You own the super-soft dressing gown, the flattering set of pyjamas and cosiest pair of socks, but there’s one vital element missing – the finishing touch to the ultimate lounging uniform: slippers.

They’re the at-home accessory that is often forgotten about and shoved under the bed, and finding the right pair for you can be troublesome, but once found, they are hard to take off. 

Whether you opt for sliders or mules, velvet or cashmere, bright or muted, we’ve rounded up the best slippers on offer, to suit varying styles, comfort levels and, of course, budgets.

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The White Company faux fur cross sliders: £35, The White Company 

You may have treated yourself to a candle or two from The White Company, or have asked for one this Christmas, but we recommend indulging your feet with the brand’s faux fur slippers this festive season too. 

The criss-cross detail makes this pair extra cosy and they also have a non-slip bottom, meaning the comfort can continue if you need to venture outdoors. The pale grey colouring adds a sophisticated finish and will complement the majority of colours and patterns in your nightwear drawer. 

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Ugg scuffette II slippers: £80, Ugg

If you are already a fan of Ugg’s sheepskin lining and iconic, easy-wear boots, its slippers should be a welcome addition to your wardrobe. The “Scuffette II” slipper from the Californian-born brand is available in a range of rich chocolate shades, but we particularly like this chestnut edition for its striking colour contrast and water-resistant suede exterior. Pair with an Ugg lounge robe for the ultimate evening look

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John Lewis & Partners velvet mule slippers: £26, John Lewis & Partners

This mule style ensures effortless wear come morning and evening, topped with playful pom poms to brighten the dreariest of the days. The pink velvet design adds a luxe touch despite the under-£30 price tag – the perfect footwear for the queen of the household.

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Mahabis classic slippers: £89, Mahabis 

This is a pair of slippers for those who take their house shoes seriously. Mahabis, an award-winning brand, has considered what it takes to create the most wearable slipper. Each layer is considered, from the foam footbed, which adapts as you move, to its wool lining to regulate your feet’s temperature. Opt for this navy edition from Mahabis’ “Nordic nights” collection, for a nod to next year’s classic blue trend.

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H&M slip on slippers: £24.99, H&M 

When staying in a hotel, its perks are not only the swimming pool, sauna and concierge but its homely freebies, like the fluffy robes on the back of the door and brand new slippers, waiting just for you. These H&M slippers provide that hotel feeling with the chic monochrome design and slip-on pointed style.

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Uniqlo fleece slippers: £9.90, Uniqlo 

These slippers are for those after a hardworking pair at a purse-friendly price. What we admired the most about this pair is that they can be worn in two ways: mule or slipper style. The lightweight material means these can be slotted in a weekend overnight bag with ease to ensure that “home from home” can really happen.

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COS ribbed cashmere socks: £55, COS 

If cashmere socks are a necessity for a day of lounging, we recommend stepping up your off-duty uniform with COS’s cashmere slippers. They will still give you the softness of a sock, but with added grip of a slipper, thanks to the suede sole. Plus, they can be popped into the washing machine. The elastication means they won’t be slipping off your feet, only at bedtime.

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Toms leopard print slippers: £55, Toms 

Toms has provided more than 86 million pairs of shoes to children in need since 2006, so why not make your contribution with a pair of slippers from the brand? These vegan-friendly, chunky slippers feature a fun leopard print and removable insole for your comfort. Take note of the included gift box if buying for a loved one or looking forward to receiving this cosy pair all for yourself. 

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The North Face padded mules: £50, The North Face

The North Face is known for offering superb performing outerwear and equipment for the explorers among us, so it was a little surprising to discover its extensive slipper collection. Every slipper is manufactured with the same heat trapping insulation as its jackets, meaning toasty toes around the house.

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Sheepers the original sheepers slippers: £40, Not On The Highstreet

 What caught our attention with this pair was their striking pattern and pure sheepskin trim. A fun lounging must-have, perfect for relaxing at home by the fire – why not pack these in your ski holiday suitcase for some added pizzazz to any apres-ski ensemble? Top tip: opt for a size down for a snug fit as the supple leather soles loosen over time.  

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The verdict: Women’s slippers 

If you are after a cosy, luxe-feeling pair of slippers, our best buy from The White Company will be warmly received by the recipient. Those longing for a playful print will be drawn to Toms’ leopard-print style, and will also be making a charitable contribution when purchasing.

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