Whether you’re just out of bed or just in from work, taking the bins out or putting your feet up in front of the fire – a reliable pair of slippers are essential. Now that we are firmly in the grips of cosy season and the exact whereabouts of the stockings are being pondered over, it’s time to grab a pair of slippers to keep yourself comfy or to pad out those presents.

We’ve rounded up this year’s best buys in the slipper market in an effort to find the comfiest slippers for all budgets. We’ve put them through their paces while lounging around the house, looking for comfort, utility and value for money.

Ted Baker Valcent Suede Moccasin Slippers: £60, Ted Baker

Best of British outfitters Ted Baker have woven themselves into the sartorial lore of our Christmases over the years with people nationwide unwrapping gift sets replete with socks, ties and cufflinks. This footwear offering is made up of Bovine suede for a super smooth upper and a faux fur lining for an ultra soft lining. The moccasin silhouette adorned with a traditional knot creates a gentlemanly look for when you have your feet up.

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The North Face Thermoball Traction Mule IV: £34.95, TrekkInn

This all-weather inclusion comes courtesy of explorers’ favourite The North Face. These slippers employ a high-traction rubber sole to keep you slip-free outdoors throughout the icy months and Thermoball technology offers enhanced insulation to ensure your feet are kept toasty, while the water-resistant ripstop upper will fend off any snow melting through after you’ve grabbed the paper.

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Two Tone Slipper Boots: £12, Peacocks

This budget boot offering from Peacocks will keep your trotters warm around the house and save you money for a onesie. The fluffy lining proves incredibly cosy and the boot style maximises insulation. The super soft exterior will prove a favourite napping spot for any family pets.

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Recline Slippers: £65, Hotter

Designed with an eye on practicality as well as comfort, this Hotter slipper is equally adept at keeping you comfortable on the sofa or behind the wheel. Manufactured with a driving shoe-styled sole and complete with a hand stitched apron on a moccasin profile, this slipper is at once stylish and practical. The soft suede and faux fur afford maximum relaxation.

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BearPaw Maddox Slipper: £47, Cocosa

BearPaw pulled out all the stops for their Maddox slippers. The use of sheepskin for the cushion foot-bed is almost decadent, ensuring comfort whether you’ve got your feet up enjoying the cosy wool blend lining or if you’ve managed to muster the energy to grab that Terry’s Chocolate Orange from the fridge – just don’t try and crack it on the cow suede exterior, it’s far too soft.

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Barbour Monty Suede Slipper: £47.95, Philip Morris & Son

Synonymous with the country gent, Barbour are renowned for their ability to blend together style and practicality. This slipper is simple, elegant and cries out for the soles to be faced towards a log fire. The faux shearling lining offers encompassing warmth and the classic moccasin style complete with metal Barbour badge adds a touch of gravitas.

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Crawford 2 Harris Tweed Slipper: £180, Derek Rose

The most luxurious inclusion of the year is courtesy of London’s own premium loungewear brand Derek Rose. Entirely handmade in England, these slippers boast a 100 per cent virgin wool Harris Tweed exterior, a sheepskin lining and foot-bed, leather trim and and a soft suede sole to leave you as light-footed as Darcey Bussell. This truly is the nirvana of loungewear for your feet.

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Birkenstock Boston Mule in Mink: £115, Asos

True to their German heart, Birkenstock are famed for their no nonsense yet trendy sandals. The chunky mule silhouette and buckle detailing make these slippers stand out whilst the textured tread give them excellent grip for walking the dog or putting the bins out in adverse weather.

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Berkeley Quilted Slippers: £48, TOMS

TOMS are known worldwide for their ethical approach and this pair of slippers is no exception. The Berkeley quilted slippers are vegan friendly and with each pair you buy, TOMS helps a person in need as per their One of One programme. The quilted upper and faux shearling lining are complemented by a high traction outer sole, combining to produce a warm, comfortable and safe slipper.

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The Verdict: Best men’s slippers

For centuries we have relied on slippers to fill stockings and serve the grateful recipient faithfully throughout the year. Therefore our best buy has to be a great Christmas gift as well as a summer slip on. With this in mind we don’t think you can beat Ted Baker’s Valcent slippers. The brand name is synonymous with quality so you will definitely get some wear out of these slippers, and on top of this the simple style makes them suitable for all ages and tastes and they won’t have your soles sweating through summer – ultimate bang for your buck.

The TOMS Berkeley slipper would also make a very thoughtful gift for any vegan friends or family that enjoy lounging around the house.

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