Top 5 Best Slippers for Hardwood Floors
Wearing slippers on a hard floor can often come with mixed feelings. Sometimes you're going to find yourself slipping and at other times the under-sole of the slipper is going to damage the surface, leaving horrible and quite noticeable marks behind. To avoid such instances, here is a rundown of the best slippers that can be worn on hardwood flooring while retaining comfort for the foot and heat in those colder months.
Memory Foam Slippers
The best slippers to wear on hardwood flooring are those with under-soles fashioned of memory foam. Memory foam is made from a variant of a polymer called polyurethane and this creates breathable air bubbles in the material. Because of the elasticity of the material, it is dense yet flexible, meaning it gives under pressure without breaking. When it comes to treading on hard floors, polyurethane is ideal since it is not so stiff as to leave marks where you tread but the material is durable enough for it to grip surfaces.
Synthetic Sole Slippers 1
Synthetic soles are made largely of rubber which is called EVA (ethylene Vinyl Acetate) and leather, PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The majority of synthetic soles in slippers, however, are EVA soled and this provides flexibility and light design. However, due to it not being as light as polyurethane and slightly more stiff, the risk of leaving marks on hard floors is ever so slightly increased. The best part of EVA soles is their durability. Due to the chemical composition in its creation, EVA outlasts all over known soles in slippers. Because EVA does not absorb great amounts of heat, it retains body heat inside the footwell and reduces the risk of overheating.
Synthetic Slippers 2
Polyvinyl chloride is a material used in many everyday creations, not in the least slippers. In fact, it is the most common material found in slippers due to its flexibility and toughness. However, due to the toughness of the leather, there is an increased risk of leaving scuff marks on hard flooring, especially after a forceful impact. Additionally, due to the density of the polymer, the grip can sometimes be overextended and tripping can occur. PVC usually has to be lined with materials such as fleece or sherpa wool to retain warmth as the material itself does not retain heat.
Suede Leather Slippers
Suede leather is a better preference over PVC since the material is a lot lighter and has more flexibility. This means there is less of a chance to trip due to the rigidity of the sole and a reduced risk of marking the hardwood. In addition to those facts, suede allows for more freedom around the foot than the prior mentioned materials whilst also retaining warmth.
TPR stands for thermoplastic rubber and it is a good investment when choosing these to wear on hard floors. The impact on the surface of a hardwood floor is minimized due to the low density of the sole. However, because the material is of such a low density they are known to wear out quite quickly making them a second choice when looking for a long-lasting product.
With these particular soles in mind, you can rest assured that your tired feet can relax all the while protecting the surface of your hard floors because there's nothing worse than having tired feet and not being able to relax them for fear of scuffing that expensive finish.