Mumsnet is supported by readers. All our writers obsessively research every product we recommend. When you buy through a link on our site we might earn commission but this never influences our product choices.
There’s nothing worse than bare feet on a cold floor. Whether you’re a slippers-all-year-round kind of house or your slipper wearing is reserved for the depths of winter, you’ll want a quality pair to keep tiny toes warm.
Slippers don’t just keep your children’s feet from getting cold - they can save socked feet from slipping over and can aid foot development in babies and toddlers. Plus, with so many cute designs, they’re a big part of creating a hygge feeling at home as the nights draw in.
There are loads of different types of slippers out there - from leather to felt, rubber soles to slipper socks - it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve turned once again to our wise Mumsnetters for advice and recommendations, taking to the Talk forums to see which slippers real parents are buying their kids.
Here are the best kids’ slippers to buy in 2021.
1. Best overall kids’ slippers: Next Mule Slippers
Price: £10 | Buy now from Next
"Next always have nice ones and not expensive" - Sunshineandsparkle
We love Next’s range of kids’ slippers - they’re great quality, not too expensive and of course, cosy. These unisex mule slippers are lined with a Microfresh fabric that makes them soft and warm as well being able to eliminate odours. Unlike some other mule styles, these have plenty of depth at the heel, to stop them sliding off. They’re available in four colours and from a child’s size 9 right up to an adult’s 8, making them perfect for older kids and teens.
- Material: Textile
- Size range: Infant 9 - 8UK
2. Best budget kids’ slippers: Asda Pom Pom Slippers
Price: £5 | Buy now from Asda
These cute pom-pom slippers from Asda tick all the boxes while also being an utter bargain at just £5 (£6 for larger sizes). Featuring a full back and non-slip soles, these are brilliant basic slippers that do the job.
The faux fur is really soft and the pom-poms are a jaunty touch. They’ve got a good high ankle so they’ll stay on, but the sole is quite flimsy so they’re strictly for indoors only.
- Material: Textile
- Size range: infant 10 - 6UK
3. Best non-slip kids’ slippers: Joules Padabout Slippers
Price: £9 | Buy now from Amazon
These bootie slippers by Joules are a staple for wearing around the house. The soles are sturdy and grippy, and they’re lined with super-snuggly faux fur. There’s an ingenious elasticated cuff halfway up the boot which will make sure they’re comfy without being slouchy. We love the bright print and moccasin style stitching, plus the sole is good and thick, meaning they’re built to last while keeping feet nice and warm.
- Material: Polyester
- Size range: Infant 8 - 4UK
4. Best moccasin slippers: JoJo Maman Bebe Moccasin Slipper Socks
Price: £12 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bebe
"Last year I got my DS a slipper sock from JoJo Maman Bebe. I was really happy with them as they were socks above the ankles but had a thick sole with grips and no chance of coming off unless DS was sitting with his feet above his face pulling them off" - takenbywine
If you’re looking for something to keep your little one’s feet warm without getting in the way of them learning to walk, check out these moccasin slipper socks by JoJo Maman Bebe. With a soft, non-slip suede sole and thick, stretchy cotton designed to stay up, they’re brilliant for babies and toddlers to wear at home or out in the pram. Pull them up and over baby leggings for extra cosiness.
- Material: Cotton and suede
- Size range: 6 months - 4 years
5. Best rubber sole kids’ slippers: John Lewis Felt Boot Slippers
Price: £16 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
"I got these for DD for Christmas and they’ve lasted really well. Nice robust quality, not bulky, decent soles" - MotherWol
Just look at these delicious felt booties from John Lewis. Featuring a faux fur lining and an adorable pom pom, the boots are cut on the ankle so there’s no worrying about them falling off.
The rubber sole gives them an extra sturdiness so they’ll last and they’ll keep out any drafts on hard floors. We think these would make magical stocking fillers, ready for wearing on Christmas Day.
- Material: Polyester and rubber
- Size range: Infant 4 - 2UK
6. Best slipper boots for kids: Ugg Keelan Ankle Boot
Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
"I also love ugg style boots, they are so cosy and DS (1 y/o) just loves them, even when it's warm he tries to put them on too cute!" - SamVimesFavouriteDragon
For go-anywhere slippers that work just as well as boots, you can’t beat an Ugg. The early noughties staple is available in kids sizes and will keep small feet toasty wherever you are.
Naturally, the chunky sole makes Uggs less compact and flexible than other styles of slipper, plus if they’re worn outside you run the risk of treading dirt into the house. We think they’re best for houses with extra chilly floors.
- Material: Suede, leather and rubber
- Size range: Infant 8-11
7. Best slipper socks for kids: Baby Gap Crew Socks
Price: £15 (7-pack) | Buy now from Gap
"Gap socks come with non-slip rubber on the bottom. We've found the Gap socks good quality and keep their shape/size well" - Hulababy
"I've found gap socks to be the best for staying on - they also have gripped soles (in the form of "baby gap" written on the soles). They are miles better than any slipper socks or other socks - they haven't lost their shape or elasticity" - Iggly
Mumsnetters love Baby Gap socks. With their grippy logo soles and elasticated tops that magically stay on even the wriggliest little feet, they’re the best slipper socks around.
Gap has a huge range of bright and muted colours, and because the cotton’s really high quality and they stay on, you won’t have to keep replacing them. Baby Gap socks wash well and stretch to fit comfortably as your child grows, plus the grips on the soles don’t ever seem to get flattened or damaged.
- Material: Cotton jersey
- Size range: 12-24 months
8. Best fun kids’ slippers: Wynsors Claw Slippers
Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon
These roarsome slippers would make a brilliant gift. They’re soft and warm, with a good grippy sole and creepily convincing claws. The sole isn’t very thick, but that’s more than made up for by the padded upper. For a fun, novelty gift that’ll keep on giving, these are a good choice.
- Material: Synthetic
- Size range: infant 13 - 5UK
9. Best velcro kids’ slippers: Clarks Holmly Disney Slippers
Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon
"Clarks do great slippers for kids"
Clarks can be depended on for kids’ shoes of all descriptions, and their slippers are no different. A velcro fastening gives these Mickey Mouse slippers a traditional look, as well as teaching little ones some independence when it comes to taking their shoes on and off. The sturdy sole means feet will be warm and comfortable, plus they’ll withstand a small amount of outdoor wear.
- Material: Textile and synthetic
- Size range: Infant 4 - 9
10. Best baby slippers: Inch Blue Leather Soft Sole Shoes
Price: £22 | Buy now from Amazon
"Mine had Inch Blue slippers - all leather, not restrictive and go up from baby to older primary school age" - Allnamesaregone
"We have the inch blue ones, they are absolutely lovely! And the grippy soles ones really are grippy" - SamVinesFavouriteDragon
Made from the softest leather, Mumsnetters love Inch Blue’s baby slippers for the tiniest feet. Not only do they look adorable, the breathable leather allows babies’ feet to grow and move naturally, while keeping them warm. Featuring an elasticated ankle, the shoes are easy to put on and they really do stay on, without being restrictive in any way. With slippers available on the Inch Blue website in every colour and design you can imagine, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
- Material: Leather
- Size range: 0 - 24 months
What type of slippers are best for kids?
For babies and toddlers, it’s important to stick to soft-soled slippers so as not to get in the way of foot and walking development. With older kids, you’ll want to look for slippers with a high back so they won’t be constantly walking out of them. Look for lots of padding for maximum comfort, and a non-slip sole for safety on slippery floors.
What material is best for kids’ slippers?
As long as they’re soft and well fitted, older children’s slippers can be made of synthetic or natural fabrics. When it comes to babies and toddlers, leather is best as it’s breathable and supple enough not to restrict their growing feet.
What are the best kids’ slippers to buy?
We’ve chosen Next as the best place to shop for kids’ slippers. They have an excellent range of styles, all at reasonable prices.
How we chose our recommendations
Most of our recommendations for kids’ slippers come from Mumsnetters themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about kids’ slippers to see which ones Mumsnetters really rated. We also researched various review sites to find out which kids’ slippers both looked and performed well across the board.
Why you should trust us
We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.