When it's cold, it helps to have slipper socks around, trust. I recently made the move from sunny, warm Los Angeles to also sunny, but exponentially colder, Salt Lake City. I haven't experienced actual seasons in 12 years, which means I am woefully unprepared for any weather that falls below 60 degrees. Since I can't pull a bear and hibernate until winter is over (job, responsibilities, inability to lower my body temperature eight to 12 degrees, etc), I've been prepping for the cold months ahead (and indulging my shopping habit) by purchasing all things snuggly and cozy—including as many pairs of slipper socks as I can convince my S.O. are "serotonin-ly necessary."
What are slipper socks, exactly?
Slipper socks are hybrid between socks and slippers (pretty much what they sound like), and generally what differentiates them is that they have non-slip grippers or non-skid soles, so they're easier to walk around in on hard floors. Most have some kind of super soft, thick interior lining to protect feet from the cold.
In addition to keeping your feet cozy and warm, these cozy slipper-sock hybrids are also a podiatrist-approved way to make your footsteps lighter. Use their power for good. Here, we've rounded up the best of the best (and restrained myself from making any "getting cold feet"-related jokes).
The warmest slipper socks
When the temperature dips, having a pair of warm slipper socks (or two) can be the winning piece of wardrobe to help take the edge off. Keep your feet toasty with these options made from cozy polyester, fleece, wool and more.
You can find just about anything, from a raindrop cake baking kit to a handcrafted teapot on Uncommon Goods, including these hand knit socks. These thick, cozy socks are made with raw Patagonian sheep wool by independent artisan women in Chile.
Made with a heavy, thick lining and featuring non-skid bottoms, these slipper socks are the very definition of “toasty.” And reviewers think so, too. “So I bought these as a gift for my mother and now I can’t stop hearing about how great they are, so this review isn’t from me, but my mother [who] talks my ear off about how great they are, so go make that mother or mother-in-law of yours happy,” one reviewer says about these slipper socks. Another, who lives in Alaska, writes that they feel “like a warm, cozy massage, or like your feet are floating on cloud nine.”
The softest slipper socks
If you want your feet to feel like they're walking on a cloud, consider these socks the perfect fit. Not only are they warm, but their plush fabrics will make you want to keep them on hours on end.
One reviewer called these “just about the warmest and soft slippers ever. I’m in love!”while another said, “Buy 5 pairs. Take them on plane trips. Wear them at the office. Wear them to bed when you feel restless. Wear them to movie night. Buy, buy, buy.” The pom pom ties bounce with you as you walk and are, to put it bluntly, adorable.
This set of three plush pairs of socks comes in a variety of different colors that can best be described as “effortlessly chic” (yes, slipper socks *can* be chic) and “something Celeste would wear on Big Little Lies.” Each sock has silicone grips on the bottom to keep you from slipping when you have to chase after your dog because he somehow got ahold of the toilet brush. Or, you know, whatever your reason.
Another more affordable option, these socks come as a pack of three. “These are just the right combination of warmth plus safety,” writes one reviewer. “They’re a relatively thick knit material, but not so heavy that my feet sweat.” Reviewers also say that the no-slip grips on the bottoms are comfortable to walk around on.
If you love the feel and warmth of wool socks, this Falke pair is for you. They’re made with stretch virgin wool to fit snugly on your foot, and they have cuffs so your ankles can stay cozy, too. Grippy soles will let you run around on your hardwood floors, and they come in off-white, light grey, and dark grey.
The best slipper socks for women
With an endless array of options for women's slippers socks, where does one begin? Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
Life comes at you fast—one day you’re crushing a 7 a.m. Saturday workout while hungover, the next you’re telling anyone who will listen about your favorite sock brands. Because apparently you have favorite sock brands and also very strong opinions about them. Related: Bombas is one of my favorite sock brands, and their slipper socks do not disappoint.
Introducing me to Stance was the best thing my former on-again, off-again personal trainer beau ever did for me. I do not trust his opinion on anything else (he had Machine Gun Kelly paintings that he may or may not have painted himself hanging in his bedroom), but damn if he wasn’t spot on about Stance’s socks. This slipper iteration is heavily cushioned and provides lots of support and warmth without feeling bulky.
The best slipper socks for men
Compiled below are some of our favorite slipper socks for men. These options look and feel so good you'll be tempted to wear them as your everywhere-you-go socks, (shoes optional).
As mentioned, Bombas is one of my favorite sock brands. In addition to making some of the best slipper socks for women, they also make some of the best for men. They feature a soft brush lining inside that keep feet warm and comfortable (not sweaty), and they also come with a travel bag for convenience.
Like a sweater for your feet, these ragg wool blend slipper socks are made for chilly days. They have a faux fur insole and a polyurethane sole. One reviewer said, “If you’re a wool person like me, you’ll really like these. Just like your favorite pair of comfy, wool crew socks, but with the durable sole. Fit is loose, not binding.”
These slipper socks could almost pass for dress socks, with their cool argyle pattern. They’re double knitted to be extra warm, and have a spongey sole with silicon grips to prevent slipping or sliding. All the seams are also on the outside so they won’t irritate your feet.
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