Slippers are light shoes that are easy to put on and off and are intended to be worn indoors, particularly in the home.
The following is a partial list of types of slippers:
- Open-heel slippers – usually made with a fabric upper layer that encloses the top of the foot and the toes, but leaves the heel open. These are often distributed in expensive hotels, included with the cost of the room.
- Closed slippers – slippers with a heel guard that prevents the foot from sliding out.
- 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 aftersheepskin boots, they may be worn outside.
- Sandal slippers – cushioned sandals with soft rubber or fabric soles, similar to Birkenstock’s cushioned sandals.
- Evening slipper, also known as the Prince Albert slipper in reference to Albert, Prince Consort. It is made of velvet with leather soles and features a grosgrain bow or the wearer’s initials embroidered in gold.
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 colorful materials, and may come in the shapes of animals, animal paws, vehicles, cartoon characters, etc.
In India, rubber chappals (flip-flops) are worn as indoor shoes.
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.
Grandpa’s Slippers is an award-winning book by Joy Watson.