All about slippers

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SLIPPERS

Slippers are light shoes which are easy to put on and take off and usually worn indoors.


Pair of low-heeled slippers

TYPES

The following is a partial list of different types of slippers:

  • Slip-on slippers — slippers usually made with a fabric upper layer that encloses the top of the foot and the toes, but leaves the heel open
  • Slipper boots — slippers meant to look like boots. often favoured by women, they are typically furry boots with a fleece or soft lining, and a soft rubber sole. Modelled after sheepskin boots, they may be worn outside
  • Sandal slippers — cushioned sandals with soft rubber or fabric soles, similar to Birkenstock's cushioned sandals.
  • Moccasins are often made of a soft leather or pelt. They are often beaded in the style of tribal or indigenous cultures
  • Closed slippers — slippers a heel guard that prevent the foot from sliding out

Another example is the evening slipper, also known as the Prince Albert slipper. It is made of velvet with leather soles and features a grosgrain bow or the wearer’s initials embroidered in gold.

In India, slippers are generally made of rubber and are called rubber chappals.

Some slippers are made to resemble something other than a slipper, and are sold as a novelty item. The slippers are usually made from soft and colourful materials, and commonly come in the shapes of animals, animal paws, vehicles, cartoon characters, etc.


Uwabaki, a Japanese slipper


The Tsinelas Festival made Gapan the slipper capital of the Philippines

IN POPULAR CULTURE

The fictional character Cinderella is said to have worn glass slippers; in modern parlance they would probably be called glass high heels. This motif was introduced in Charles Perrault's 1697 version of the tale, "Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre" ("Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper"). For some years it was debated that this detail was a mistranslation and the slippers in the story were instead made of fur (French: vair), but this interpretation has since been discredited by folklorists.

Derek "The Slipper Man" Fan holds the Guinness World Records record for wearing a pair of dress slippers for 23 years straight as of June 30, 2007.

The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz sold for a record $165,000.


Novelty paw slippers


A sheepskin slipper

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