What are the different types of slippers?
- Sandal slipper: a cushioned footwear with fabric or soft rubber soles and a few leather belts that goes across the foot.
- Slip on: a fabric-made footwear, wherein the fabric surrounds the foot and only covers the toes and the top of the foot, heels exposed.
- Closed back: basically a slip on covering the heel.
- Moccasin: a footwear made of soft leather or synthetic material combined with hard rubber or leather for the sole.
- Novelty: a footwear made of a very soft material and in a larger size further covering the entire foot.
Footwear varies from slippers to shoes to sandals for women and men alike. Given this point, this major difference varies from one variant to its different subs. But first, let’s discuss the difference among these three.
For starters, a slipper is a light-weight footwear, which is easy to slip on and take off. Basically, they are worn indoors for comfort, especially with the elderlies, and those at home. Sandals on the other hand, is a light-weight, open footwear with straps around the foot, which people use during warmer seasons in order to keep their feet cool and dry at the same time. They are made of either leather or cloth, and are worn casually outdoors. Lastly, a shoe – as per Merriam Webster Dictionary’s definition – is “a footwear consisting of a sole strapped to the foot,” or typically something that covers the foot. If this definition is embraced, then, by all means both slippers and sandals are a variation of shoes.
Given clarity to the differences in basic footwear, let’s move on to slippers.
Slippers, more than any other type of shoe, are inexpensive. Basically, the aim of purchasing slippers is to use it for comfort on walking around at home. Going back to its early beginnings, the word “slipper” stemmed from the English verb “to slip” for the sole reason that this footwear is something that one slips his or her foot into.
However, different forms of slippers started in Asia way back to the 12th century and throughout the years, more and more variants have come into existence. Having said that, here are the 5 types of slippers:
Sandal slippers have been popular for around for years, and lately people are reliving the use of this particular footwear. It’s typically a cushioned footwear with fabric or soft rubber soles and a few leather belts that goes across the foot. People enjoy sandal slippers due to the comfort they get from the cushioned soles.
In the past, sandal slippers are mostly worn by men, but in the modern times, women have found fashion in it and casually use it outdoors and even indoors. This shoe often looks like Birkenstock’s cushioned sandals and more often, it is worn indoors, especially at home.
Slip on slippers are definitely the most popular type of slippers of all time. In some places, they are also called as slide on slippers or scuff slippers (“scuff” because it creates a scuffing sound when walked in).
Essentially, this is a fabric-made footwear (that’s pretty soft, by the way) where the fabric surrounds the foot and only covers the toes and the top of the foot with heels exposed. Often times, it’s made in simple materials, however, some makes them in durable stuff such as soft suede, or are lined with fleece for extra warmth.
This type of slippers is very easy to wear, as basically, you’ll just slip your foot into it and you are good to go. Moreover, slip ons are the most comfortable footwear to use at home with the warmth it provides to your feet. They are also readily available to people belonging in every walk of life (whether you are a child or an adult). One can use the footwear freely as they come with a variety of designs and different colors to choose from. There is also animal or cartoon character designs, that’s perfect for kids and kids at heart. Additionally, it comes in two versions: the closed-toe and the open-toe, wherein some could be worn outdoors, especially if made with durable materials.
Closed back slippers are basically slip ons or scuffs. The difference between the two of them, however, is that closed backs tend to cover the heel part.
More often, this footwear is made of faux fur, acrylic, fleece-lined leather, or polyester. It also comes in a variety of designs and colors. Even though it’s not as easily worn as a slip on, it’s undeniably soft, and therefore, comfortable to wear. In order to offer a perfect and comfortable fit for consumers, some brands and companies manufacture closed back slippers in an elasticized version.
Moccasins are the type of slippers that are often confused for shoes, as it definitely makes a good resemblance of it. It’s made of soft leather or synthetic material combined with hard rubber or leather for the sole. More often than not, its aesthetic comes off with indigenous motifs or beads – looking even more like those of ancient Asian tribal footwear. Of course, with it looking like a shoe, it can also be worn outdoors, especially if the sole’s made out of a hard material. Most of the time, adults prefer to wear moccasins among other variants of slippers.
Definitely, a novelty slipper makes the best and cutest type of slipper. Often, it’s made of a very soft material and in a larger size further covering the entire foot. The reason of this being is that this slipper is often designed as a certain animal or a cartoon character’s foot (in a large, colorful, and fluffy manner) – including rabbits, cows, dogs, or ducks. Hence, it’s a perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for kids. Additionally, it comes in two versions: a back-open or a back-covered.
While these are mainly the five types of slippers, you’ll definitely encounter more of them as you go over your daily routines – maybe at a friend’s home or at the mall. Regardless, the importance that you know much of them helps you pick what you know is best for you to wear if you wish to buy one, and what would fit in your location’s weather – as slippers are meant for the comfort of your soles.