They’re the New York Times’Wirecutter’s number one type of slipper for a reason: the sheepskin moccasin. What's cozier or more timeless? But when it comes to the best sheepskin slippers to see you through everything from WFH meetings to mailbox runs, you're not limited to this one style. Options abound, from full-coverage booties to iconic slides. The most premium options will require a bit of an investment up-front but you'll likely have them for years. However, there are more affordable faux sheepskin options that will keep vegan feet happy, too.
When it comes to sheepskin, the gold standard is double-face sheepskin, also called twin-face sheepskin. Both sides of the leather are used, resulting in a sueded exterior that retains the natural, original wool. Since the wool and leather are not separated for additional processing, they must be of superior quality from the start. Budget alternatives might opt for good-quality cow suede and then line it with sheepskin for softness and warmth.
Vegan sheepskin slippers will be made from polyester-based materials, like microsuede that can feel surprisingly close to the real thing. You’ll find them lined with dense faux fur or sherpa, a synthetic alternative to sheepskin. A full sherpa slipper is an even softer alternative that’s lighter to wear than imitation suede.
Additional considerations include whether you want a pair exclusively for puttering around the house or to wear outside on occasion (for example, to take the dog out). All of the slippers here include waterproof soles with varying degrees of thickness and tread — most are rubber. And a touch of memory foam or a contoured footbed is always welcome, whether you plan to leave the couch or not.
From high-end sheepskin slides to faux suede moccasins — plus the replacement insoles to revive your favorite broken-in pair — these sheepskin slippers are the coziest of them all.
We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.