How to Choose Slippers

There’s a shoe company in the U.K. that really believes in the power of slippers. To most, the cozy slip-ons are for nothing more than scuffing around the house or wandering from the bed to the bathroom in the middle of the night. For the founders and employees of Shoegarden, slippers are a significant part of what makes their label tick. This week they’ve claimed that wearing slippers can help people in all fields be more productive at their jobs. While they didn’t cite any scientific proof in their claim, they did release this statement: “It is now increasingly acceptable to dress in an off-duty, effortless style. We feel employees should work in comfort and we therefore sell a huge variety of indoor slippers with contoured footbed insoles to ensure the utmost comfort and foot support.” The statement goes on, “We have found this to be tremendously beneficial for our workplace performance.”

There is some truth to this. Carolyn Mair, PhD, psychologist, Professor of Psychology for Fashion, and freelance consultant told NBC News in August that a “great” work outfit is only such if it is comfortable and the wearer feels confident in it. While that may mean an expensive, perfectly tailored suit to a banker, it could mean jeans and a hoodie to a coder in Silicon Valley. “It’s about finding the clothes that make you feel stylish and appropriately dressed for the situation you’re in,” she said. She also added, “Being comfortable in our clothes is really important as it allows us to forget that we are wearing them and concentrate on the task.” In other words, if you can wear a pair of slippers—fancy or not—to your office without provoking any complaints to HR, have at it. Comfort always equals confidence and this season, there’s no better footwear than a warm and fuzzy slipper to wear while getting through that daunting to-do list.

How to Choose Slippers

Many people choose to wear bedroom slippers around the house. They provide comfort, warmth, and in general help to create an environment where the individual can relax after a long day. Choosing the right house shoes is a subjective process, since different people have differing ideas on what constitutes comfortable shoes for wear around the home. If you are considering the purchase of a new pair of women’s slippers or men’s shoes for around the home, here are some things to think about.

The process of choosing comfortable slippers often begins with the condition of the feet. People who are free of any type of issues such as high insteps, fallen arches, or poor circulation are very fortunate when it comes to selecting from the wide array of house shoes on the market today. When these and other foot conditions are present, it is often necessary to bypass mass-produced house shoes and go for comfortable slippers that help to compensate for the condition.

In order to purchase comfortable slippers for people with pronounced insteps, it is often a good idea to purchase slippers that are less rigid and will stretch to accommodate the larger instep. Ideally, the slippers will still fit the instep snugly but will not pinch or bind. While there are slip-on designs that compensate for this type of physical condition, it is also possible to purchase comfortable slippers that include some type of string lacing that may it possible to adjust the fit to suit the preferences of the individual.

People with wider feet also must look for slippers that provide that extra bit of room in order to be truly comfortable. The wider body of the slipper means the foot is not cramped into a narrow device and is less subject to pinching. A properly fitted slipper also does not restrict blood flow or cause pain, which is very important. Many manufacturers today produce comfortable slippers in at least a few wider sizes, although they are usually priced slightly higher than the typical pair of house slippers.

Cushioning is also an important element of comfortable slippers. The proper amount of cushioning supports the sole of the foot properly, and also helps to hold in warmth while still allowing the feet to breathe. Many less expensive designs skimp on the cushioning, which may not be an issue for anyone who has padded carpeting in the home. However, a low amount of cushioning in the slippers is not acceptable for people who prefer hardwood or tile floors. For them, comfortable slippers must provide that sense of walking on air even when walking across hard surfaces.

Choosing the right pair of comfortable slippers involves knowing what you need in the way of support and size. Fortunately, there are many designs and styles on the market today that coordinate well with pajamas and robes, provide cushioning that is ideal even on hard floor surfaces, and will keep the feet warm even if there is some degree of impaired circulation. Know what your feet need and selecting the right pair of slippers will be an easy task.

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