They are very warm and are great on your hardwood floors or tiles during the winter. The slipper comes in some interesting colors and there I am sure there will be one to make your toddler happy.

Cost And Value
The ACORN Moc Slipper has different price points depending on the age and size of the toddler. In general, they are moderately priced. They come in some interesting colors and I am sure there will be one to make your toddler happy. It is a great value if you are looking for a slipper than can be used as a shoe.
Pros
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Super warm
  • Fully lined with micro fleece that whisks away moisture
  • Skid resistant outsoles
  • Very soft and comfy
Cons
  • Better fit for toddlers with narrow feet

8. Minnetonka Charley Bootie

8. Minnetonka Charley Bootie
Minnetonka has 2 slippers on our 10 Best Toddler Slipper List. The Charley Bootie is a great choice and could rank near the top of our picks but with a higher price point, it comes in as number 8. And with a Minnetonka toddler slipper there is usually an adult slipper to match: in this case it is the Minnetonka Chrissy Bootie Slipper. The Minnetonka Charley Bootie has all the same great qualities as our number two pick, the Minnetonka Cassie Slipper, except that they fit higher up on the ankle. Many toddlers outgrow them before they show any wear. If you are looking for a bootie type slipper, this one is very good choice.
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Fit and Form
The Minnetonka Charley Bootie is made from 100% cow suede. They fit true to size or smaller and they will mold to the shape of the wearers’ foot. The tie easily adjusts for a firm grip to stop the slipper from flopping free.

Function and Style
The rubber outsole is flexible and has a good grip to help your toddler stand with confidence. The faux fur lining keeps feet warm and cozy and whisks away moisture. The moccasin has been designed to have an ankle height and is a good choice for parents looking for that type of slipper.

Cost And Value
The cost is slightly on the higher side, but is good value for the money due to the materials and craftsmanship that Minnetonka uses to make their products. The Minnetonka comes in Cinnamon color or hot pink. Your toddler can have shoes just like “mommy and daddy”.
Pros
  • quality hand crafted construction
  • Your toddler will likely outgrow them before wear is visible
  • Snug fit that will mold to the toddlers’ foot
  • Stays on and easy to take off
  • can be used outside
Cons
  • laces can become untied

9. ACORN Easy Bootie

9. ACORN Easy Bootie
This is the fourth Acorn product on the 10 Best Toddler Slipper list. This company believes it is “all about the details”. “Outstanding quality and premium comfort” has always been ACORNs’ goal. And with 4 outstanding slippers made with care and great designs, it is no wonder this company has so many of its products on our list. The Acorn Easy Bootie slipper has been endorsed by researchers associated with Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. If they tell you this is a good slipper, I tend to believe them.
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Fit and Form
Simple to put on and keep on, the ACORN Easy Bootie Slipper is a must have for those toddlers who need a snug, cozy and warm bootie type slipper. The faux suede sole is flexible giving your toddler the tactile feel that helps them adjust from crawling to standing.

Function and Style
The ACORN Easy Bootie Slipper comes in a large amount of choices including Brown Bear, Turquoise Leopard, Leaping Lizards and CHocolate Dots just to name a few. There is plenty of room in these slippers and the elastic ankle band keeps them in place.

Cost And Value
Moderately priced, the Acorn Easy Bootie Slipper is an exceptional value for the money. And the choice of styles means you will find one your toddler will like and stop the barefoot insanity that toddlers tend to display.
Pros
  • Many choices of colors and designs
  • Washable
  • Easy on and off
  • Keep feet warm on cold floors
  • Adequate sole gripping ability
Cons
  • Faux fur may be a little too furry for some toddlers

10. Kamik Cozycabin2

10. Kamik Cozycabin2
Kamik was established in 1898. Today they sell their footwear items internationally. This family owned and operated company believes in manufacturing locally. “It’s our commitment to quality footwear that protects playful feet and our natural playground for generations to come.” With the purchase of the Kamik Cozycabin2 Slipper, the toddler can join the Kamics’ Kid Klub. Once signed up through the internet using a code that is inside the box, a care package of products and instructions is dispatched. Kamik finds that this reward gives a toddler incentive to take care and enjoy his slippers.
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Fit and Form
The Kamik Cozycabin2 Slipper was rated the highest in customer review in the “fit as expected” category in relationship to all the other slippers on the 10 Best Toddler Slipper list. The hard and rugged rubber sole is great for indoor and outdoor toddler time.

Function and Style
The hard and rugged rubber sole makes the Kamik Cozycabin2 Slipper versatile for indoor and outdoor use. They are classically styled and not the cutest slipper on our list but they do the job they were intended for. There is not much choice in color selection; navy or brown.

Cost And Value
The Kamik Cozycabin2 Slipper is moderately priced and with the added features of durability and indoor/outdoor use may be a wise purchase. If you are looking for a simply designed slipper that is well made and should last, this would be the slipper for your toddler.
Pros
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Long lasting and rugged
  • Good chance they will fit as expected
  • Warm
  • Classic slipper style
Cons
  • Only available in brown or navy
  • Toddler may not fall in love with the style

11. BirdRock Moccasins

11. BirdRock Moccasins
Two families caught in a normal 9 to 5 life, brought life to something they had envisioned for years. A brand that they live for and in, promises to give us high quality, toddler friendly items. They offer a variety of ways to contact them, including, text, and email which is a type of customer service we don’t get to see everyday. BirdRock Moccasins have qualified as some of the best toddler slippers because of their design, which ensures room for growing feet, and they are made of 100% genuine leather. They not only feel great they are also flexible allowing excellent development of the foot.
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Every Pair Sold Feeds a Child for a Day
Giving back is not in everyone’s budget and when children are involved there is always a need for a new pair of slippers. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Buy from a company that will not only feel like family but will also give back to an amazing cause. With the help of Feed My Starving Children, for every pair of BirdRock Moccasins that are sold, a child is provided meals for a day. Giving back is important to everyone and this genuinely good cause is offered by a brand that gives quality well priced toddler slippers among many other awesome products.

Securing Elastic Band
Children move and groove all the time. If you are constantly chasing the kiddo, to slide a slipper back on, stop. With an elastic band securing this adorable moccasin, you will find them easy to put on and be impressed by how well they stay on. It is important to note, it also helps keep your toddler safe, a slipper that slides partially off is a serious trip hazard. Save yourself time and save possible falls with BirdRock Moccasins.

Cost and Value
Made by a brand that knows $60 for toddler slippers is unreasonable for most families and have given us a top quality product that won’t break the bank. Affordable and adorable, these moccasins will promote strong feet, provide excellent comfort, and keep mom and dad’s budget happy. These are truly loved by children and families alike, give them a try and you will see why.
Pros
  • Guaranteed for Life
  • Durable Through Life's Adventures
  • Variety of Stylish Looks
  • Leather Sole Provides Good Traction
  • Soft Flexible Material
Cons
  • Elastic May Be Tight

12. Mocc Ons Moccasins

12. Mocc Ons Moccasins
Cozy and comfortable, Mocc Ons Moccasin Style Slipper Socks look great and feel great too! Leather bottoms naturally improve traction and keep wobbly walkers on their feet longer. The cotton blend upper is extremely comfortable and easily washable. Keep your toddler’s feet warm and comfortable in Mocc Ons Moccasin Style Slipper Socks.
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Washable
When kids are involved, naturally, there will be messes. There is nothing worse than a spill on new slippers, just to find out they cannot be washed. Items for your toddler are expensive and the inability to wash them easily, is like throwing your hard earned money in the garbage. Mocc Ons makes it easy and saves time and money with these toddler slippers that you can easily throw in with like colors. Keeping your toddler looking great and saving you time and money, you are sure to be happy with Mocc Ons Moccasin Style Slipper Socks.

Non-Slip Leather Sole
Many different surfaces can be found in any given home. From wood to carpet, each surface has the potential for falls, especially without something to support traction. Leather naturally gives good traction enabling even the most wobbly toddlers to keep their footing. While falls are inevitable, help your child stay up longer and for farther distances with a genuine leather soled toddler slipper.

Cost and Value
Mocc Ons are not only easy to wash but they are also easy on your budget. Growing feet can be a real problem for your bank account. Know that with these toddler slippers you will get high-quality, slip resistant, warm, comfortable slippers and you won’t have to make any adjustments for them.
Pros
  • Great for Beginning Walkers
  • Good for Children Who Don't Like Socks and Shoes
  • Keep Feet Super Warm Even on Hardwood Floors
  • Hold Up Through Many Washes
Cons
  • May Be Tight Aroun Calves

13. Luvable Friends Fleece Booties

13. Luvable Friends Fleece Booties
Luvable Friends is a brand we can trust in baby and toddler basics. These cute and versatile toddler slippers are warm and will stay where you put them, with a secure Velcro closure. A variety of colors and non skid sole will make every outfit look great and keep your new walker securely on their feet. The Luvable Friends Cozy Fleece Booties with Non Skid Bottom are sure to be a great addition to your child’s slipper collection.
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100% Polyester Fleece
Warm, soft, comfortable, and washable, it must be too good to be true. We promise it isn’t, life is messy and we need to make sure we are spending our money wisely. Luvable Friends understands what moms need. Throw these in the wash and have these ultra soft toddler slippers warming your child's feet up in no time. Most adults have a favorite fleece piece and that’s because it warms us up so quickly, offer your child the same for their cold little toes.

Non-Skid Bottom
Whether new to walking or a few miles under the belt, traction is important. The individual non skid circles on the bottom of these toddler slippers, will make every step a sure step. Falling is part of growing up, but sometimes a fall can be really dangerous, especially around sharp corners or on hard flooring surfaces. Promoting good traction and the ability for your child to stay up and moving, the Luvable Friends Cozy Fleece Booties with Non Skid Bottom, is a win with moms and kids alike.

Cost and Value
When we think about the basics, sometimes we get a price tag that is anything but basic. Luvable Friends is extremely affordable and practical. The warm fleece material combined with non-skid bottom is everything you have been looking for in a pair of toddler slippers. Add to it a cost that is minimal and what you have is a win for everyone involved. Knowing how quickly children’s feet grow, this amazing price will have you coming back for larger pairs.
Pros
  • Superior Price
  • Velcro Closure Makes Them Difficult for Child to Remove
  • Bottom Grips That Really Work
  • Wash Well
Cons
  • Sizing Problems

14. Hudson Fleece Booties

14. Hudson Fleece Booties
Made with 100% fleece polyester the Hudson Cozy Fleece Booties with Non Skid Bottom, live up to their name. Warm and soft these flexible toddler slippers will give feet room to grow and promote strength. They are hard to kick off and look great with a variety of outfits. Also, with the zig zagged rubber grips, your kiddo will have an easier time staying on their feet and crossing slippery floor surfaces throughout your home.
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Hook and Loop Closure System
Most children prefer to go barefoot and will remove socks, shoes, and slippers by any means necessary. The hook and loop closure system helps ensure these toddler slippers stay put. No amount of kicking will have these flying off. We all want to make sure our kids little feet stay warm and the Hudson Cozy Fleece Booties will make sure that happens and you won’t have to put them back on every two minutes.

Zig Zag Grip Design
Wobbly walkers will have slips and falls no matter what. We hate to see our kids fall and get hurt and want to do what we can to help our toddler stay on their feet. Grip is extremely important in avoiding slips and falls. The zig zag pattern offers versatility when it comes to keeping your child by overcoming quick position changes. Turning like a ballerina or a ninja requires a design that covers the bottom and moves with your agile walking toddler.

Cost and Value
The Hudson Cozy Fleece Bootie with Non Skid Bottom is very affordable. Easily washable with great grip doesn’t have to cost a lot. Keep it simple and know that your active child will keep them on. If something happens and one mysteriously goes missing don’t sweat it. The low price tag will allow you to replace these toddler slippers with ease.
Pros
  • Good In and Out of the House
  • Toddler Can Easily Put On
  • Excellent Sticky Grip
  • Very Warm
  • Super Affordable
Cons
  • Run Small
  • Grip May Wear

15. Z-T Future

15. Z-T Future
These exceptionally versatile boots are warm, soft, flexible, and great indoors as well as out, which is why they made it into the top 15 Best Toddler Slippers. The rubber bottom protects outside and provides superior slip resistance across all indoor surfaces. Flexibility is key in toddler slippers, the soft upper paired with a lightweight rubber bottom gives your child excellent grip and awesome flexible movement. Secure closures keep them on feet where they belong and save you time in replacing that slipper that just flew across the living room.
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Full Rubber Sole
If you are looking for ultimate stability, grip, and slide resistance, then rubber is what you have been looking for. Rubber does add a little weight to the booties however, in a home with low sharp corners or stairs, it can mean the difference in safety or injury. Many worry that rubber soles are not flexible enough to allow a child’s foot to develop correctly but the lightweight blown rubber used in this toddler slipper is very flexible and will support healthy growing feet.

Plush Fleece Lining
With or without socks your child’s feet will be as warm as can be. Super plush fleece lining wraps feet in comfort and warmth regardless of the temperature. If you live in a cold climate or have hardwood floors, cold feet can be can be a common problem. The Z T Future Booties will fix even the coldest of toes, keeping you and your children warm and happy! Soft to the touch, even kids that hate wearing shoes, socks, or slippers will love the feel of these toddler slippers.

Cost and Value
Superior grip, comfort, durability, and style with a price tag that won’t make you adjust your budget. Really, when looking at the fact that these really are as great outdoors as indoors, you get two pairs for the price of one. We all want the best bang for our buck, keep these on your toddler’s feet and do it with the peace of mind that it’s not costing much. Also, you won’t have to spend extra time changing between shoes and slippers when running out for a gallon of milk, who doesn’t love that!
Pros
  • Secure Velcro Closures
  • Easy On Easy Off
  • Lightweight
  • Superior Warmth
  • Functional
Cons
  • Sizing Runs Small
  • Not enough Room for Thick Socks

There are many good choices available when choosing which pair of slippers is right for your toddler. If you want an indoor – outdoor slipper, ACORN Moc Slipper and Kamik Cozycabin2 Slipper are recommended. A good choice for a bootie type slipper is the ACORN Easy Critter Bootie Slipper or UGG Bixbee Boot. And if you want matching slippers like “mommy and daddy” wear, then the Minnetonka family of products is the way to go. Just remember that if your little boy or girl is a discerning fashion guru, there are many choices that will satisfy their trendy style choices. Or you could just get some of the cutest slippers out there (ACORN Easy Critter Bootie Slipper). But whatever your choice, keep fit, form and function in mind.

 

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Toddler Slippers

 

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Slip Resistance

When our kids really start moving and grooving slips and falls can put a quick stop to the families fun, proud moment. Making sure feet stay firmly planted on the ground across the different surface can be a huge challenge, not only for you but also for your little one. Different surfaces mean different types of grip, but do we really need a different pair of toddler slippers for every room? No, certainly not, we do need a slipper with superior grip strength. Once that can offer stability and traction from the tile kitchen and bathroom, to the hardwood in the living room, and of course the carpet up the stairs and in the bedroom.

A lot of toddler slippers have no sort or grip at all, just fleece bottoms. As a matter of fact, many of the most expensive brands do not order any type of skid control. This is surprising to many. Fleece bottoms are an accident waiting to happen. Yes, they feel amazing and keep your toddler’s feet nice and warm but they are doing nothing to help your little one move around and stay on their feet. Fleece has many great properties, slip resistance is not one of them.  If you want your kiddo to wear warm, flexible fleece that’s wonderful, just make sure that it has some sort of rubber or polyurethane grip on the bottom.

All leather toddler slippers offer natural slip and skid resistance. Especially after they have been worn for a little while. While not as good as rubber, leather is still superior to fleece. It will give your child a smooth, superb feel for their little feet and help to keep them up and moving. The pliability of soft leather is amazing for growing feet and really allows the toes to grip and respond the way they are meant to.

Rubber, synthetic, and polyurethane soles are superior when it comes to slip and skid resistance. We wear these types of soles on our shoes every day as adults. However, our feet our done growing and we have the muscle memory to allow for this type of change. Toddler’s have quickly growing feet, and to allow proper formation you will want a slipper that is majorly pliable and flexible. A lightweight blown rubber won’t way your toddler down and will give them superior grip and traction, keeping their feet under them longer and farther every day.

Bare Feet

Ability to Stay On

It can be so frustrating trying to keep socks or slippers on your toddler. Socks are always sliding down during those epic moments transitioning from crawling to walking and slippers are just too easy to take on and off. Let’s not forget about the millions of children who down right refuse to leave anything on their feet. A lot of us understand the hatred of shoes however, frozen toes are also not acceptable.

Our guide to the best toddler slippers has hopefully shed some light on the best closure systems to help your little one keep the mile counter climbing as well as keep their feet warm. Fleece is very warm and a common slipper material, add to it a band of elastic and for the most part it will stay put, your avid mover is going to pull them right off as soon as they realize they can.

So, where do we go next? A hook and loop closure. The hook and loop is not only secure but it’s more difficult for little fingers to manipulate. This type of closure will help those feet stay warm and with any luck, will afford you more time to get to the mountain of clothes in the laundry room without having to chase down another wayward toddler slipper.

Finding the hook and loop closure isn’t working for you or your mobile toddler? Then we need to move on to Velcro. Securing with Velcro is a great alternative to an elastic band or the hook and loop closure. Often times, where there is a will there is a way and removal will come at any means necessary! Velcro will prolong the process and keep your toddler slippers on cold feet where they belong

It is also important to note that if you are buying your toddler slippers and you are currently fighting to keep socks on those cold little toes, make sure to avoid any type of slide on slipper. Slide ones may be great for us but a child that doesn’t like anything on their feet will never keep these on. They also come off of the foot very easily for those just beginning to walk. This can lead to slips and falls very easily.

Durability

Coming across any product that is built to last can be a tall order when it comes to your toddler. At such a young age, they don’t know that everything they destroy costs you money. We find it to be exceptionally important to find the best toddler slippers, that not only keep your child standing up but keeps your child’s slippers standing up to them.

Fleece is a very durable material and is counted on by many parents. Not only will it give your child long, durable wear, it will also stand up to your washing machine. Spills and messes are a part of our everyday lives and an item that can simply be thrown in the washer saves us time and money. It also keeps our family looking great, while not breaking the bank with constant replacement.

Thin sock like material used for slippers, can be very frustrating. If not replacing for little holes that seem to crop up every time they come out of the dryer, you find yourself buying more because the dog decided chewing on your toddler’s slippers would be a great idea. Some sturdier cloth material can be durable, it really depends on the construction. Our guide to the best toddler slippers has given you footwear that will stand up to the test of time and toddlers.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Are crocheted slippers safe for my toddler?

A: There really isn’t a simple answer to this question, it really depends on the situation you find yourself and your toddler in. The problem with crocheted slippers is they typically do not have any grip or traction for your new walker. Made with love from your most cherished family member, I am sure they are adorable and as warm as can be. They will do an awesome job while laying down for the evening or snuggling up on the couch to watch the coveted Disney movie. When it comes to cruisin’ around the house however, you may want to look for an alternative. Like fleece most yarns used for crocheting are very slippery, especially on hardwood floors or while traversing the stairs. You can add rubber to the bottoms to offer extra grip to avoid slips, making crocheted slippers safer and causing you less worry.

Q: Laces on my toddler’s slippers to keep them on, yes or no?

A: There are varying opinions on lacing your toddler’s slippers. The majority feel as if you should avoid it for several reason. Slipper wearing should be a thing of comfort and warmth. If you are thinking about laces to keep their slippers on, all you are going to do is make your child hate them even more.

Laces tend to restrict movement which can be detrimental in the correct development of your child’s foot. Also, slippers with laces tend to be more shoe like, equaling less flexibility. If you are wanting to keep your toddler’s feet warm and need a way to keep them on, look for some different alternatives to laces. Hook and loop closures are difficult for little ones because of the dexterity required to unhook it. Velcro or double Velcro straps are also an excellent alternative to laces.

Help your toddler see that slippers can be, cute, comfortable, warm, and help them stay up and moving longer. When they start to love the warmth they get from toddler slipper, we think you will find keeping them on will become easier. Stay persistent in keeping warm toes and show your kiddo that you love them too, eventually they will become the thing your toddler can’t live without!

Q: What is the best material for toddler slippers to keep frozen toes warm without socks?

A: Warmness factor is very important, especially if you live in colder climates with hardwood floors. Everyone has a different impression of what is best to keep feet warm. Any layer will be better than bare feet on cold floors but some are superior when broken down into what they can do to make snugly warm toes all day long.

  • Cotton
    •  Natural and loved by many, cotton is an asset in most clothing items. It is soft and comfortable, it breaths but also helps keep chills off. The problem with cotton is that it is not very durable and if cold toes are a daily problem, cotton is probably not going to fix it. Better than nothing but not fit for superior warming.
  • Fleece
    • Fleece is a top choice for parents looking for something that will truly make their toddler’s feet stay warm. Thick and plush, it is not only durable but allows feet to warm up quickly. Fleece is very slippery and you will want to use caution with wobbly walkers, especially if there is no grip on the bottom of your chosen fleece toddler slippers.
  • Wool
    • Wool is probably the very best when it comes to cold feet. It naturally moves moisture away and helps insulate. Some parents stay away from wool because it can be itchy. This can be a real problem especially for children that don’t like anything on their feet in the first place. Adding a thin loose sock to wool slippers will keep the itch away but allow plenty of room for natural motion of your toddler’s growing feet.

Q: Wait, I thought you were supposed to keep your toddler barefoot for growing purposes?!

A: While this doesn’t really look like a question, it is common for parents to wonder what the best course of action is. Keeping your toddler barefoot does allow for the feet to learn and grow without pressure or the inability to move because of tight shoes or slippers. Many feel that cold toes are just something that is bound to happen during developmental years. It doesn’t have to be and you need to be careful. Cold feet can lead to all types of problems, from not realizing there is an injury due to lack of sensation all the way to frostbite for the toes that never have any cover.

You most assuredly want to offer your toddler plenty of barefoot time but when temperatures drop, it’s time to find a great pair of toddler slippers. Loose, flexible, and made of something to help warm feet up quickly is really what you are looking for. The less bulk the slipper has the more the foot will naturally do the work. Add a little grip and your toddler will have warm feet before you know it while moving around, with endless energy.

Q: Why do some parents pay $100+ for toddler slippers? Should I?

A: The quick answer is, we have no idea why and no. Like most things in life we find ourselves veering toward the brands we know. Part of why we love those brands may simply be in the name. It may be cool and stylish but really is it any better? Children’s feet grow very quickly and if there is room in your budget for hundred dollar slippers, go for it, but first make sure they are actually  going to provide your kiddo with what they need. Our guide has offered several pair of toddler slippers that are under $20, and they perform excellently. Not only will they help your toddler stay up and moving with good grip and traction, they will also make those cold toes disappear and stay where you put them

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