There is more to a slipper than you may realise. Not only do they keep feet warm and comfortable, but they also protect them. Many people love to go barefoot, but there can be a risk of injury which can be dangerous, especially for the elderly or diabetics. Flooring surfaces have also become a lot harder and unforgiving on our soft tissues and joints.
Here are my top 10 tips for choosing slippers this season:
- Choose ones which have a non-slip sole to prevent slips and falls -especially important for the elderly
- Slippers with a back offer more support
- Slippers without a back can encourage clawing of the toes and a rigid ankle and can be a trip-hazard for some people
- They can be a breeding ground for fungal infections so make sure the fabric is washable and wash them regularly or if suede or leather, spray with a preventative spray such as Imperial Feet Shoe and Sock Spray
- When washing synthetic slippers, to reduce the risk of shrinkage, place in a pillowcase and put on a slow spin cycle with a wool wash
- For extra comfort, look for slippers with cushioned insoles, arch supports, contoured footbeds or memory foam
- If you need to wear orthotics, make sure the footbed is removable to accommodate them or look for an orthotic slipper with contoured footbed
- If you have a wide foot, a foot problem or injury, make sure you choose a wide-fitting slipper otherwise they can encourage ingrowing toenails, corns, etc.
- If you always have ‘hot’ feet, I recommend wearing an open-toed slipper or an orthotic flip flop
- To look after your feet, you may need to spend a little more money on a good pair of slippers
If you are having difficulty finding the right slippers, I recommend and sell Strive and Vionic slippers which are more supportive than an ordinary slipper and have a contoured footbed with arch support, so please contact me for more information and advice.