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The best kids' slippers: cosy slip-ons for little feet

Ah, youth. While as adults we’re more than happy to receive socks, scarves and slippers (opens in new tab) for birthdays and holidays, such sensible gifts (opens in new tab) often get a lukewarm reception from small people. It’s almost as if they don’t care about proper posture or preserving their core body temperature at all, the ingrates. But pick something with a little bit of edge, brightly coloured, with a fun design, or featuring their favourite character, and suddenly getting them to wrap up warm becomes a whole lot easier. Read on for our guide to the best kids' slippers.

We’ve found the best slippers for toddlers, teenagers, big kids and small, cartoon-lovers, the style-conscious, and of course Star Wars fans (if you can name it, there’s a Star Wars version of it). There’s no right or wrong when it comes to finding the best pair of slippers for your lucky recipient, although if they’re likely to wear them a lot, and you’ve already spent a fortune on Start-Rite shoes, you might want to look for something with a bit of structure to keep all those growing bones exactly where they should be.

After that, it’s as easy as knowing what they’re into (although as we all know, that can change on a seemingly hourly basis). If they love their cartoons, cute character slippers are sure to put a smile on their face, while animal lovers are sure to appreciate quirky 3D designs with their favourite creature as a feature, and aspiring sartorial geniuses might appreciate just-like-the-grown-ups styles from bigger brands. 

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1. Peppa Pig Toddle Slippers

These cute Peppa Pig slippers are cosy and comfy for toddlers

Specifications

Best for: Toddlers
Colours: Pink multi
Type: Slipper shoe

Reasons to buy

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Great affordable gift for Peppa fans
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Velcro fastening

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most gender-neutral colour scheme 

Our favourite toddler slippers on the market right now are these lovely little Peppa Pig numbers. They’re easy to slip on, and fasten with a velcro strap which is easy for kids to handle themselves should they want to take matters into their own hands. Plus, they strike the right balance between sweet and sensible, with a cosy construction that’s also wipe-clean. 

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2. Minions Novelty Dave Slippers

Your resident Despicable Me fan will be chillin’ like a villain in these cool novelty slippers

Specifications

Best for: Fun
Colours: Yellow and blue
Type: Full slipper

Reasons to buy

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Huge and comfortable
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 Great for Despicable Me fans 

Reasons to avoid

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No structure 

Even if you’re not a fan of Despicable Me, these funny yellow fellows are sure to be instantly recognisable, and kids love them. These enormous slippers don’t have any structure to speak of, so they might take a while to get anywhere in them, but for sheer novelty value they can’t be beaten. Plus, immersing feet in their thick plush construction is a treat. 

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3. John Lewis Baby Zebra Slippers, Grey

Is there a cuter and comfier baby slipper on the market? Neigh.

Specifications

Best for: First steps
Colours: Grey printed
Type: Shoe slipper

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy and grippy for first-time walkers
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Cute zebra design with details

Reasons to avoid

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On the pricier side for baby slippers 

The downright adorable design and sturdy structure of these zebra baby slippers makes them our best pick for tiny toes. With sweet, tactile 3D details like ears and mane and a cosy soft lining, they’re both comforting and interesting for baby, and the zip fastening keeps them on (no matter how determined they are to kick them off). If they’re starting to walk, the sturdy TPR sole protects their feet and adds grip on hard floors. 

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4. Disney Star Wars Boys slippers

These Star Wars slippers are on the dark side, with printed details for an injection of fun

Specifications

Best for: Boys
Colours: Black printed
Type: Shoe slipper

Reasons to buy

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Shoe-like rubber sole
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Cool Star Wars designs

Reasons to avoid

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Aimed more at boys 

For another year running, Star Wars slippers are proving a popular choice all over the galaxy, and these ones are our pick of the bunch. With a robust rubber sole and elasticated fitting, they can go racing all over the house without slipping, and there’s a choice of fun character designs for them to choose from, including Yoda and C3PO.

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5. Girls Nifty Kids 3D Novelty Unicorn Slippers

These darling unicorn slippers are a magical gift for girls of all ages

Specifications

Best for: 3D novelty
Colours: White multi
Type: Full slipper

Reasons to buy

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Awesome unicorn design with 3D details
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Girly novelty slipper

Reasons to avoid

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Quite pricey for kids’ slippers 

If you’re after a pair of novelty kids’ slippers but aren’t sold on minions, these 3D unicorn slippers are a great, very girly alternative. Bright, colourful, and very sweet, these are a real statement slipper for sleepovers, chilling out on Sundays, or showing off on Christmas morning. Reviewers loved that they weren’t unwieldy, even for such a large slipper, so they’re unlikely to trip, too. 

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6. Clarks Shilo Rise First

Every kid wants a pet monster - these deceptively sensible slippers are the next best thing

Specifications

Best for: Sensible choice
Colours: Blue
Type: Shoe slipper

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy and comfortable
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Good for wide feet

Reasons to avoid

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Only one style 

These might seem pricey for something that growing feet mighty soon burst out of, but their sturdy, supportive design makes them well worth the price. Non-slip bottoms and a riptape fastening mean they can go happily haring around the place while staying secure and supported, and the cheerful monster design is appealing for boys and girls alike. 

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7. UGG Children's Cozy II Sheepskin Slippers

A luxurious buy packed with snuggly materials for older kids of discerning taste

Specifications

Best for: Older kids
Colours: Tan
Type: Mule slip on

Reasons to buy

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Very soft and warm
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Luxurious sheepskin upper

Reasons to avoid

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Hugely expensive 

For the fashion-conscious teenager or tweenager, these distinctly adult-looking slippers are a great buy. These eschew the novelty stylings so often found in children’s slippers without sacrificing any of the cosiness, which is ensured by their outrageously soft genuine sheepskin lining. They’re not clumsy, either, with their grippy and durable EVA sole. Who knows, these might even raise a smile... 

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8. Chipmunks Boys Tommy Tiger Slippers

As a structured alternative to squishy novelty slippers, these tiger boots are grrrrrreat

Specifications

Best for: Structured novelty
Colours: Orange
Type: Low ankle bootie

Reasons to buy

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Bright, fun design
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Structured ankle bootie style

Reasons to avoid

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 Again, aimed at boys  

They’re sweet, they’re neat, we really love these tiger feet. These delightful tiger booties are an ideal meeting of form and function, a cute novelty slipper with enough structure and security to put your mind at ease. The higher fastening ankle bootie style keeps everything in its right place as they’re running about, the sturdy sole prevents slippage (and boo-boos) and the terry fabric is soft and tactile. A totally roar-some animal slipper for little boys and girls.

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9. Joules Children's Padabout Slippers

Cosy, comfy, and conveniently machine washable - what’s not to love?

Specifications

Best for: Winter nights
Colours: Blue striped (other available)
Type: Bootie

Reasons to buy

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Really warm and soft
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Great gift for Christmas

Reasons to avoid

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Not a grippy sole 

With their full-coverage bootie style, these supremely soft and snuggly boots are just the thing for cold nights and chilly mornings. An ideal Christmas gift for boys, they’ll keep more of them warm than a low-hitting ankle bootie or slipper shoe. In fact, these bootie slippers are so soft you’ll find it difficult to get them out of them. When you do though, they’re machine washable, which is always useful. 

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