Sliding your tootsies into a pair of slippers after a day’s work—on the trail, the slopes or even the office—holds a special place. It’s the exclamation point on any adventure, a triumphant return to the creature comforts. Slippers cushion your feet, provide critical support and, in some cases, even help aid in recovery. But with a variety of styles and features, it can be tricky to find the best shoes to complement your lifestyle.
Not to worry: Our members put the best slippers sold at the co-op to the test all over the country this year. So, whether you’re looking for a comfy camp shoe, a warm après-ski slide, a grippy loafer for walking the dog or a daily driver for the home office, we’ve got your feet covered. These are our favorite slippers of the year.
For quick recommendations, check out the winners of our round-robin here, or scroll down for in-depth reviews.
- Best All-Around Slippers & REI Co-op Editors' Choice Award Winner: Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons (Women’s and Men’s)
- Best Camp Shoes: REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons
- Best Mountaineering Booties: Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties (Women’s and Men’s)
- Best Après-Ski Shoes: The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mules V (Women’s and Men’s)
Other Top Performers
- Best Travel Shoes: OluKai Nohea Slippers (Women’s) and Kipuka Hulu Slippers (Men’s)
- Best House Shoes: glerups Model A Shoe Slippers (Women’s and Men’s)
- Best Slippers for Kids: Chaco Ramble Puff Slippers
Best All-Around Slippers & REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Award Winner
Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons
Materials Recycled ripstop polyester (upper), recycled rib knit (collar), recycled polyester (heel) and recycled polyester microfiber (lining)
Outsole Rubber (50% recycled)
Test Results: Alternate name for our round-robin top performer? The Eleventh Essential. The Teva ReEmber—a more sustainably designed iteration of the ever-popular Ember Moc—is a camp shoe at first glance. It’s a slip-on with a cozy microfiber lining and a durable, quilted ripstop upper that shrugs off dirt and spilled chili mac. It has an EVA midsole for structure and support and a robust rubber outsole that can handle rocky, rooty terrain and even a bit of snow. And at just a hair over a pound for a pair, the ReEmber makes the cut for overnight excursions.
But though you may initially buy for the campground, this do-it-all slipper will sneak into your everyday rotation—and your heart. Our testers dig the ReEmber for the crag and the ski resort parking lot; they wear it to the grocery store and the dog park. They reach for the ReEmber all the time—making it an obvious pick for an REI Editors' Choice Award.
Highlights: The ReEmber has a collapsible heel, which transforms the slipper into an even-easier-to-wear clog. Also, if you remove the footbed, you can toss the ReEmber in the laundry machine on a delicate cycle (let air dry). Lowlights: There aren’t many but do note that there isn’t additional insulation fill in the ReEmber. It’s plenty warm for most three-season adventures, but if you’re looking for a super-warm bootie or something to wear inside your sleeping bag, keep reading. Buy here.
Bottom Line: The Teva ReEmber’s cozy, quilted design and capable outsole make a compelling case for bringing comfort wherever you go.
- Days out: 320
- Testing states: California, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, plus Catalonia and South Africa
- Best testing story: When one tester realized that the 8-mile skin to her group’s campsite in Colorado’s San Juan Range was snow-free for the first half, she had to choose between hiking in ski boots or hiking in Teva ReEmbers while schlepping a winter overnight pack. “I went with the ReEmbers, of course,” she says. “No blisters, and turns out, they’re supportive enough for Colorado hiking.”
Best Camp Shoes
REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons
Materials Ripstop polyester (upper) and recycled PET polyester FirmaKnit (lining)
Insulation Recycled polyester fill
Outsole TerraGrip rubber (20% recycled)
Test Results: “These slippers are the only thing that can get me out of my sleeping bag in the morning,” declares one tester. And, really, that’s all you can ask for of a good camp shoe. The new Camp Dreamer from REI Co-op is an insulated slip-on that takes its cues from the popular Stormhenge jacket—recycled synthetic fill makes it a lot like a tiny puffy jacket for your foot, while a supple recycled polyester liner is cozy next to bare skin.
But the Camp Dreamer blurs the line between indoor tent slipper and outdoor camp shoe well. A sturdy ripstop upper protects your foot from mud and light weather. It’s structured, too, which, when paired with a PU midsole, gives the Camp Dreamer enough oomph to support you on easy walks and hikes. The rubber outsole has a pattern of shallow lugs or bumps which give the slipper a hint of traction. It was capable enough for one tester whose “quick jaunt” to a secret river near camp turned into a sportier, off-trail adventure. That said, the low heel design means the Camp Dreamer doesn’t hug your foot as snugly as other options here.
The more rigid upper of the Camp Dreamer certainly makes it feel more supportive than a slipper with a socklike fit, but some testers thought it felt clunky. Consider sizing down, and note the unisex sizing. Buy here.
Bottom Line: Insulation, support, traction and durability make the REI Co-op Camp Dreamer a can’t-go-wrong pick for the campground.
- Days out: 111
- Testing states: California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
- Best testing story: One tester accidentally walked to the crag in Moab, Utah, while still wearing the Camp Dreamers after a lazy morning in camp and happily rocked them all day. “Once I find a good reason to take them off, I will,” he said at the time. “But for now, the only one I can think of is when it’s time to switch to climbing shoes, so until then, these things are sticking to my feet like glue.”
For your consideration, reader, please also enjoy this runner-up testing story: “I wore the Camp Dreamers when putting up the Christmas lights this year,” says a co-op member based just outside Fort Collins, Colorado. “My feet were warm, and I never fell off the ladder or roof, so that’s good.”
Best Mountaineering Booties
Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties
Materials Polyester (shell) and tricot (lining)
Insulation Recycled polyester fill with a 1.5mm PrimaLoft® Aerogel insert
Outsole PU-polyester blend
Closure Single-pull lace
Test Results: When staying warm is the name of the game, you want the Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel booties. The Tundra is packed with synthetic insulation that actually lofts like a sleeping bag and continues to insulate even when wet. Inside, a soft, breathable tricot lining is cozy next to bare skin, and underfoot, Outdoor Research designers inserted a 1.5mm layer of Aerogel. The same stuff used in space suits, Aerogel is basically a waterless gel that insulates but weighs next to nothing, shielding your foot from the cold ground when you’re standing on snow.
But all that warmth would be for naught if the Tundra was too heavy or bulky to make the cut on overnight trips where weight and space are of the essence. But a pair of Tundras weighs about as much as a freeze-dried meal (roughly 9 ounces, depending on size) and squeezes down to grapefruit size. “I stuff each Tundra bootie into a crevice in my pack, no problem,” one editor says.
Though the Tundra has a semblance of an outsole, don’t confuse this bootie with a camp shoe. The “outsole” is more of a ruggedized coating, and there’s no midsole. Wear it in your sleeping bag or tent, inside the cook tent or even on short jaunts to the outhouse, but don’t plan on off-roading. Buy here.
Bottom Line: Warm, packable and lightweight, the Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel is a nonnegotiable for winter camping.
- Days out: 32
- Testing states: Colorado, Washington and Wyoming, plus Canada
- Best testing story: Three of our testers were converted to the bootie life after trying out the Tundra Aerogel. One says, “I didn’t realize I had so much misplaced love in my life.” Another says, “I took the Tundras on a three-day winter-camping trip in Grand Teton National Park, and by day two, I was the only one whose feet were still dry and warm in the community tent. I’ll never underestimate the power of slippers on a ski trip ever again.”
Best Après-Ski Shoes
The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mules V
Materials Recycled PET ripstop polyester (shell) and polyester fleece (collar and lining)
Insulation Recycled ThermoBall™ Eco polyester fill
Outsole Rubber (20% recycled)
Test Results: There’s no feeling quite like peeling off a stiff plastic ski boot and sliding your foot into The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mule. The lofted insulation and cushioned footbed deliver “the softest, pillowiest landing,” one tester wrote on her feedback form. And we can all agree: Short of shredding endless powder, there may be no better sensation for skiers on planet Earth.
The brand’s ThermoBall™ Eco insulation wraps your foot in a warm hug like a puffy jacket or mountaineering bootie, but the Traction Mule is built tougher. “This isn’t the bootie for stuffing in the bottom of your sleeping bag,” one Breckenridge, Colorado-based tester says. “This is the shoe for icy sidewalks, snowy pathways and parking-lot tailgates.” A soft EVA midsole gives the Traction Mule running-shoe DNA and enough support for all-day wear. And a grippy rubber outsole embossed with braille-like patterning keeps you upright on slick pavement.
Testers in Jackson, Wyoming, loved the easy on-off of the Traction Mule, which has a collapsible heel and elastic side paneling. Durability is subpar, though. The Traction Mule will shed light precip and mud thanks to a DWR coating, but it’s still a lot like your puffy jacket—one tester’s mule suffered a tear amidst some haphazard packing and needed a duct tape patch. Buy here.
Bottom Line: Synthetic insulation for warmth and a burlier outsole for grip on slick terrain make The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mule V our pick for skiers or snowboarders.
- Days out: 22
- Testing states: California, Colorado and Washington
- Best testing story: “I don’t carry a pack when I’m skiing in the resort, but I love wearing the Traction Mules on the commute,” explains our Breckenridge tester, who takes a bus from his neighborhood to the resort gondola. “I’ll change into my hard boots on the gondola and either stuff the Traction Mules in a jacket pocket (a pair weighs roughly a pound) or clip them to the key leash on my pants.”
Other Top Performers
Best Travel Shoes
OluKai Nohea Slippers
Materials Nubuck leather (upper), wool shearling (lining) and polyester elastic (paneling)
Test Results: A capable loafer with sneaky comfort, the OluKai Nohea Slipper (and Kipuka Hulu Slipper) is an ideal travel companion. It starts with all-day support from a PU midsole and cushy gel insert that help land the slip-on in the grey area between “sneaker” and “slipper.” The contoured footbed delivers more arch support than other slippers on our list—a helpful design feature for folks who spend a lot of the day on their feet.
Next comes the comfort you’d expect from a slipper. Plush wool shearling lines the inside of the shoe, creating a fleecy cocoon for your foot. (Nice: Because it’s naturally antimicrobial wool, it resists stink, so rock on sans socks, if that’s your jam.) The footbed also has a soft wool cover that’s removable (and washable).
Finally, our testers lauded the collapsible heel, which allows you to wear the Nohea or Kipuka Hulu as a slide—perfect for speedy airport security transitions yet secure enough for racing to your connection. Buy the Nohea Slipper or Kipuka Hulu Slipper.
Best House Shoes
glerups Model A Shoe Slippers
Material Silk-wool blend (upper)
Test Results: A marvel of comfort, the glerups Model A is the sort of shoe we bet you’ll wear until it’s threadbare—then replace and do it all again. The felt slip-on feels like a cozy wool sock with some underfoot support, and testers and customers alike exalt its ability to mold to your foot over time.
The bootie is constructed with SilkFit®, a silk-wool blend that cashes in on the benefits of both materials. Silk makes is soft, not scratchy, and wool provides natural insulation and breathability. “The Model A is the sort of shoe you’ll forget you’re wearing,” one tester says. “It’s always warm, but never too warm.” The blend resists odor, too.
A leather outsole provides enough traction for indoor wear or running out to the mailbox, but these aren’t meant for big trips beyond the front door. Buy here.
Best Slippers for Kids
Chaco Ramble Puff Slippers - Kids'
Materials Ripstop polyester (upper) and polyester fleece (lining)
Closure Adjustable, single-pull webbing
Test Results: Kiddos deserve comfy toes too, which is why REI staffers swear by the Chaco Ramble Puff for their little ones. Like a fleece for a tiny foot, the Ramble Puff’s quilted design delivers warmth and next-to-skin softness, which our testers say is perfect for the campground or colder days outside.
And “outside” is on the table for the Ramble Puff, which has a burly rubber outsole and a wraparound rand that protects the upper from scuffs. The shoe isn’t waterproof, but the ripstop upper sheds snow, mud and small splashes without problem. The adjustable closure is easy for small hands to negotiate.
Best part? If you’re envious of your kiddo’s adventure-ready slippers, Chaco makes a grown-up version, too. Buy the Ramble Puff Kids’, Women’s or Men’s.
When choosing slippers, the first factor to consider is where you intend to wear them. Do you plan on leaving your house or even your sleeping bag? Pinning down your end use will ultimately affect whether or not your new kicks should have an outsole or midsole and, if so, how rugged.
Next, consider the weather, conditions and seasonality. This will help you determine if your slippers should have insulation and, again, how much. Finally, ask yourself how much weight and packability matter.
The outsole is what many of us think of when we hear the word, “sole.” It’s the outermost sole on footwear—that layer of rubber or tread that protects the shoe and your foot from the ground. The outsole is also responsible for providing you with traction.
If you intend to wear your slippers outside, as a substitute for other footwear, you’ll need an outsole. If, however, you’re looking for a pair of tent or cabin booties, an outsole is likely unnecessary. (In fact, you may not even want one at all if your slippers are going inside your sleeping bag with you.)
The Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons, REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons and The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mules have the most robust outsoles in our round-up. Each has varying lug patterns—the spray of ridges, bumps and other patterning on the outsole—that deliver extra grip. You can wear these slippers outside, on the move and on snow or ice. The OluKai Nohea and Kipuka Hulu Slippers also have outsoles suitable for outdoor wear, as do the kid-friendly Chaco Ramble Puff Slippers.
The Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties and glerups Model A Slippers do not have traditional outsoles. The Tundras have a slight PU coating and the glerups a leather covering to protect them from tears and snags, but consider these booties “inside slippers,” ideal for keeping feet cozy inside a hut or cabin or even your sleeping bag. You can walk to the mailbox or on snow or ice, say from your tent to the cook tent or outhouse, but that’s about it. And, remember, no outsole = no lugs, which = no traction.
If you’ve determined that your slippers should have outsoles because you’re planning on wearing them outside, the next question is how much support you need. Your shoe’s support comes from its midsole, which is a layer of soft EVA (or ethylene vinyl acetate) foam or harder PU (or polyurethane) rubber that hides between its insole and outsole. Read more about midsoles in our Best Hiking Boots gear guide.
In this lineup, the REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons have the most supportive midsoles. They’re constructed of PU, which means they’re durable and a bit stiff—a lot like what you’ll find in most hiking shoes. You likely won’t feel pokey rocks and sticks underfoot, and the shoe won’t fold over on itself if you’re ascending or sidehilling. If you wanted, you could probably get away with light hiking while wearing the Camp Dreamer. Similarly, the OluKai Nohea Slippers and Kipuka Hulu Slippers feature hard-working PU midsoles. Both shoes are more durable than others on this list.
The Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons and The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mules have slighter midsoles made from EVA foam. They can handle everyday outdoor activities like commuting to the ski resort or running errands without issue.
Another factor to consider is insulation or warmth beyond what you’d get from a regular shoe and sock. If you plan to wear your slippers year-round, then eye something like the Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons, which don’t have additional insulation. They won’t be too hot for summer use, and come winter, you can wear thicker socks to bolster warmth.
If, however, you know that your slippers are destined for winter use or snowy campouts or long nights outside, you may want kicks with added warmth. That boost typically comes from synthetic filling stitched between the upper and lining that’s meant to mimic down.
The most insulating (read: warmest) slippers in our roundup are the Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties and The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mules, which each take design cues from a sleeping bag or puffy jacket.
Weight and Packability
A final consideration is whether you plan to travel with your slippers and to what extent. None of the products in this roundup are really heavy or bulky, but it’s all relative. A mountaineer may want something that weighs next to nothing like the Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties, but paying for such premium, highly packable materials may not be worth it for someone who just wants a pair of cozy slides for walking the dog.
We asked REI Co-op staff and members for their favorite slippers for everything from camping to working from home. Then we sent the most popular selections available at REI into the field for a year-long test.
We asked our member-testers to evaluate each slipper on its durability, traction, support, warmth and comfiness, relative to its intended use, on a 100-point scale. We also took each slipper’s sustainability attributes and price into account, then averaged the scores. The tallies here are the cumulative averages.
The Teva ReEmber Slip-On was the top overall performer and our selection for Best All-Around. The REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-On, Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Bootie and The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mule scored high in most areas, earning superlatives for their respective activities: camping, mountaineering and skiing. The OluKai Nohea Slipper and Kipuka Hulu Slipper, glerups Model A Shoe Slipper and Chaco Ramble Puff Slipper are great choices for very specific (more casual) use cases.
Photography by Andrew Bydlon.