How to find cool slippers for adults
You’d expect that finding the right pair of slippers would be an easy task since they’re not exactly pretentious footwear. Yeah, right! Maybe under Communism, where you get a regulation pair of slippers supplied by the state (we suspect). But with a free market, there’s always a wealth of models to choose from, even when it comes to something as apparently trivial as a pair of slippers. This can make even the most decisive of minds waver between apparently equally worthwhile choices. “Should I go for the traditional bunny model or dare for a novelty “bigfoot” slipper?”; “A full slipper or something more open?”; “Plastic, fabric, or pretentious leather?”; “What type of slippers will impress my crush?” These are just some of the questions that go through the modern slipper buyer’s mind, and there are of course a whole lot of things most of us never even consider when browsing what’s for sale. Some of these can be crucially important and can make the difference between an awesome slipper experience and a trip to the ER.
This is why we compiled a list of things to be mindful of when purchasing your next pair of slippers.
How we chose cool slippers for adults
This is unquestionably the most important aspect that one has to have in mind, but sadly one that many prospective buyers chose to ignore.
It’s quite a well-known piece of trivia that most accidents happen at home, predominantly around the areas of the house where we tend to wear our slippers the most, namely the bathroom and the kitchen.
Stone tiled floors are famously slippery when wet, and they tend to get wet quite a lot. We should hence look for slippers that provide optimum traction, so we don’t lose our footing as easily. Most slippers have a flat sole, which provides very poor grip. But some items can have shallow striations, as pronounced as the thickness of the sole would allow. While not exactly climbing boot worthy, these are better than nothing, and we recommend you consider them while purchasing.
The material of the sole has a more significant impact on traction. Plastic, especially harder plastic, is pretty bad at preventing your foot from veering off, but hard foam can handle a little better, and rubber is especially good at adhering to slick surfaces. It can be responsible for some very annoying sounds in contact with a polished stone floor, especially when new, but we recommend you simply ignore this for the sake of safety.
There’s also a plethora of fire hazards in a kitchen, and slippers should be chosen accordingly. Any plastic material tends to melt rather than burn, which makes for okay fire resistance, but something like a cigarette ember can simply melt through soft plastic and get to the foot underneath. Natural textiles and rubber fare a lot better, but these are harder to find.
Crushing resistance is not something we immediately associate with fluffy footwear, but plastic fur imitation can save you a lot of pain by cushioning the impact of hard objects you might happen to drop.
A slipper’s main function is to keep your feet warm, both by providing insulation and preventing them from touching the cold floor. You should consider how cold does your house really get and shop accordingly. Particularly fluffy slippers, especially those with some novelty design that uses a lot of material might prove too warm and make your feet sweat. While equally comfortable, thin textile ones can provide for a little warmth.
See how well the fit, and how much they “give in” while walking. Very loose fitting slippers with a heavy sole tend to flip flop a lot and can be responsible for some very annoying “clap” noises when the part directly underneath your heel touches the floor.
Closed slippers or sandal slippers are ideal for wearing but can sometimes prove too warm, while more open slippers that are ideal during summer months can cause blisters at the root of your toes, especially if made of a rubbery material. If you can’t try them out, best you look for a sandal design for the latter.
Style for men
What are some cool things? Flames, race-car stripes, motorbikes, jet fighters, etc. Some of those are admittedly hard to incorporate as themes for footwear design, but that doesn’t stop novelty slipper manufacturers to come up with all sorts of imaginative ideas.
You can get a wide variety of plushy footwear in any form, from wolves, puppies, and elephants, to zombies and the already ubiquitous bunnies to wear both ironically and unironically. Be warned, however, that most jokes concerning obvious juxtapositions such as between bunny slippers and slovenly middle aged men had already been made, so only go for them at the risk of appearing unoriginal.
Even some particularly high-quality grandfather slippers or Prince Alberts might prove cool for guys by giving a bit of lordly prestige when associated with the proper robe. What you have to take care for in this case is not to appear like a copycat of some later day ridiculous YouTubers, so definitely avoid this look if you have to try too hard at it.
Style for women
Cutesy fluffy animal designs might make for some cool slippers for the ladies under a certain age, and complete an otherwise adorable look. For the more serious minded, there are a lot of slipper designs, some of them even high heeled, that add a plus of distinction and elegance by looking very similar to a shoe.
There are manufacturers out there that allow for anyone to customize their slippers with an image of their choice. Much like T-shirts, these can become either the most awesome slippers for adults or a testament to the user’s lack of imagination.
You can decorate them with pictures of friends or family members, use them to make witty jokes or even political statements. A somewhat courageous company was producing Sarah Palin themed Chuck Taylors a while back. Why not go for some Ann Coulter slippers to make your liberal acquaintances fume?