The HFG is particularly concerned with the identification and promotion of healthy footwear for adults. Such footwear will inevitably be worn outdoors for at least a portion of a person’s life and will have been designed to be used as such. The HFG does, however recognise that in certain situations, there can be a desire to wear footwear other than outdoor shoes. Slippers are an example of such items.

The experience of the HFG shows that because of the soft materials used in the manufacture of uppers and the lack of an adjustment mechanism in the design of some slippers, many slippers do not meet all of the criteria for being designated as healthy footwear as described by the HFG. Despite this, some slippers will meet the HFG specification and the HFG recommend that these criteria are sought in slipper purchases as well as in shoes. Even if slippers do meet the HFG criteria, they shouldn’t be used outdoors, as they have not been designed for use in these situations and as such are not ‘fit for purpose’ outdoors. Wear of slippers in these situations could lead to falls and premature wear of the slipper.

Aims of the Guide

  1. Help people to recognise the key features of footwear that will most likely offer a healthy and comfortable fit
  2. Encourage companies to manufacture shoes with these key features
  3. Encourage companies to join the Healthy Footwear Guide and actively promote footwear with these key features
  4. Help people find shoe stores that can advise on the correct fit of this footwear
  5. Offer advice to people who cannot get to a shoe store on the key fitting properties to look for when trying Healthy Footwear Guide recommended footwear