With holidays and cold weather around the corner (and nowhere to go) I am ready to cozy up with warm toesies. But after switching to barefoot shoes I found my old slippers insufferably tight and uncomfortable. Fortunately, switching to healthier slipper options is a lot easier than you’d think. As long as you know what to look for in a shoe you’ll be able to find barefoot slippers lots of places!
For your convenience, here is a list of barefoot approved minimalist slippers & socks that are completely flat, spacious, and still super warm.
If you’re looking for slippers with more substance to them than socks, here is a list of barefoot approved options. I’ve heard reports of great finds at Wal-mart and other big box stores, so don’t feel limited to these! If you are searching for barefoot slippers on your own be wary of hidden heel wedges underneath the insole (you can often rip them out) and backless slippers that aren’t secure.
- Softstar Shoes – The Fireside slipper is my personal favorite. I wear mine every day in the winter. They also have the Merino Zen which my son wears and is a nice house shoe.
- Kingdom of Wow – So soft and cozy! I like the high top version because they fit more securely.
- Wildling Lotus – I adore these slippers, my second favorite after the Softstar Fireside. I added an extra Wildling insole for warmth and to fill up some space. The toe box is medium width, but it has molded to my foot and the rubber bottom is good for slippery floors. It can also be found in a low cut version called the Nelus.
- Xero Pagosa – These fleecy slippers have a rubber bottom and a collapsible heel. They’re super light and flexible and are perfect for Justin who has a Xero-shaped foot.
- Lems Drifter Fur – Cozy lined slip-ons with rubber outsole for either indoor or outdoor use and optional collapsible heel. Justin loves them! They also look cool. Find Men’s Drifter Fur here
- Be Lenka – Made from recycled polyester felt. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off
- Kyrgies – The Wovens are my favorite. The Slides are also zero drop (others are not)
- High Plains – These are a good alternative to Softstar Fireside but with a rubber outsole. Best for high volume feet because the ankle opening is wide.
- Zeazoo Dingo – These have a rubber outsole and I wear mine as outdoor shoes, but they also can be used as very warm slippers. Customers outside the US/Canada can get them from Zeazoo Kids and get 5% off with code ANYASREVIEWS
- Baa Lamb Slippers (New Zealand) – You can also order via their Instagram
- Manitobah -This indigenous owned brand makes slippers with a good square toe box shape. Best for high volume feet.
- Feelmax – Koli slippers made with wool
- Glerups – These are zero drop, but have a narrower toe box than I prefer. Best for slim feet.
- Padraig Cottage
- Falke Cosyshoes
- Baabuk Yves
- The Leather Works
- Smartwool Hudson Trail Slipper
- Verloop (vegan) – Samantha has these and loves them! A bit more cushion to the sole when brand new, but it compresses with wear. Sustainably made with deadstock yarn.
- Walmart – Joyspun brand slippers
Barefoot House Shoes
Don’t want something warm? Here’s some unlined options!
- Softstar Shoes – The Roo is an unlined leather moccasin for adults.
- Posh Panda – Read my Posh Panda review!
- Tikki Indoor
- Zeazoo Kiwi – Get 5% off with code
- Starry Knight Design – Soft sole leather slippers with wool insole, and optional add-on rubber sole. This one has a slightly tapered toe box, best for medium or narrow toes.
Barefoot Slipper Socks
These are my jam. I prefer to be barefoot as much as possible, so these are perfect for a real barefoot feel but plenty of cozy warmth. I like the kind that have grippy sticky things on the bottom so I feel secure on my hard floors, but they’re still essentially socks and in no way restrictive. This list is far from exhaustive, you can find this type of slipper many places, but here are a few good options.
- Etsy – I love to support artisan craftspeople, and there are many hand made minimalist slippers available on Etsy.
- Jane & Bleeker – I have these exact ones (in the photo above)!
- Tibetan Socks
- Pudus (vegan)
- Love Woolies
Barefoot Socks that Don’t Pinch Your Toes
I am a huge fan of cozy socks both for lounging around and to wear with my boots. But I do not like socks that pinch my toes. Here is a list of toe socks and anatomical socks that allow for full toe splay so you can keep warm this cold season. These are socks you can wear with Correct Toes (inside the regular socks, outside the toe socks).
- Knitido Plus – Use code ANYA20 for 20% off
- Knitido DE – Lots of different option than at the first shop! Use code ANYA10 for 10%
- Injinji – I love my wool toe socks from Injinji. They have both toe socks and anatomical socks and they are my personal favorite sock brand.
- ToeToe (UK) – This is the only brand I haven’t tried personally, but they look great and I’ve heard good things.
- Leg Warmers – Leg warmers are awesome for keeping you warm but leaving your toes free! I often use leg warmers with a pair of thinner toe socks in my boots.
- Chunky Boot Socks – I wear these all the time in Instagram posts (you guys love ’em!), they are one of my favorite finds for spacious socks that have that perfect chunky look. They are so cozy, so cute, and allow for all the toe movement. Fun fact, they were a gift from my BFF two years ago (shown in photo above).
- People Socks – I stole these from my husband and now use them as house slippers. Sizing up in thick wool socks is a great option if you are having trouble finding cozy socks that don’t squish your toes. Wool also molds to your foot shape!
And there you have it! You can keep your feet toasty warm and still maintain full range of motion and barefoot comfort throughout the cold season. And while you’re at it, throw in some of the foot exercises below!
If you’re looking to actually leave your house this winter, there are loads of great barefoot boots options that will keep you warm and still meet all the barefoot criteria. Check out this huge list of barefoot winter boots for plenty of choices for men and women. Let the barefoot-ing continue even when it’s frigid outside!
Got kids? This Barefoot Shoes for Kids post has my favorites kids winter boots listed. Happy Holidays all!