At the end of a long day out in the wild, there is nothing like getting back to camp and taking off your hiking boots, ski boots, surf booties, etc. and placing your tired dogs somewhere comfortable to rest before the shenanigans of tomorrow. When an otherwise action-packed day winds down around a fire or in a tent, a good pair of camping slippers makes a great day remarkable.
That said, with a variety of styles and applications, not every slipper you can find online is great for the campsite, tailgate, beach bonfire, or wherever you may take them. So we got our hands on the most comfortable, rugged, and stylish outdoors-slippers we could find, and put them through the wringer to see if they have what it takes to be a good camping slipper. Namely, will they keep your feet happy, are they easy-to-use, and will they stand the test of time? Below are the styles that rose to the top. For more information, check out our comparison table and buyer’s guide.
What Are The Best Camping Slippers?
Best Overall Camping Slippers: Teva ReEmber
Best Budget Camping Slippers: Cobian Happy Camper Mule
Best Classic Camping Slippers: Olukai Kīpuka Hulu Slipper
Best Down Booties: Outdoor Research Tundra Booties
Best Un-Insulated Camping Slippers: Lems Drifter Slip-Ons
Most Durable Camping Slippers: Danner Forest Moc
Best Slippers For Backpacking: Merrell Hut Moc 2 Pack
Best “Sandal” Camping Slippers: Crocs Classic Clog
Best Overall Camping Slippers
Teva ReEmber ($80)
Pros: Durable construction, recycled materials, form-fitting.
Cons: No fuzzy insulation.
Teva’s ReEmber camp shoes are a bit less slipper and a bit more versatile camping/vanlife slip on, but that doesn’t mean they are any less awesome. Recycled materials are used throughout, meaning these are a great pick for those who want to tread lightly on Mother Earth, and for those who hate sandy fuzz, the lack of fuzzy insulation could be a pro rather than a con. And even without the fuzzy insulation, these are some warm slip ons.
Pros: Well-made and comfortable for a great price.
Cons: No heel is great for slip-on ease, but less ideal for more active pursuits.
For a pair of slippers that don’t break the bank, you can’t beat the Cobian Mule line. The Happy Camper faux-fur slippers are super cozy, and the lack of a heel provides slip-on ease for on-the-fly changes at the cost of some mobility.
And while the low price point may make you think “overseas conglomerate,” you’ll be stoked to know that your dollars are going to a small, family-owned California business with a surfer-ethos to boot. Cobian has been making slippers and sandals for the past 25 years, with support from surfing legends like Bethany Hamilton, Nate Yeomans, and Jeff Clark.
Pros: Supremely cozy, with good looks to match.
Cons: A bit roomy, reducing performance potential.
Olukai’s Kīpuka Hulu Slippers are some of the coziest slippers we’ve tried. A soft shearling lining makes these slippers a joy to put on, and a wider fit means your toes are free to wiggle as they please. A collapsible heel is par for the course. The slippers also simply look great, coming in four different shades of premium leather. That being said, they were a bit roomy, reducing the potential for more physical use. That said, the sole, a nice grippy rubber, certainly stands up to outdoors abuse.
Olukai also sent us a pair of their Mahana Slippers, which are made with a cotton upper and terrycloth lining for a bit more all-season breathability, as well as a narrower fit, improving performance potential. They’re not as cozy as the Kipuka Hulu’s but they are certainly a more versatile option from the legendary footwear brand.
Best Un-Insulated Camp Slippers
Lems Drifter Slip-Ons ($95)
Pros: Durable, lightweight slip-ons, perfect summer “slippers.”
Cons: No fuzzy lining or insulation.
Lems, a small footwear company out of Boulder, Colorado, has been making a name for themselves in the outdoors industry with their zero-drop footwear, designed to provide a barefoot feel when walking. The Drifter is one of their most casual styles, with a comfortable closed-toe design, moisture-wicking and breathable canvas upper, and roomy fit. The shoes have a collapsible heel like many others in this review, and a comfortable cork insole.
While their lack of insulation makes them a bit less of a true camp slipper, these shoes layer well with socks for when nights get chilly, and with that lack of insulation are a bit more versatile during summer months.
Most Durable Camping Slipper
Danner Forest Moc ($170)
Pros: Well made, thick outsole.
Cons: Pricey. Leather insole can get sweaty.
Danner has a great reputation for well-made outdoor footwear. Their hiking boots were some of favorites in our reviews of both Men’s Hiking Boots and Women’s Hiking Boots. So when we found out they had a camping slipper we knew it would be one worth trying. The Forest Moc does not disappoint. With a leather upper and insole, it looks swanky with a great fit that only gets better with time. It’s pricier than other camp slippers, but it will last long and find more uses than just around the campsite. Being leather though, it might not be the best for those with sweaty feet or for romping around the desert. That said, even on a hot day it felt as though moisture didn’t collect. With one of the thickest outsoles we tested, this has the potential to be a lot more than a slipper, being a great fusion of comfort and stability. It would also be a fine choice for a casual/formal situation like a country wedding or the Catalina Wine Mixer.
Best Down Bootie
Outdoor Research Tundra Bootie ($49)
Pros: Great insulation, lightweight, packs up easily.
Cons: Not supportive or super durable – less ideal outside of the campsite or cabin.
If you spend any time outside, chances are good that you own a product or two that is filled with down. This feathery byproduct of geese makes for a great insulator that is lightweight and packs up small. While many brands tout a down bootie, we found the Tundra Bootie from Outdoor Research the perfect combination of comfort and value. Their Aerogel sole makes for a pleasant walk in the elements.
However walking is all I’d recommend in this – there is no support between the sole and the down upper to give the confidence needed to take these too far off the trail. But for many people, all you need is to stay warm in the tent and around the campsite and if so, these will do the trick. They also pack up nice and small and only weigh 7 ounces, so it’s a great option for backpacking and traveling light.
Best “Sandal” Camp Slippers
Crocs Classic Clog ($50)
Pros: Comfortable, multi-purpose, and now somehow stylish.
Cons: Open design lets dirt/dust in, no insulation or support.
Crocs? In a review of camping slippers? Yup. While they might stretch the definition of camping slippers about as far as it goes, I’d have to argue that when it comes to comfortable footwear to slip on around camp, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Classic Clog, especially as summer rolls around. They won’t keep your feet warm, but add a pair of thick and cozy socks, and unless you’re winter camping, your feet should be plenty warm. That said, the classic rubber clog has also seen many different variations over the years like the Lined Croc or the Neo-Puff Croc, which just might provide the insulation you’re looking for.
And for summer camping adventures, Croc’s Classic Clog might be the sleeper top pick on this list. Besides being an awesome camp slipper, they also double as a water shoe, can stand up to a decent bit of activity when “sport mode” is activated, and have recently seen a surge in popularity for reasons that are quite simply beyond us, but we’re also totally here for.Check Price on Amazon
Best Slippers For Backpacking
Merrell Hut Moc 2 Pack 1TRL ($120)
Pros: Super lightweight, zip together for easy transport.
Cons: White soles can get dirty quickly.
Innovations in footwear are usually pretty risky as people can often be hesitant to be on the cutting edge of fashion. but the Hut Moc 2 Pack from Merrell is an innovation that will simply bring more comfort and less weight to those on long treks in the wilderness. Sure, it’s possible to bring other slippers, but then you risk getting the rest of your pack dirty. or you could always attach other slippers outside the pack but then risk the insides of those getting dirty. Merrell came up with a solution that results in a winner: the slippers zip together and the included carabiner allows you to effortlessly clip it to the outside. They are so light that it’s hardly noticeable having them outside the pack.
With some thick cushiony soles, you can take these well past the campsite for some evening romps to gather firewood or capture a nice sunset timelapse. And did we mention the comfort? Because on top of all those features, they are incredibly comfortable to wear, as well.
Other Slippers We Loved
Pros: Silicone collapsible heel sticks to your feet like glue when you want to walk, skate, or do anything really.
Cons: Felt upper shows wear pretty quickly. Wool lining will gather debris.
We discovered Mahabis’ indoor/outdoor slippers years ago, and have been huge fans ever since. These slippers are marketed as indoor slippers, but they stand up fairly well to outdoors abuse, and have a small-but-mighty feature that we have yet to see the like of elsewhere – a collapsible heel that folds down when not in use for slip-on ease, but, with a silicone grip on the inside, does a great job of gripping your heel to keep the shoes on for whatever activity you might use them for. Walking, breaking into a light jog, these things keep up. A cozy wool lining cures cold toes in minutes, and a removable footbed makes getting sand and twigs out a bit easier.
Pros: Durable sole, recycled materials.
Cons: A bit chunky.
Cozy is the name of the game with the Sanuk Cozy Vibe slippers. These indoor/outdoor slippers are made with a wool-blend lining that will keep your toes warm when it’s cold, and are moisture-wicking to boot. Removable footbeds allow for ease of sand removal, and Sanuk’s commitment to the environment and use of recycled and sustainable materials in these slippers provide ease of mind while online shopping.
Pros: Sheepskin liners, thick outsole.
Cons: Open design can be more prone to getting dirty.
Slide slippers are great for those who like to move in and out from time to time, or want the freedom of a flip flop with a bit more coverage. The APMA slide wrap takes it a bit further and adds sheepskin liner to give you optimum comfort. The only slipper on our list that is certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), this slipper has a nod for promoting good foot health. While that’s not a huge decision factor for this review, some folks (especially diabetics and those with foot issues) may be pleased to know since slippers aren’t often the best for our feet.
Comfort wise, the sheepskin liners are thick and plush, and feel great. They also wick moisture and regulate temperature. You probably don’t want these in really cold climates as it keeps the toes exposed. But if you’re buying a wrap, you probably know what to expect. For slip-on comfort, we didn’t find much that could match the feel of these.
Pros: Sheepskin liners provide optimum comfort and breathability.
Cons: Needs a bit more TLC than synthetic materials.
Lâmo makes some great footwear, and their signature sheepskin liners do not disappoint. With a thick rubber and memory foam outsole, the Romeo slippers are great outside or inside, and will provide long-lasting comfort even if you’re on your feet for a while. Lâmo recommends sizing up a whole size, and even when doing that, they still fit snug on the feet. They say that over time it stretches and adapts to the foot for an even better fit, and I can vouch to say that even though they were comfortable out of the box, it just got better the longer they stayed on. Sheepskin can help keep you warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm and wicks moisture, making this a great staple for either a cabin or campsite.
|Best Overall Camping Slippers||Teva ReEmber||$75||No fuzz|
|Best Budget Camp Slippers||Cobian Happy Camper Mule||$40||Great price|
|Best Classic Slippers||Olukai Kīpuka Hulu||$130||Supportive insole|
|Best Un-Insulated||Lems Drifter Slip-On||$95||Barefoot feel, breathable|
|Most Durable Camp Slippers||Danner Forest Moc||$170||Leather upper and insole|
|Best Down Booties||Outdoor Research Tundra Booties||$49||Packs up small, lightweight|
|Best Camp Slipper Sandals||Crocs Classic Clog||$50||They’re Crocs|
|Best Slippers For Backpacking||Merrell Hut Moc 2 Pack||$120||Zip together for easy transport|
|Silicone Heel Grip||Mahabis Classic||$115||Silicone collapsible heel|
|Sustainable||Sanuk Cozy Vibe Low||$85-90||Recycled materials|
|Runner-Up Classic Slippers||Lâmo Romeo||$98||Memory Foam insole, sheepskin liner|
|Best Circulation||Lâmo APMA Slide Wrap||$99||APMA certified for foot health|
What Makes A Good Camp Slipper?
Camp slippers should keep your feet warm — but when it comes to slippers that’s a bit of a no-brainer. I’m a big fan of some kind of fuzzy insulation. Although it does make dirt and sand harder to remove from the slippers, there’s nothing like shoving your cold toes into a warm cloud of fluff. However, for those who will likely be wearing socks anyways, or those in warmer climates, that fuzzy insulation may be overkill. If that sounds like you, check out the Teva ReEmber slippers (which are insulated but lack the fuzzy lining), the Lems Drifters (which come standard without lining or insulation), or the Crocs Classic Clog.
Another big box to check is that they have to be easy to put on, preferably hands free. Collapsible heels that let you shove your feet in but can also convert to something more adventure-ready are all the rage right now, and with good reason as they truly give you the best of both worlds. Our favorite design in this category is the heel of the Mahabis Classics. The silicone grip does a great job of keeping your heel locked in for walking longer distances, but also folds down for slip-on ease.
I also look for a slipper that will stand up to abuse. I want to be able to stand on them when changing in and out of my wetsuit for surfing, forget them on my back porch, dry them out, and still have the same level of comfort as when I first put them on.
In regards to an indoor vs. outdoor slipper, many of these would work at home as well, but the largest difference would be in the outsole. Many slippers simply can’t stand up to the rigors of outdoor use. All the slippers we have reviewed here have an insole that will stand up to the outdoors, and provide that cushy bliss that comes with slipping your feet into something comfortable after a long day of activities.
Editor’s Note: Gear Editor Steve Andrews contributed to this review. For more gear reviews and features on The Inertia, click here.