Essential footwear for the house and the hut
People love to make fun of slippers. They’re a bad Christmas present, worn only by that guy in boxers strolling down the driveway to pick up the morning paper. I’m here, however, to say slippers deserve a second chance. They’re great around the house but also essential for those of us who adventure during the fall and winter. That, and slippers have gotten a lot better over the past several years. Here are three of my favorites.
Glerups The Boot with Camp Sole ($155)
If you love backcountry ski huts or car camping in the fall, you need a pair of these slippers. They come with a rubber sole and thick wool felt so you can slip them on inside your van/truck/car and then climb outside on November mornings to make breakfast in total comfort and warmth. Headed to Colorado for a hut trip later this winter? These slippers are light enough to throw in your overnight pack to keep your dogs warm on cold hut floors after a long day of shredding pow. The ankle-high tops will also fight off snow as you trudge to the outhouse at midnight. Yes they’re expensive, but I’ve had a pair for three years now and they’re still going strong.
Teva Ember Moc ($75)
Are they shoes? Are they slippers? To be honest, they’re both. Thanks to the shoelike upper and cushioned midsole, you could wear these through the airport, onto your flight, and then straight to dinner wherever you land. The quilted design might turn some heads, but that’s a good thing, right? Back home, slap down the collapsible heel, throw them on like slippers, and wear them to make breakfast. While not quite as warm as the Glerups, these slipper/shoe hybrids are also great for hut trips because they pack nearly flat and will deal with light snow.
Woolrich Fleece Mill Scuff Slipper ($32)
These look like the slippers you wear to get the paper. Admittedly, they’re more traditional, but a couple nice tweaks make them stand out from the slipper pack. First, the fleece-lined wool upper is ultra-warm and will shake off light rain or snow if you take them camping. Like the Glerups, they have rubber soles so you needn’t worry about wearing them in the dirt. Finally, if these just become your regular home slippers, which is totally fine, the wool build will fight off stink even if you wear them for days on end with no socks.