For a stylish and supportive alternative to wearing slippers, house shoes are amazingly comfortable and their real soles offer better grip and traction on hardwood floors and rainy porches. Providing all-day comfort and often better arch support for sore feet, they are the ideal choice for working from home, pottering in the garden and even for running errands.
Luckily for you ladies, we've done all the research so you don't have to and have come up with this guide of the best house shoes for women in the UK. Featuring cool clogs and slides, Japanese-style shoes and picks that are perfect for summer, we've put together our favourites from UGG, John Lewis, and of course, Crocs. It's time to treat those feet!
When looking for a pair of house shoes, there are few things to decide upon before you reach the checkout. Material, grip, support and the style of shoe are some of the important considerations that we will go through in this section.
There are tons of different types of shoes that can be worn around the house, and the pair you go for will depend on your preferences, style and needs. Read on for the most popular styles of house shoes to choose from to help find your dream pair.
If you like the idea of house shoes that offer minimal coverage and a little more freedom for your feet, mules, sliders or Japanese-style shoes are all excellent options. In the world of house shoes, mules are defined by a backless design that is covered at the front for an easy-to-slip-on style of footwear.
Sliders have a band or panel across the front that holds your foot in place and often have a flatform sole or slight wedge. Their laidback and accessible style suits both indoor wear or errand runs and they make brilliant shower shoes or beachwear, too.
On the other hand, Japanese house shoes are usually only intended to be worn indoors, often made from materials like cotton or linen. If you're looking for a pair that are padded and offer a luxuriously cosy feeling while you work from home or complete chores, this classic style of shoe has you covered.
Crocs created the original clogs, but there are now many different brands creating this style of shoe that cater to every budget. Featuring a rounded toe, ergonomic shape, ventilation holes and a heel strap, clogs are easy to get on and off, comfortable and they stay on your feet whilst walking.
Being both lightweight and waterproof, clogs can be worn while pottering in the garden or even while paddling in the sea making them a great all-purpose shoe. They also come in a wide range of bright and bold shades to bring a cheerful splash of colour to your feet every day.
Made to be worn in the colder months, padded ankle boots combine the benefits of indoor slippers and outdoor shoes. Created from pieces of material sewn together, they are stretchy enough to slip on for de-icing your car, nipping to the shops, or if you're a surfer, after an early morning session!
With their underfoot cushioning, soft sheepskin and lightweight soles, they've got to be the cosiest house shoes for when it's chilly. UGG may have created the original design, but there are plenty of imitations if you want a cheap and cheerful pair.
Trainers might not be exactly what springs to mind when you think of house shoes, but they are a brilliant option if you lead a busy, active life. Lace-free, slip-on trainers are the best choice if you are looking for a sportier house shoe because you need to be able to easily get them on and off.
The main benefit of opting for slip-on trainers over something more like a mule or slide is that they can be worn for exercise or running errands and are useful if you walk a lot throughout the day as you won't need to change shoes.
However, they're not just designed for sporty people – slip-on trainers are also beneficial if you require a better level of arch support. If you suffer from sore feet, look for those that incorporate memory foam insoles for added comfort.
When it comes to choosing house shoes that can be worn for multiple purposes, it's crucial to consider the material they are made from. Looking for a waterproof pair that can be worn in all weathers? Opt for clogs or sliders that are made from rubber or a water-resistant synthetic material such as EVA or trainers made from a polyester upper.
Leather house shoes can be worn outside, but it's best to treat them with a leather protector first. Suede shoes will be OK too, as long as you don't get them wet regularly. If you intend to mainly wear your shoes inside, a blend of natural materials such as cotton, linen or sheepskin can be super-cosy yet nice and breathable.
House shoes can vary a lot in terms of the quality of their tread. Usually, shoes that are suitable for indoor and outdoor use have the best grip, especially ones with a visible tread. Material-wise, rubber soles are excellent here and provide traction to prevent slipping.
Thick, tough outsoles are also more likely to equate to a better grip, as they are less likely to wear down and become smooth (and therefore slippy). If a particular pair of house shoes are made solely for indoor use, it's best not to wear them outside at all as they probably won't work well.
Most of us will be looking for a good level of support from a pair of house shoes, seeing as they will be worn most days for working from home, gardening, cleaning and so on. Choose house shoes with a padded or cushioned insole or take it a step further with a footbed made to mould to the foot.
The structure of the shoe makes a difference too, with slip-on trainers and some styles of mules holding the foot in a way that offers more support. If you love sliders, choose a pair with ergonomic arch support to keep your feet in the optimal position throughout the day.
Now we've been through the practical points when it comes to choosing house shoes, it's time for our recommendations. Featuring a veritable rainbow from UGG, Crocs and Mango, your tootsies will thank you!
|Support||Good, soft foam feel, anti-slip|
|Support||Good, memory foam insole|
|Material(s)||Suede, rubber, leather|
|Support||Good, moulded Croslite footbed|
|Material(s)||Suede, sheepskin, EVA|
|Support||Excellent, underfoot cushioning|
|Material(s)||Cotton, linen, rubber|
|Grip||Good, anti-slip outsoles|
|Support||Excellent, soft, padded sole|
|Grip||Excellent, pronounced outsole|
|Support||Good, extreme padded sock/footbed|
|Material(s)||Suede, sheepskin, rubber|
|Support||Good, cushioned with sheepskin|
|Support||Good, moulded insole|
|Material(s)||Rubber, textile, ethylene vinyl acetate|
|Support||Good, Croslite foam|
John Lewis & Partners
Unisex Lined Clogs
Gianna Suede House Shoes
Scuffette II Slippers
Libby Leather Padded Slider Sandals
Cotton and Linen Indoor Shoes
Classic Mini II Short Sheepskin Boots
Cana Leather Babouche Slippers
Ultra Flex Gracious Touch Slip-On Trainers
The Original House Shoe for Year-Round Wear
Functional and Comfy With a Contemporary Design
Look Like a Snack in These Strawberry Sorbet Slip-Ons
Simple, Comfortable and Bang On-Trend
Live in Luxury in These Japanese House Shoes
The Cosiest Winter Shoe for Indoor and Outdoor Wear
Versatile, Breathable Slides With a Fun Print
Keep It Chic on Those Days Spent at Home
Designed for Absolute Comfort
A Cute and Budget-Friendly Choice
|Style||Lined clogs||Mules||Mules||Sliders||Japanese||Ankle boots||Sliders||Mules||Trainers||Sliders|
|Material(s)||Rubber, textile, ethylene vinyl acetate||Suede, synthetic||Suede, sheepskin, rubber||Leather, synthetic||Cotton, linen, rubber||Suede, sheepskin, EVA||Rubber||Suede, rubber, leather||Polyester, rubber||Synthetic|
|Grip||Good||-||Good||Excellent, pronounced outsole||Good, anti-slip outsoles||Good||Good||Minimal||Excellent||-|
|Support||Good, Croslite foam||Good, moulded insole||Good, cushioned with sheepskin||Good, extreme padded sock/footbed||Excellent, soft, padded sole||Excellent, underfoot cushioning||Good, moulded Croslite footbed||Minimal||Good, memory foam insole||Good, soft foam feel, anti-slip|
If an all-out chill session is in order for your next day off, you'll want to make sure you're comfy so you can concentrate on the important things such as snack choice and what's on the TV! Take a look at some of our related articles to help you do some first-class lounging.
So that concludes our article on the best house shoes out there. Whether your priority is arch support, cosiness or a pair that look a bit cooler than slippers, you're sure to get off on the right foot with one of our carefully chosen picks.
Author: Melanie McPhail
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