Slippers are light shoes which are easy to put on and take off and usually worn indoors.
The following is a partial list of 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. These are often distributed in expensive hotels, included with the cost of the room.
- 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.
- Moccasin slippers - are often made of a soft leather or pelt. They are often beaded in the style of tribal or indigenous cultures
- Closed slippers - slippers with a heel guard that prevents the foot from sliding out.
- 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 colorful materials, and may come in the shapes of animals, animal paws, vehicles, cartoon characters, etc.
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.
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