Buying the Right Slippers this Winter

Posted: 8th January 2018

Buying the Right Slippers this Winter

Tips for Buying Slippers

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. Here are my top tips for choosing slippers this winter

  • 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
  • When washing, to reduce the risk of shrinkage, place in a pillow case and put on a slow spin cycle with a woolwash
  • For extra comfort, look for slippers with cushioned insoles, arch supports or memory foam
  • If you need to wear orthotics, make sure the footbed is removable to accommodate them
  • 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.
  • 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.

Lorna Pullman (Foot Health Practitioner)

Foot Health First (WIRE Hampshire)

Tel: 07860 927958