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:

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.

Contrary to popular belief, all shoes with a soft fluffy interior are not a slippers. Any shoe with a rubber sole and laces, by definition, is a normal outdoor shoe. In India, rubber chappals (flip-flops) are worn as indoor shoes.[1]


The history of slippers date back to the 16th century where a rich Vietnamese sultan made his concubines wear a thin soft shoe to ensure they did not escape through the harsh rocky mountains as their shoes would not allow such rugged use. And ever since that day the term for slipper had meant a shoe that is for use indoors which is still relevant to this day with thousands of designs and styles.History of Slippers

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.[2]

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.[3]

The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz sold for a record $165,000.[3]

Grandpa's Slippers is an award-winning book by Joy Watson.[4]

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  1. Khanna, Parul (3 October 2009). "Hawai chappal the new fashion accessory!". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  2. Tatar, Maria. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.
  3. 1 2 "Free slippers for elderly city residents". Daily Echo. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  4. "Watson, Joy". Retrieved 2014-01-31.
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