Winter house slippers are a must have in many of the 48 continental United States and Alaska. Even the best laid plans of mice and men do not seem to keep our floors warm enough for our feet, but a good pair of house slippers help bridge the gap. There are several different varieties of winter house slippers on the market, and each serves a different purpose for the wearer.
The Open-Toe “Flip-Flop” Winter House Slipper
This is the house slipper you likely saw your grandmother wearing throughout the winter in years’ past. I know it is the one my grandmother wore. The plastic sole on this type is typically a non-skid surface suited to old people and the open toe works well for older women whose feet tend to swell. Definitely not a slipper available in highly chic or cute options though.
The Bootie Winter House Slipper
The bootie is the house shoe that has a softer sole, which is occasionally slippery, and covers the entire foot. Because of this complete snug covering, they are a very warm shoe but still not a highly attractive option.
The Moccasin Winter House Slipper
Mocassins are among the more comfortable and attractive winter house slippers either gender can buy. Mocassins, in terms of winter wear, very closely resemble a pair of loafers on the outside. On the inside, they are entirely different. Mocassins are lined with fleece in many instances while featuring fluffy detailing on the outer rim.
The Mukluk Winter House Slipper
The name Mukluk is generally assigned, again in terms of house shoes, to slippers that cover the entire foot and then extend multiple inches above the ankle. Occasionally these slippers are made with a suede leather or imitation suede leather on the outside, but most mukluks feature a knit outside. The soles are typically quite sturdy and all weather enough to support a quick trick down a shoveled sidewalk.
The Mule Winter House Slipper
The mule is a winter house slipper with a fleece lining on the inside. The outside of the show fully covers the toe area and ends abruptly at before extending around the heel of the foot. These shoes, like a mukluk, have a sturdy sole. However, unlike a Mukluk or moccasin, they do not allow exceedingly agile movements because of the flip flop motion.
The Ballet Winter House Slipper
It goes without saying that the ballet winter house slipper would be a great “fit” for fans of a regular ballet shoe. These shoes are very unobtrusive and cover the entire foot with soft material. The footbed is typically terry lined for dryness.
Picking your favorite winter slipper will usually boil down to choosing a type and then picking out a style within the type that suits you!