Slippers are typically considered a wintertime essential but here in chilly old Great Britain, we think they’re a necessity during the warmer months too. After spending all day in the playground, taking part in extra-curricular activities or simply driving their parents up the wall, kids love to relax at bedtime with some cosy footwear. So, they’ll appreciate a nice pair of slippers to keep their tootsies warm and comfortable.
We’ve put together this nifty buying guide to help you consider all the options when shopping for a pair of kids' slippers, including which materials to look for and how to decide on a design that your child will love. Our ranking contains slippers for boys and girls of all ages and shoe sizes, with affordable picks from Amazon, eBay and John Lewis. From magical unicorn slip-ons to trendy UGG "fluff yeah" sliders, we've got something to suit every taste!
Before you dive straight into our recommendations, read through the buying guide below. We'll point out some of the different characteristics of slippers that shoppers may overlook, to help you feel more confident when hitting the "buy now" button!
The first factor to consider is the style of the slippers, so we’ve grouped them into three categories: the full slipper, the half slipper and the boot. Each has its pros and cons, especially as some children might find a boot too restrictive or a half slipper too flimsy.
The most common (and most popular) style is the full slipper. It resembles a regular shoe, meaning it slips on but has a full back section, like a moccasin. This style is good for all-day use and will suit kids who are more active, as it's less likely to slip off their feet. Plus, full slippers usually provide a little more protection from scrapes or bumps on the ankle area.
Next, you have the half slipper, which is similar to the full style but doesn't have a back part supporting the ankle. This is the most basic type and is super easy to slip on, so even young children should be able to put this style on by themselves. That said, they're prone to slipping off too, so they could be an issue for kids who tend to zoom around the house at high speeds!
Lastly, you have the boot-style slipper. These, as the name suggests, cover most of the foot and usually go up to at least above the ankle. They’re excellent for the winter months as they offer more warmth and coverage. However, as you’d expect, they can be a bit too stuffy in the summer.
After you’ve decided on the style, it’s time to consider the cosiness. The easiest way to do this is by thinking about the qualities of the upper material. Natural textile materials such as cotton and sheepskin offer a plush, comfortable feeling against the skin and shouldn't cause any irritation.
You can also expect to find synthetic materials such as faux fur and manmade suede. These tend to be more breathable, making them a better option if you’re looking for slippers to be worn during the warmer months. Plus, they're robust, which is an essential quality for footwear that will be worn by small children — as we're sure most parents will agree!
You'll also want to think about the soles of the slippers — this feature is often overlooked, even when adults buy a pair for themselves. Finding a set of good soles will keep your child grounded and prevent them from sliding all over the place, which will minimise injuries during playtime.
The most widely available option is rubber, a non-slip material that will give your little one a decent grip on slippery surfaces. Not only that, but it’ll also keep their feet dry if they happen to wander off into the garden wearing their slippers. EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) is great too, as it's more flexible than regular rubber and hence slightly comfier.
Synthetic soles, which are usually made from hardened latex, are another option. These aren’t as grippy as rubber soles on wet surfaces, but they do a decent job on a dry floor. They aren't very effective at keeping heat in though, so you’ll want to make sure your child wears some socks too during the colder months.
It's widely known that young children are much more likely to wear something if they like the look of it. For this reason, you'll need to find a design that engages them if you want them to commit to wearing their slippers. So, find a pair with a fun theme such as dinosaurs, unicorns or their favourite cartoon.
However, if you’re looking for something for slightly older children or teenagers, we recommend opting for a pair that looks a little more grown-up. Your best bet will be classic colours and a design that prioritises comfort over anything else.
Now that we’ve covered all the important factors to consider when browsing slippers for your little one, let's get straight to the recommendations. Prepare for a cuteness overload!
|Upper Material||Unknown (plush)|
|Sole Material||Unknown (non-slip)|
|Upper Material||Faux suede and synthetic fur|
|Sole Material||TPE (rubber)|
|Style||Half, with an open toe|
|Upper Material||Sheepskin textile|
|Upper Material||Synthetic, faux fur|
|Sole Material||EVA (rubber)|
MK Matt Keely
Cute Dinosaur Slippers
Children's Padabout Slipper Socks
Children's Fluff Yeah Sliders
Cute Children's Winter Slippers
Plush Slippers Fluffy Boots
Children's Moccasin Slippers
Children's House Crest Slippers
Colourful Unicorn Slippers
Comfortable, Cosy and Cute
Indoor Moon Boots That'll Keep Feet Snug
For the Fashion Conscious Child or Teen
100% Adorable, With a Soft Synthetic Upper
Gotta Wear ‘Em All
The Multipurpose Option
Give the Gift of Fluffy Claws
Slippers to Suit the Old at Heart
Perfect for Wannabe Wizards
Technicolour Stunners in a Magical Design
|Style||Full||Boot||Half, with an open toe||Half||Full||Half||Boot||Full||Full||Full|
|Upper Material||Fur||Synthetic, faux fur||Sheepskin textile||Synthetic||Polyester||Synthetic||Synthetic||Faux suede and synthetic fur||Textile||Unknown (plush)|
|Sole Material||EVA (rubber)||Synthetic||Rubber||Rubber||Unknown||Synthetic||TPE (rubber)||Unknown||Rubber||Unknown (non-slip)|
|Design||Dinosaur||Space-themed||Block colour||Mouse||Pokémon||Spiderman||Dinosaur||Block colour||Harry Potter||Unicorn|
If you're stuck for ideas when it comes to kids' shoes, we've got plenty more stylish and comfortable suggestions to suit small feet! Check out our favourite trainers, snow boots and school shoes below.
So, that was our guide to the best kids' slippers to buy online this year. We hope we've helped you find a pair that your little one will love and that they'll wear often. Here's to toasty tootsies for the whole family!
Author: Lewis Clark
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