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These are the daftest slippers I've ever had!!! I'm a big fan of microwave wheat packs which I use for a whole host of things, not just as an alternative to a hot water bottle but I use them for aches and pains. These were given to me and I'm so glad I didn't buy them- they retail at £10 from Amazon and are available off the Intelex web site. The slippers are: Fully microwavable Microwave in two minutes 100% natural Filled with flax grains and lavender They look really comfy and are, the material is fluffy and soft, once on they're not too heavy. They don't have a good bottom to walk on- you certainly can't go outside in them. I've never washed them and looking at them I'm not sure you could. I can't really comment on their longevity as they're not used that much, but they are well made, none of the seams have come apart and spilled the contents everywhere. The first thing that puts me off is the fact that they go in the microwave, my son pointed out that 'Wouldn't they smell of sweaty feet in there?' they don't all they smell of is the lavender and wheat contents- just the same as the wheat packs, when you use them they're not as 'moist' as wheat packs though. You are instructed to heat for a couple of mins then put on your feet to which they are supposed to stay warm for upto two hours- I don't think they do though, a while but not two hours. The second problem is trying to walk in them- no you can't walk in them!! my son tried to go upstairs which proved impossible. Being one size and quite long (29 cms) and wide we've all had a go and one size fits all. These are great if I've been on my feet all day and are aching and are nice on a cold evening, but I don't really bother with them. Yes they keep your feet warm and yes they are comfy, but they're just a novelty. Foot warmers would be a better description than slippers. Three stars from me, because I like the idea of them but they're not practical.
I bought these slippers from Amazon for my mum. She suffers from Lupus which causes arthritis and she feels the cold badly. I just knew as soon as I saw them that she would love them. The Intelex Hot Microvavable Slippers cost £15.00, they come in various colours but I got my mum the pink ones. The slippers are made of a nice cosy fluffy material and come in just one size. They have no real shape to them so one size should fit most people. They are 11 inches long and 4 inches wide. The slippers are filled with wheat grains and lavender and are microwavable. Just put them in the microwave for 2 minuets and pop them on your feet. This is a take on the microvable wheat bag. They are completely safe for children ( although may be a bit large) or the elderly. Much safer than filling a hot water bottle, no boiling water to cope with. Ideal for people with problems like arthritis and limited use of their hands. The instructions that came with them claimed they stay hot for 2 hours. I asked my mum if this was the case and she said that they stay really warm for about an hour then gradually cool. Although my mum loves these slippers she does say they are not the best to actually walk in. They don't have any real shape to them. But they are great for warmth and the lavender fragrance which gets stronger when they are heated is very relaxing. She uses them every day especially in the evenings when she is watching the TV. I have known her to go to bed in them occasionally. The slippers come highly recommended by my mum, they are a great idea. You cant beat having warm toastyfeet and feeling cosy. While I think £15 ia a bit on the costly side for slippers they are lovely. I'm adding them to my christmas list this year, so come on Santa.........Please?
Almost a year ago, I read an excellent review on here about microwavable slippers. It really sold the idea to me, and I immediately went looking for a pair of my own. My first mistake was only remembering part of the review, my second was assuming that all such slippers were created equally. I found a pair I liked the look of and didn't bother to see if they were the same brand as had been reviewed. They were cheap and able to be shipped quickly, so I entered my credit card number from memory and waited for them to arrive. These slippers come in two colours, lilac as I got, or a pastel pink. They come in one size, designed to fit those who normally wear a 3-7, which I guess is a large proportion of the population. I'm a 4 and when I first put them on they seemed to fit ok though whether they'd stretch to 3 sizes larger I was unsure. These slippers are quite like those wheat pillows you can get: you heat them in the microwave for a few minutes to get a warm and fragrant item you can use in place of a hot water bottle. While I like the latter, I've had a few near-misses with not putting the stopper in properly and almost scalding myself, so the idea of something that's hot but doesn't contain spillable boiling water really appealed. I followed the instructions and put them in the microwave, watching them the whole time as I never quite trust material not to catch on fire. You put the slippers straight in, not on any kind of tray. The first time I did this I knew they were clean, but I was already imagining the hygiene implications of repeated heatings. They came out warm but not too hot (I would later try heating them for longer, to better effect) and with a great scent of lavender which, while not the hippest of fragrances, always makes me feel lovely and relaxed. I put these on my feet to walk back to the living room and stumbled immediately. They might smell nice and feel great and look, well, not too hideously bad, but these are absolutely impossible to walk in. The problem is the filling they use, which rolls around loosely in the bottom. The top parts are nice and fluffy, but the wedge you walk on is uneven and rather heavy. Trying to walk with these on made me wonder if toning slippers were the next new thing, after MBTs, Shape Ups and Fit Flops. Seriously, they were the heaviest shoes ever and it was a proper knees up march that took me back to the comfort of my sofa. I lay back and watched TV, and forgot about their weight as they certainly did a good job of keeping my feet toasty, but when it was an ad break and I wanted to dash to the loo, I was thwarted again. These are impossible on stairs as your feet fall out of them very easily and they flop around and trip you up. Even on flat surface, you're flailing around like a virgin seaman on his first mission. In the end these weren't the wonder product I was hoping got. They're a nice way to heat your feet on cold winter days, but they're more like an electric blanket: you can sit with them and get nice and warm, but you can't walk around wearing them easily. They are lovely and soft and fluffy for sitting still, but that's not enough. Slippers are shoes you wear indoors, right? By that definition, these are definitely not slippers as walking in them is impossible. I couldn't decide whether they had too much filling (making them bumpy) or not enough (making them less firm than they needed to be) but either way they won't do as they are. They have tried to give the soles some grip but while the textured bottom makes them non-slip, it doesn't make them non-trip. The instructions say to heat for 2 minutes, making no allowances for the potential differences in microwave strength. I did, as I said, heat them longer the next time, but I was paranoid about them exploding or setting on fire, so I actually dinged and removed them after 1 ½ minutes, gave them a bit of a shake, and then replaced them for another nuke. The heat lasts for a decent length of time - maybe half an hour - which is enough since you can't walk around in them, so they're for sitting down reading or when you're getting in to bed. The smell dissipates over time and with repeated use, but it's so strong initially you don't mind it mellowing a bit. Towards the end of last winter I took to using these like your normal wheat pillow, nuking them and then either cuddling up with them or using them to pre-heat patches of my bed before I got in. The lavender scent transfers easily onto clothes, sheets and pillows and lasts well, allowing you to float off into a relaxed sleep. I cannot recommend these, though I wish I could. I still think microwavable slippers are an ace idea, and I may be tempted into buying another pair next time I'm having a UK winter, but next time I'll do my research properly. They get 2 stars as they did keep my feet warm, but as slippers they were entirely useless. http://www.intelex.co.uk/product-hot-slippers.asp These are currently available on Amazon, or from a number of other online retailers, priced around £10 though I found mine for £7, delivered, last year, so shop around if I've not put you off this brand...
Every now and again it's nice to have a pamper evening. I usually wait till my other half is out for a night or working a late shift. A couple weeks ago I bought my mother a pair of slippers for her birthday and I got a pair for myself too (as you do). I got them because she's constantly complaining about how she's on her feet all day and blah blah blah! They were £12.99 each from www.giftzone.co.uk so a lot more than my last pair which were £2 from Primark. What made me pay so much more? I just don't know! My mother deserves it and for some reason in a moment of madness I clicked the quantity to 2. With a household and two children I never normally spend like that but oh well. What's so good about them? Well they're not just any pair of slippers! They're super soft and you warm them in the microwave (2 minutes) for extra comfort. With the winter months coming I'm sure they'll be used a lot. I always like grabbing clothes off the radiator during the winter and these slippers give the same warming feeling. The slippers themselves are lilac in colour. If you have a search on the internet you'll find them in a few colours including pink, blue and cream. The gripper soles are good for wondering around the house (from the kettle to the sofa). The slippers are filled with treated wheat grain and scented with dried lavender which I love. I've seen these (made by a different company) sold without any scent so if Lavender isn't your thing then no worries. Size: One size fits all (3-8). I often think that there can't really be a one size fits all but my mother has size 8 feet, I'm a size 5 and both fit our slippers perfectly. Can't wait for winter evenings now :) A great gift for all ages and worth keeping in mind for Christmas. I'm planning on getting my mother in law a pair. © oioiyou 2010