Ah, youth. While as adults we’re more than happy to receive socks, scarves and slippers for birthdays and holidays, such sensible gifts 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.
1. Peppa Pig Toddle Slippers
These cute Peppa Pig slippers are cosy and comfy for toddlers
Best for: Toddlers | Colours: Pink multi | Type: Slipper shoe
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.
2. Minions Novelty Dave Slippers
Your resident Despicable Me fan will be chillin’ like a villain in these cool novelty slippers
Best for: Fun | Colours: Yellow and blue | Type: Full slipper
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.
3. John Lewis Baby Zebra Slippers, Grey
Is there a cuter and comfier baby slipper on the market? Neigh.
Best for: First steps | Colours: Grey printed | Type: Shoe slipper
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.
4. Disney Star Wars Boys slippers
These Star Wars slippers are on the dark side, with printed details for an injection of fun
Best for: Boys | Colours: Black printed | Type: Shoe slipper
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.
5. Girls Nifty Kids 3D Novelty Unicorn Slippers
These darling unicorn slippers are a magical gift for girls of all ages
Best for: 3D novelty | Colours: White multi | Type: Full slipper
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.
6. Clarks Shilo Rise First
Every kid wants a pet monster - these deceptively sensible slippers are the next best thing
Best for: Sensible choice | Colours: Blue | Type: Shoe slipper
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.
7. UGG Children's Cozy II Sheepskin Slippers
A luxurious buy packed with snuggly materials for older kids of discerning taste
Best for: Older kids | Colours: Tan | Type: Mule slip on
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...
8. Chipmunks Boys Tommy Tiger Slippers
As a structured alternative to squishy novelty slippers, these tiger boots are grrrrrreat
Best for: Structured novelty | Colours: Orange | Type: Low ankle bootie
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.
9. Joules Children's Padabout Slippers
Cosy, comfy, and conveniently machine washable - what’s not to love?
Best for: Winter nights | Colours: Blue striped (other available) | Type: Bootie
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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