Gift-shopping can be tough, even if you have some idea of what you’re going to get. If you’re looking for the best slippers money can buy for the special woman in your life, the choices can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to blindly choose the first pair that looks decent, and hope they go over well – this guide can help you make the right choice. When looking for fuzzy slippers for women and girls, it’s usually best to buy from established brands like Bearpaw, L.L. Bean, or UGG. There are plenty of cheap knockoffs masquerading as high-quality slippers, so make sure you can trust the company you’re buying from.
Regardless of the style, color, or cost of the slippers you buy, there are a few questions that you should ask before making a decision.
Are they easy to clean/care for?
Those leather exteriors may look great, but some of them aren’t very cleanable – which is unfortunate if they’re going to be worn for several months of every year. If a pair of slippers can’t be easily cleaned, just a few small drops or dribbles can ruin the look of the exterior.
Caring for the interior is important as well. If you opt for a slipper that’s lined with sheepskin or something else that can’t simply be thrown in the washing machine, make sure that socks are worn with them. This will keep them smelling and looking clean, without the need for soap and water.
Some slippers can be machine-washed, hand-washed, or spot-cleaned with warm water and gentle detergent (this last one usually applies to leather slippers). When comparing your options, don’t forget to consider how easy or difficult they’d be to clean.
Do they have good traction?
The traction offered by a pair of slippers can help you determine its overall quality. If they’re lower quality, they’ll come with a stiff plastic sole that doesn’t offer much traction at all. If they’re of superior quality, they’ll probably have a no-slip sole that will grip any type of slick indoor flooring. There are even a few slippers that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, although you won’t necessarily want to take them hiking. They’re better for incidental outdoor activities, like taking out the trash or checking the mail.
How much support or cushioning do they offer?
Many people want slippers to keep their feet warm, but support and/or cushioning should be a factor as well. After all, if extra warmth is all you’re after, why not just stick with a pair of extra fluffy socks? With well-designed slippers, the wearer can benefit from both comfort and an ergonomic design.
Memory foam is a popular option, since it molds itself to the shape of the foot over time. This essentially creates customized support for each person’s feet, without needing specially designed orthotics or custom shoe inserts. Arch support could also be a plus, although not everyone needs it.
You might not realize it, but slippers with backs included (such as moccasins) are better at reducing muscles stress compared to slip-on designs like mules. When the wearer doesn’t have to grip the shoe with their toes to keep it on their feet, this allows for a more relaxed, natural stride.
Are the inside materials warm but breathable?
If you’re trying to find slippers for the lady in your life, it probably goes without saying that you live in a place where winters get pretty chilly. The question is, how chilly? If winters are mild and the home is well-heated, you won’t need anything too robust. As long as it protects the feet from cold tile floors, it’ll get the job done. If temperatures regularly drop below freezing, though, then that’s a different story. In that case, materials like shearling are recommended.
It’s also best to consider the material’s moisture-wicking properties. If the wearer’s feet are prone to overheating while wearing shoes, it’s important that natural materials like wool or sheepskin are used. If the interior is made of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, etc., this will probably result in constantly sweaty feet. This isn’t to say that polyester blends should be off the table; it’s just that they aren’t necessarily the best choice for everyone.
Are they made to last?
Whether you’re shopping online or at a brick-and-mortar store, you should be able to tell the difference between a quality pair of slippers, and a cheaply made product. For example, look at the seams, or any place where two pieces of material are joined together. Does it seem secure and even, or do you notice gaps or loose threads? You should also try bending the slippers to test the sturdiness of the sole. They should be able to bend fairly easily (meaning the soles are flexible), but they should also bounce back to their original shape quickly (meaning the material is durable).
What style are they?
Even if a pair of slippers use the best materials and workmanship, they still have to look right. Of course, slippers aren’t exactly designed to look sleek, glamorous, or even cool; that being said, there are still many different styles to choose from, and it’s important to pick the right one.
There are slip-ons like moccasins, slide-ons like mules, and even open-toed versions that essentially look like fluffy sandals. Some of them suggest an outdoorsy and rugged look, while others are more feminine. You may get a pair that could barely be worn while walking down the driveway, or a pair that can be worn while running errands.
Many brands offer slippers in a wide array of colors, so that’s another factor to consider. With so many options to choose from, it should be easy to find one that fits with the majority of the recipient’s wardrobe and aesthetic.
Even though the number of choices can seem bewildering, you can quickly narrow them down by asking the right questions. Once you know what to look for, you’ll be able to find the coziest pair of slippers before you know it.
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