Slippers:Complete Guide

What are slippers?

Slippers are a type of shoes with empty heels, only toe caps on the front, mostly flat bottoms, and no laces. The material is often quite soft leather, plastic, cloth, etc. The types of slippers are differentiated according to the wearing occasion and performance purpose. For example, beach slippers will not be made of fabric, but plastic.

This is for waterproofing and easy cleaning. The toe type is also specially designed. They are often called flip-flops, which is what we call herringbone. drag. But for indoor slippers in winter, in order to keep warm, fleece may be used instead of plastic, so that people have better enjoyment in the living room.

There are also anti-slip slippers for bathing, and anti-static slippers commonly used in electronics factories and dust-free workshops.

Slippers, shoes without uppers in the second half, are generally worn indoors. Usually refers to the three protrusions that only pass through the shoes or feet, or the direction of the shoes and feet are parallel to the sole, or the approximate plane where the inner surface of the sole is located and coplanar with the extension of the calf axis without harming the shoes and feet.

Slippers are widely used in people’s daily life. Slippers of today’s era sometimes include sandals that are worn outside in summer, which are more styled and more refined than slippers worn indoors.

Slipper culture:

Slippers are also deeply related to the culture of some specific regions. In many Asian countries, indoor slippers must be replaced when entering the house. There are also special bathroom slippers in the toilet, and the slippers of the owner and the guests are usually distinguished.


In tropical countries, it is quite common to wear slippers outdoors. Many people working on the streets also have a pair of slippers for work, and most restaurants do not prohibit wearing slippers.

Sightseeing spots
Tourists wearing slippers are also common in some coastal tourist attractions, so some high-end restaurants, clothing stores, or department store boutiques will put up slogans “No slippers are allowed” on the door.

Formal occasions
It is not etiquette to wear flat slippers on formal occasions, such as attending graduation ceremonies, going to church, visiting temples, etc.

Development history of slippers:

Slippers come out

In the 1950s, the first pair of plastic slippers came out in France, which was a revolutionary movement in the history of slippers. China also produced plastic slippers in 1960. Plastic foam is the main material for making slippers. Foam slippers, cheap and durable, make slippers more “approachable”.

slippers evolution

Driven by the ethos of advocating nature and environmental protection, slippers made of natural materials such as leather, wood, bamboo, and wheat straw have become popular in my country.

The current slippers are more characterized by coolness, health care, safety, and fashion, and concepts such as air-conditioning slippers, bath slippers, beach slippers, health-care slippers, fashion slippers, and bedroom slippers have emerged. These various and colorful slippers, like leisurely leisure, elegant and unrestrained leisure scenery, create a romantic and passionate summer interest.

Slippers themselves are unobstructed, just put a set on the foot, which is undoubtedly the liberation of the foot; no matter how the shoe fits, it is a kind of pressure and restriction on the foot, and it will be forced out if you are not careful. “Foot smell”.

In real life, slippers can not only free people’s feet from shackles but also seem to liberate people’s spirits from extremely stressful work and life.

Perhaps it is the cheapness and lightness that create the bad impression that slippers cannot attend formal occasions and walk on the stage. Today, slippers have begun to “enter” office buildings, but I don’t know if we can break the association between slippers and casual style, and everyone can wear slippers to work freely and easily.

If everyone prepares slippers at the door of the office and puts them on when they enter the door, will it be more fashionable?

Slippers classification:

Anti-static slippers

Anti-static slippers/sandals use static dissipative material PU (polyurethane) to make the sole. Introducing the HAD system based on kinematics and physiology, the shoe body is light, soft, comfortable, and breathable, and it is not easy to wear for a long time. Suitable for use in static-sensitive areas, the scope of use: production workshops that require dust-free. Semiconductor manufacturing, electronic picture tube manufacturing, etc.


Flip-flops are referred to as flip-flops.

Flip-Flops are also called “thong slippers”. Just listening to the pronunciation of the word, the rhythm of the tap and tap has a kind of randomness and ease. Businessmen say that wearing “flip-flops” will make the ankles, calves, and thighs symmetrical, and will play a wonderful role in leg fitness; doctors say that wearing “flip-flops” is harmful to health and will cause joint pain and ankle sprains. And a series of foot problems. Although there is controversy, the conclusion has not yet been reached.

Therefore, “flip-flops”, which represent fashion, freedom, liveliness, and happiness, are still the favorite of young people.

The history of flip-flops can be said to be quite long. As early as thousands of years ago, human beings used animal skins or all available materials to wrap their feet. It can be said to be the earliest prototype of flip-flops – the most basic mechanical principle of shoes. . As for the later development of flip-flops, it was Japan and Brazil. In addition to the typical Japanese geta-style flip-flops, Brazil’s gel style is the most comfortable.

Flip-flops, which are full of free spirit and casual feeling, is very popular with designers and are used in various fashion shows. On the other hand, although the structure of flip-flops is simple, it has infinite creative possibilities. Illustrators and designers can use simple flip-flops and flat soles as canvases for free creation, while ordinary consumers can even create their own freedom, and make the free color matching of flip-flops and soles. Create your own personal design.

And a pair of finished flip-flops can also be freely created by pasting various decorations. With such “liberalism”, how can we not let the fans of flip-flops grow stronger day by day?

USB slippers

The so-called USB slippers are slippers with built-in USB heating elements. This kind of slippers mainly refers to sheet materials that are heated by the power of the computer USB port. Some people also call the USB heating film a heating film, a heating film or an electric heating film. Slippers with built-in USB heating pads are generally suitable for wearing in relatively cold winters.

Indoor slippers

Indoor slippers, with the improvement of people’s quality of life, are getting closer to people’s lives. Indoor slippers are generally divided into cotton slippers, open slippers, bathroom slippers, slimming slippers, fitness slippers, floor-wiping slippers, and disposable slippers (hotel slippers). ), etc., as the name implies, no matter what kind of indoor slippers, they are mainly used in the room. The characteristics of convenience, hygiene, warmth, and comfort make indoor slippers gradually become an indispensable part of people’s lives.

High-heeled sandals

The sandals worn by ladies may sometimes be similar to slippers, that is, only the toe and no heel, but often have high heels or thick soles instead of flat soles. At this time, they are not called slippers, but are simply referred to as high heels or sandals.

Slipper sole material:

TPR bottom

This kind of bottom is the most common. The process of TPR bottom is divided into TPR soft bottom, TPR hard ground, TPR side seam bottom, and many friends say rubber bottom, beef tendon bottom, blow molding bottom, and viscose bottom. can be classified into this category.

The advantages of the TPR bottom are that it is soft, waterproof, and has a certain degree of wear resistance. It feels like the rubber feel that everyone is familiar with. Another is that on the basis of TPR, it is pressed into the cloth, which increases the durability of TPR.

EVA bottom

Many people will find this kind of base unfamiliar. In fact, people who often go on business trips and people who like to watch Korean dramas are not unfamiliar. Hotel trailers are basically made of this kind of base. The slippers worn by many families in Korean dramas are also of this type.

The advantages of EVA bottom are: firm, light, easy to clean, comfortable and breathable, soft and colorful. Easy to process, easy to bond, not easy to fall off. Suitable for beach shoes, home leisure slippers, travel slippers, etc.

Point plastic cloth bottom

Plastic cloth is not very popular in China, because many people find it inconvenient and not waterproof. In fact, in foreign countries, this kind of bottom is also very common, especially Americans. Most of them are used in animal shoes. Japan and South Korea also like to wear this kind of sole, because this kind of sole has good slip resistance, and because of its mute effect, it is also used in many high-end hotels and hospitals. Soft, lightweight and non-slip.

cloth backing

There are many types of cloth bottoms, useful suede, useful canvas, and mop velvet that can mop the floor, cloth bottom slippers, cloth bottom slippers are suitable for wooden floors, soft and comfortable, easy to clean, most of them are thrown directly Just go into the washing machine. If you have carpet in your room, or a very high-end wooden floor, or if you are a nerd who likes to surf the Internet in the bedroom, then soft and comfortable cloth-soled slippers are definitely the best choice. However, shoes with such soles are more difficult in terms of technology and the audience market is not large, and the market is rare. It is not easy to operate such slippers in the Chinese market.

PVC bottom

It is a process synthesized by wrapping a layer of leather on the EVA bottom. The soles of outsole shoes are also mostly made of this material. Like plastic cloth, EVA, and cloth soles, PVC soles are mostly used in Japanese and Korean slippers.

Probably because most households in Japan and South Korea have wooden floors and carpets, the slippers with this bottom are basically indistinguishable, and they are very convenient to wear and replace. Therefore, this kind of bottom is the most popular in Japan and South Korea. It will not be contaminated with dust. If it is dirty, just rub it on the cloth twice and it will be clean. However, it is not very easy for the Chinese to accept. In fact, his feet are still relatively stiff.


Bamboo bottom has the effect of sterilizing and removing athlete’s foot.


There are also many fabrics that can be used on the sole, such as genuine leather, and more common materials such as TPR, sheep leather and other materials can also be used for the sole.

Slipper upper material

There are many kinds of fabrics that can be used on indoor slippers, the most common ones are coral fleece, plush, short plush, and suede. There are also satin fabrics, velvet, fleece, cotton velvet, terry cloth, Korean velvet, cotton, leather, etc. Basically, the fabrics that can be used in clothing can be used to make slippers.

special slippers

gold slippers

The 21st Dynasty is the “late dynasty period” of ancient Egypt. During this period, there were very few artistic activities in ancient Egypt, but metal craftsmanship during this period achieved considerable achievements. “Golden slippers” is one of the outstanding representatives. It is made of pure gold and is 23.5 cm long.

The design is novel and modern, and the production method is quite delicate, which makes it look thin and cute. A circular pattern is also engraved on the sole of the shoe, making it more exquisite and unique, and at the same time injecting a touch of warmth into this stern metal handicraft, which is a masterpiece of gold craftsmanship in the 20th Dynasty.

lighting slippers

American inventor Doug Wick invented “lighting slippers”. It can automatically illuminate the space in the range of 6 meters to 7 meters in front of the travel in the dark environment, eliminating the troubles of people who frequently wake up at night and grope in the dark. The front of this new type of slippers is equipped with a small light bulb. When the built-in sensor “detects” the dark environment or someone wears it, the light bulb will automatically turn on the light bulb to illuminate the front.

The “smart” sensor, coupled with the non-slip sole, can With thoughtful designs such as replacing lithium batteries and delaying lights out, the “lighting slippers”, which cost about $40, solve the troubles of patients or night watchmen who have to wake up frequently in the dark using a simple principle, and are very popular with consumers.

How to choose slippers:


The easiest way is good slippers, no pungent odor and no pungent fragrance.


Good slippers, the fabric color is correct, the embroidery pattern is beautiful and three-dimensional, the embroidery lines are full, and the fabric used in the slippers is good.


Slippers of good quality, without cutting corners, the weight of the material selected is relatively much higher, and the thickness of the filling sponge is relatively large. Naturally, it will be heavier than shoes of poor quality.


Good quality slippers, it will not appear white stains when folded by hand, it belongs to authentic rubber raw materials. Not easy to break, good flexibility, no smelly bottom. If it is folded over, the folded part of the sole begins to turn white immediately. After returning to its original state, the folded part changes color and deforms, which is naturally a bad sole. Most of the raw materials used in it are garbage crushed powder, which is then bleached to add flavors. Once this type of bottom has been cleaned twice, its life will be short. When the weather is too cold, it is directly weathered into pieces.

Slipper maintenance tips:

Indoor slippers, as the name suggests, are mainly worn indoors, and should be worn outdoors as little as possible. Especially the soles such as PVC and EVA are basically worn out after being worn a few times.

Waterproof and moistureproof

Pay attention to waterproof and moisture-proof. Even bathroom slippers should not be placed in a humid environment for a long time. They should be kept in a cool and ventilated place. Plush slippers are basically worn for three days, so you should take pictures of the dust and bask in the sun to keep them dry. Comfortable.

wash carefully

Slippers should not be exposed to the sun, and the number of washings should be minimized. Some slippers are padded with cardboard, such as shoes with outer seams, and some slippers with cloth soles, which need to be cleaned carefully.


In autumn, after cleaning the hard summer slippers, they should be placed in a special shoe rack and shoe cabinet to avoid extrusion and deformation. They can be used only after they are taken out in the early summer of next year and cleaned for a second time.
After cleaning the winter lint slippers in spring, it is best to pack newspapers with mothballs inside the shoes to prevent moisture, moth, and deformation.

Differences between North and South slippers:


If it is in the north, there is basically heating in the room in winter. It is recommended to buy more plush slippers with front openings. This kind of slippers is sold more abroad, but it is relatively rare in China, because the open slippers are not easy to accumulate bacteria, and they are not easy to store in a warm room. It will feel sultry and suffocating, and the plush fabric is very comfortable and easy to clean.


If it is in the south and the winter is cold and humid, you should prepare a few more pairs of indoor cotton slippers. Many slippers of good quality are made of plush fabrics on the soles. If you wear them for a long time, they will flatten and become damp.

Affecting the comfort, so it is necessary to rotate several pairs, take off and put them on the balcony to dry, keep the shoes dry and durable, and feel warm when wearing them.


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