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House Shoes That Love Your Feet: The Best Barefoot Slippers

Did you know that your regular slippers might not be as foot-friendly as you think? While they might seem cozy and convenient, many slippers aren’t designed to support the natural shape and movement of your feet. They often lack proper attachment to your feet and don’t offer an ideal toe box shape, which can lead to discomfort or even long-term foot health issues.

But what if you’re a fan of barefoot shoes and dread the thought of cold feet during winter? Don’t worry, you don’t have to compromise on foot health for warmth. If you love the freedom and comfort of barefoot shoes but need something to keep your toes toasty during the chillier months, this blog post is for you. We’ve rounded up a selection of barefoot-approved slippers and house shoes that offer the best of both worlds: the comfort and warmth of slippers combined with the health benefits of barefoot shoes.

Let’s find the perfect pair for you!

Be sure to grab our free e-book for an in-depth guide on the best barefoot slippers for both kids and adults – it’s packed with insights and tips to help you make the perfect choice for your feet!

Why Not All Slippers Are Barefoot Friendly?

You might think that classic slippers and house shoes are almost like being barefoot. They often appear thin, flexible, and wide at the front, right? Well, that’s partly true, but there’s more to it if we want to walk properly!

Let’s set aside the shape of the front part for a moment (yes, they’re often tapered), and focus on a major issue: they are NOT FIXED TO THE FEET! This means that when we walk, our toes either lift or grab. In both scenarios, the toes can’t perform their natural function, leading to an improper walking form.

So, what does this mean, and what makes slippers truly barefoot-friendly?

It means that when choosing slippers, we should consider them just as carefully as we do regular shoes!

Good slippers should have:

  • A foot-shaped design
  • Thin, flexible soles
  • No heel rise
  • Secure attachment to our feet
  • The right length and width for our feet

When picking barefoot slippers for yourself or your kids, pay close attention to the toe box shape (is it genuinely foot-shaped, or just semi-circular?), the flexibility of the sole, and how well they stay on your feet. The common ballet flats style, often chosen for kids, isn’t ideal either. In these, the foot is constantly pushed forward while walking, leaving all the extra length at the heel.

Our Top Picks: Favorite Barefoot Slippers

In this chapter, we’re excited to share our personal favorite barefoot slippers, ones that have been a part of our lives for many years.

Snugi

  • Available for: adults & kids
  • Sizes: EU18 – EU44
  • Upper material: cotton woven fabrics
  • Lining: fleece
  • Sole: “toughtek” or silicon squares
  • Machine washable: YES

Warmth:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Price: from 24,99€

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Why We Recommend:

  • Affordable and machine washable for easy care and budget-friendliness
  • Customizable options including width, upper pattern, name on heel, and protective fabric for the toe part
  • Soft, flexible, and easy to put on. The elastic around the instep prevents your feet from slipping out or forward while walking

Consider Before Buying:

  • Might be too warm for summer use

Snugi slippers are a fantastic choice, offering affordability and the convenience of being machine washable. Their customization options are a standout feature, ensuring a great fit for various foot types. You can personalize them with different upper patterns, add your name at the heel, and choose protective fabric for the toe part. Available in a range of fun colors, as well as neutral options like black or brown, they cater to all tastes.

The soles are thin, providing excellent ground feel. You can choose between the more robust, warm, and water-resistant Toughtek sole, or the more breathable, thinner silicon triangle sole, which offers more traction but is less water-resistant.

Sizing & Fit: Snugi slippers are ideal for toddlers taking their first steps and are also great for adults. They have an excellent toe box shape and stay securely on the feet, preventing the foot from sliding forward. Standard sizes are available (refer to their size chart for internal lengths and widths). If standard sizes don’t fit your needs, you can provide your foot dimensions for custom sizing.


Tikki Shoes Ziggy

  • Available for: adults & kids
  • Sizes: EU18 – EU44
  • Upper material: wool felt or leather
  • Sole: 2mm latex insole, 1mm natural rubber sole
  • Machine washable: NO

Warmth (leather):

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Warmth (felt):

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Price: from 36€

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Why We Recommend:

  • Extremely flexible and comfortable with a thin sole
  • Made from breathable, high-quality materials
  • Available in several beautiful colors and designs
  • Designed with an amazing toe box shape

Consider Before Buying:

  • Require slightly more time to put on
  • Not the best option for high-volume feet

Tikki Shoes Ziggy slippers are a fantastic choice if you appreciate natural, breathable materials. They come in either leather or felted wool versions, catering to both kids and adults in various colors. The craftsmanship is evident in their amazing toe box shape, making them feel like a second skin. They can be adjusted over the instep with two Velcro straps. While they take a bit more time to put on than regular slip-on slippers, the secure fit they provide is worth the extra effort.

Sizing & Fit: Tikki Ziggy slippers are best suited for feet with low or average foot volume, low to average instep, and medium to medium-wide feet. The leather is incredibly soft, and the felt molds to your feet, allowing for some stretching over time. However, they might not be the best option for very high-volume feet. The slippers offer great adjustment with two Velcro straps on the sides, ensuring the heel doesn’t slip forward. The sizes are true to the size chart, and as a point of reference, I wear size 41.


Nanga

  • Available for: adults & kids
  • Sizes: EU18 – EU46
  • Upper material: bio wool
  • Sole: natural rubber
  • Machine washable: YES

Warmth:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Price: from 29,95€

Why We Recommend:

  • Extremely comfortable and warm, ideal for cozy days
  • Easy to slip on, perfect for quick wear
  • Machine washable for hassle-free maintenance

Consider Before Buying:

  • The toe box shape is not optimal (too tapered), but the wool model’s upper part is very stretchy and adapts well to the feet
  • Cotton models and adult slippers without heel coverage are not considered barefoot-friendly

Before diving deeper, it’s important to note that Nanga slippers don’t have the most optimal toe box shape. Their slippers are made from either wool or cotton, but only the wool models meet barefoot criteria. In our experience, the wool stretches significantly over time, allowing for unrestricted toe movement, whereas cotton slippers are less stretchable, which can restrict toe movement. For adults, choose models that cover the heel as well.

We’ve had many pairs of Nanga slippers over the years and keep returning to them for their lightness, softness, and ease of putting on. Initially snug, they soon stretch considerably, and the sole flattens even more under your weight. They feel more like wool socks than slippers. The sole, having only a thin rubber layer, does wear out; one pair typically lasts me about a year with daily wear. They’re easily washable in a machine – though they shrink a bit after washing, they stretch back quickly.

Sizing & Fit: Nanga slippers are best suited for narrow and medium width feet with low to average height insteps. They might not be the best fit for high-volume feet, as the elastic over the instep can feel too tight. Regarding sizing, I’ve tried both my regular size 42 and size 43, and both fit well. However, I recommend sizing up if you need more volume or width.


Softstar Shoes Fireside

  • Available for: adults
  • Sizes: U5 – U14
  • Upper material: sheepskin
  • Sole: leather
  • Machine washable: NO

Warmth:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Price: from 190€

Why We Recommend:

  • Among the softest, highest quality slippers available
  • Super warm, cozy, and soft, ideal for maximum comfort

Consider Before Buying:

  • The suede sole is not suitable for wet surfaces
  • Symmetrical toe box shape requires initial selection of a left and right pair; they stretch and mold to your foot shape over time
  • May not stay as securely on the feet, especially after the leather stretches
  • Higher price point, which can be significant, especially with additional customs and taxes for EU orders

Softstar Shoes Fireside slippers are a model we absolutely adore. Made from incredibly soft sheepskin, they offer unparalleled warmth and coziness. The insole is replaceable, adding to their longevity. These slippers are so comfortable that even my kids are irresistibly drawn to these slippers and often end up wearing mine in the evening due to their exceptional softness and warmth. Initially, the slippers are symmetrical, without a designated left or right. However, the leather stretches and molds to your feet, providing ample toe space. We recommend choosing your left and right pair at the beginning – look for the stars at the heel for guidance. The main drawback is the price, which can be steep, particularly for those ordering from the EU due to additional customs and taxes.

Be sure to check out other slippers from Softstar Shoes as well!

Sizing & Fit: Softstar Fireside slippers are available in two widths: ‘regular’ for medium-width feet, and ‘wide’ for those with wider feet. I opted for the ‘regular’ width in size 9U, matching my foot dimensions of 26.3/10 cm. This size is a perfect fit for me, and I wouldn’t prefer them any larger as they naturally stretch with wear. It’s important to note that once they’ve stretched, they may feel less secure, particularly when worn without socks. Therefore, we recommend these slippers more for stationary activities, like sitting at your computer, rather than for active walking.

Explore More: Find out more about Softstar Fireside slippers in our review.


Wildling Shoes Lotus & Nelus

  • Available for: adults & kids
  • Sizes: EU 23-48
  • Upper material: wool felt
  • Sole: synthetic rubber
  • Machine washable: NO

Warmth:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Price: from 59€ (kids ) and from 84€ (adults)

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Why We Recommend:

  • Comfortable and warm handmade slippers
  • Constructed with only three main components – wool, thread, and sole – making them easier to recycle by material type at the end of use

Consider Before Buying:

  • The toe box shape slightly curves in at the big toe, reducing the available width.
  • They don’t offer any adjustment of the fit, so make sure they really fit your feet well and your heel doesn’t slip forward
  • The wool may develop a slightly ‘fuzzy’ appearance more quickly with use

The Wildling Lotus and Nelus are among the most sustainable slippers, beautifully crafted from felted wool using just three materials: wool, thread, and sole. This design choice not only enhances their aesthetic but also simplifies recycling at the end of their lifespan. The primary difference between the Lotus and Nelus models is their height, with the Lotus being slightly taller, as depicted in the photos. Both models feature a felted wool upper and a thin outsole, making them very soft and comfortable to wear. They slip on easily and feel pleasant on the feet.

Sizing & Fit: The toe box shape of the Wildling Lotus and Nelus slippers slightly curves in at the big toe, which affects the available space for your toes. Therefore, they are best suited for narrow and medium width feet. In the photos, I am wearing my usual size EU 42 (foot dimensions 26.3/10 cm) in Wildling. I find that I am at the upper limit of the available width at the tip of the toes. Sizing up can provide extra width and volume above the instep. It’s important to note that the material at the front of the shoe can stretch slightly to the sides, but this stretching can also reduce the available length inside the slipper, so consider this when choosing your size.

The Lotus model does not offer an option to adjust the fit around the instep and ankles, making it crucial to ensure a good fit for your foot and to prevent your heel from sliding forward. Generally, they are best suited for medium insteps. If you experience any heel lift, we recommend wearing them for more static activities, such as sitting on the sofa, working at a desk, or using a computer. If you plan to walk a lot in them, you might want to consider a different model.

Explore More: Find out more about Wildling Shoes in our review.


Xero Shoes Pagosa

  • Available for: adults
  • Sizes: W5-W12, M6.5-M15, EU 35.5-48
  • Upper material: faux-wool
  • Sole: rubber
  • Machine washable: NO

Warmth:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Price: $69,99

Why We Recommend:

  • Extremely lightweight and easy to put on
  • Available in both men’s and women’s sizes in two different widths

Consider Before Buying:

  • The toe box shape slightly curves in at the big toe – make sure to choose enough space in front of your toes
  • Wearing them with the heel collapsed can affect the barefoot walking experience

Xero Shoes Pagosa are cozy house slippers made from thin faux wool. While this material offers a decent level of warmth, it may not be as warm as genuine wool, so it might not be sufficient if you tend to feel cold often, especially during long periods of sitting. These slippers feature a design that allows for a collapsible heel, making them convenient for quickly slipping on. However, while it’s convenient to wear them with the heel collapsed, doing so consistently might diminish the benefits associated with barefoot shoes.

Sizing & Fit: Pagosa is ideal for individuals with a low to average instep height. For those with a higher instep, you can either remove the insole for more room or opt for a larger size. However, note that these adjustments might not be enough for very high-volume feet. These slippers are generally best suited for medium-width feet. For reference, I wear size EU 41.5 (US 11) with an internal length of 27.6 cm, accommodating my foot length of 26.3 cm.

Explore More: Find out more about Xero Shoes in our review.

More Options for Kids and Adults

Bär Shoes

| Men’s, Women’s | Different models and materials | EU 36-47 | From 49€ |

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VIVOBAREFOOT

| Men’s, Women’s, Kids | Felted wool | EU 27-45 | From 55€ |

Use BU15 for 15% discount


Zeazoo

| Women’s, Kids | Wool, leather | EU 16-42 | From approx. 25€ |

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Froddo

| Women’s, Kids | Wool | EU 23-40 | From approx. 35€ |

Use BU5 for 5% off at Naboso


Pegres

| Women’s, Kids | Textile | EU 23-41 | From approx. 20€ |

Use BU5 for 5% off at Naboso


Tomar Creation

| Men’s, Women’s, Kids | Leather | EU 18-48 | From approx. 35€ |


Lems Shoes Drifter Fur

| Men’s, Women’s | Leather | W6-12, M4.5-15 | From approx. $100 |


Beda

| Kids | Textile | EU 23-35 | From approx. 22€ |

Use BU5 for 5% off at Naboso


Affenzahn

| Kids | recycled polyester (PET) | EU 21-32 | 44,99€ |

Use BU5 for 5% off at Naboso


Lukshoes

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Conclusion

And that’s a wrap on our cozy slipper adventure! It’s amazing how many awesome barefoot slipper choices are out there, right? Each one has its own cool vibe and perks. Just remember, the best slippers are more than just comfy – they’re like a hug for your feet while letting them move naturally. So, go find that perfect pair that feels like it’s made just for you. Your feet will thank you!


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