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Slippers are light shoes which are easy to put on and take off and usually worn indoors.
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. Modeled 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 novelty items, 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 commonly come in the shapes of animals or animal paws, vehicles, cartoon characters, etc.
Some people find slippers to be a type of safety footwear: if the slippers are large or overstuffed, the stuffing can preclude injury from stubbing the wearer's toe while walking in a dark room at night.
Most styles of slipper offer too little or no support for the arch of the human foot. This is essential to children, whose young feet are still developing. The lack of support can allow the foot to roll inwards during walking, which can cause many health issues. Opposing studies suggest that the introduction of rigid heels in slippers and shoes of infants and toddlers can inhibit a child's ability to learn to walk as quickly as they would otherwise.
Some British schools have rules that enforce the wearing of slippers indoors. While this can be a good method of regulating hygiene, some rigid-soled slippers can inhibit the correct growth of the child's developing foot. While wearing slippers can offer comfort, it can also be a danger, in both terms of walking and movement, as well as the development of the young foot.
Slippers can also be essential to the health of the foot. Some diabetics may be advised to wear slippers, as diabetes can have effects on blood flow to the extremities of the body. Wearing slippers can offer warmth and comfort that will allow a good flow of blood.
Slippers may also contribute to toenail fungus growth. For example, putting on slippers after a shower or bath, without completely drying the feet and toes produces a moist environment- optimal for toenail fungus growth. If slippers are to be worn following a bath or shower, it is recommended that special care is taken to completely dry the feet.
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.1
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