5 Different Types of Slippers You Must Know

5 Different Types of Slippers You Must Know

What are the different types of slippers?

  1. Sandal slipper: a cushioned footwear with fabric or soft rubber soles and a few leather belts that goes across the foot.
  2. 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.
  3. Closed back: basically a slip on covering the heel.
  4. Moccasin: a footwear made of soft leather or synthetic material combined with hard rubber or leather for the sole.
  5. 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

Sandal 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

Slip On

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

Closed Back

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

Moccasins

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.

 Novelty

Novelty

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.

Key Takeaway

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.

4 Iconic Book or Movie Halloween Costume Step-in Slipper Inspirations

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What iconic book or movie Halloween costume step-in slipper inspirations are best for a Halloween costume?

1.  Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale

2.  Cinderella

3.  Harley Quinn of Suicide Squad

4.  Wonder Woman

 

November is the season for top Philippine Halloween costumes, and of course – who wouldn’t want to flaunt different iconic step-in slippers during this time? Whether you loved Cinderella’s glass shoes or Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, there’s always a room to display these iconic books and movie Halloween costume step-in slipper inspirations in your Halloween look!

 

 

Dorothy Gale

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Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale

If you’re a fan of Wizard of Oz, then you are probably aiming for the Dorothy Gale Halloween costume. Her ruby red step-in slippers were already a part of history and many were still confused on whether it’s actually colored red or blue… or silver. So if you are opting for her look, perhaps you need to read a little bit more about the shoes.

On May 9, 1938, The Wizard of Oz script pictured Dorothy Gale’s shoes as silver, and it was the original script. However, as the film rose to fame in a multi-colored trademark, and for the fact that it was estimated to spend so much time on the yellow brick road setup, the crew decided to just tweak the color and officially describe it as red ruby step-in slippers in the revised script on May 14, 1938. It was actually credited to Noel Langley, the then-screenwriter for Wizard of Oz, as the success of the said film was partial because of the renowned shoes.

Now that you chose to dress up as Dorothy Gale, you can now wear the sparkling, red ruby step-in slippers that people actually are hunting all over the world. Plus, did you know that there are 10-5 official pairs of the said shoes – experts can’t decide which is which though.

 

Cinderella

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Cinderella

Cinderella has had an iconic history that has been told over and over again, from decades ago. There were different versions of the said step-in slippers; Perrault’s, Grimm’s, and Walt Disney’s. However, it fell to the question as to whether the shoes were actually made of glass or fur.

To dress up as Cinderella, you might want to peek into the story’s versions from decades ago. In Perrault’s Cendrillon, it has been said that the confusion about the material of the step-in slippers was a product of mistranslation. It has been assumed by many that “pantoufle de verre” was supposed to be “pantoufle de vair”, where vair is meant to be fur. However, it was countered as well that the glass slippers shouldn’t really be questioned for mistranslation given that vair is a medieval word that Perrault used during his time.

Then, there was also that of Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney’s glass slippers. The famous glass slippers that Cinderella left at the Prince’s palace which people loved very much. Though physicists actually countered the legitimacy of the glass slippers given that the slippers aren’t really wearable by a human. So, you can’t really wear it on Halloween. However, you can always choose to wear a plastic replica of it! That is as long as it is shiny and sparkling.

 

 

Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn of Suicide Squad

Who wouldn’t want the famous psychotic, bat-wielding villain who goes by the name, Harley Quinn’s, look? Every girl actually wants to dress like her upon the release of the Suicide Squad film, that’s given Google’s data of costume searches for the year 2016. It’s just the classic, villain-ish look – but reimagined.

Moving forward with Harley Quinn, let’s talk about her shoes which are among the top Halloween costumes in the Philippines and all over the world. It was actually the kind of heeled boots that you’d want to flaunt on a night out with friends – but then, perhaps it’s better off at a Halloween party. There was this black, white, and red color combination with the laces that simply makes the boots look edgy and fun at the same time. However, the thing is that it is not simple as it looks. It has intricate details that make it a killer high-top heels.

While you may not be able to purchase the same iconic shoes in the market, as it’s already out of stock for a long while, you can always choose to make a DIY Harley Quinn heeled boots. You can search them up on Google if you want!

 

 

Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was already iconic as it is. Now that the Halloween has come, it’s your time to flaunt the Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot version with your friends. This pair of wedge gladiator heels is among the top-of-the-line shoes that you can ever wear in your lifetime. It’s a pair that completes the whole ensemble along with the traditional accessories used to complete the goddess hero’s look.

Moreover, Wonder Woman’s everywhere so you definitely wouldn’t have to worry about the purchase at any time.

 

Key Takeaway

Have you decided yet? Indeed, these step-in slippers and shoes inspirations from four iconic book and film protagonists/antagonists are a must-have during the Halloween season. Not only would you be able to flaunt an iconic character on your Halloween party, but also, you’d be able to wear the character’s ensemble yourself! An instant trick or treat for yourself.

Matching Clothes with your Footwear

matching clothes with your footwear

How do you match your clothes with the right footwear?

1.  All those colors – Mix and match different colors to find which look would suit you best.

2.  Being a material girl – Knowing which materials fit with the clothes will ultimately ensure that you have a look that will stand out.

3.  Seasons come and go – Find a look that would match the current season!

4.  Formal and casual – Pick the right shoes for the occasion so that you wouldn’t look out of place.

 

Fashion has evolved through the years, and one of the things that have remained constant is finding the right shoes that would match the outfit and the season. Other than choosing between a nice dress or a blouse, you also have to decide if flip flop slippers or high heels would match your look. With a variety of footwear to choose from, this might become a challenge. To help you with this fashion dilemma, here is a guide on the right kind of shoes to wear to match with your clothes.

 

 

All Those Colors

All those colors

One of the things that you should keep in mind when it comes to matching clothes and shoes are the colors. While matching your shoes with the exact same color of your outfit may sound ideal, it is not always the best case. Instead, you can choose to do these instead:

  • Pick shoes that are a shade darker than your clothes to prevent them from clashing.
  • Pick colors that will compliment your clothes and complete your look.
  • When in doubt, going for neutral colors are the safest route to take.
  • If you are wearing clothes that are printed, pick one color that you would like to match it with.
  • You can also pick contrasting colors that would make your look stand out, just as long as those colors won’t clash with each other.

Choosing the right colors would turn your look from average to fabulous in a short notice, so choose your colors wisely!

 

 

Material Girl

Being a material girl

As with your clothes, you must also be aware of the material your shoes are made from, because some clothes and shoes would make for perfect matches just as long as you have the right material. For example, leather clothes work with leather boots, and plain shoes would work well with velvet and satin clothes. Getting this formula right would give you some fashionable looks that would make you stand out.

 

 

Seasons Come and Go

Seasons come and go

As different seasons pass during the year, it is important that you would be able to have outfits that match. For example, you can go for bright colors and light fabrics during the summer, while going for thick fabrics and darker colors during the rainy and cloudy seasons. Being consistent with the seasons during the year would help prevent you from looking out of place among the large crowd.

 

 

Casual and Formal

Formal and casual

Knowing how to dress for the occasion is a skill that you would develop as the years pass by. There are many formal and casual occasions that you will be doing, and you will have to dress the part for them. With this in mind, you have to know which shoes would be the right choices. For formal events, high heels are usually the go-to choice of footwear for women. Meanwhile, you can choose between sandals, sneakers, flats, and flip flops during casual events.

 

Key Takeaway

Matching the right shoes with the right clothes may be a challenge at first, but once you know how to mix and match different colors and materials, you can definitely styles that would make you stand out.

How to Choose the Perfect Sandals for Women

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It is with everyone’s common observation that sandals for women are more intricate with the details, colors, and of course, style. However, despite its various styles, designs, and themes of such footwear, women still find it hard to come up with a particular choice. Even more, some women would scan through every boutique that comes into view just to find the right fit of sandals for them.

In choosing your sandals, there are a variety of factors that you have to consider as you opt for a particular pair. This may include the material, the type of the sandals, or even the soles just to make sure that it’s comfortable enough for you to wear all day.

Regardless of what factor you usually focus on, stay tuned for the rest of the article’s content for further information. Not only will you learn about your own preferences, but also, you will know deeper about the particular classifications of sandals.

What Footwear Stores Tell Customers on Purchasing Sandals for Women

Whether you are buying one for yourself, a family, a relative, or a friend, the store personnel will always have a say when it comes to their products. In addition, a good store concerns itself about its customers, thus, recommending a thing or two to help them find their perfect pair.

What could they be? Here are a few things we’ve heard from them so far.

 

 

Put comfort over style

Put comfort over style

Most women, though not in general, think of the style first before comfort. It could be a single strap, a gladiator, or even a sexy strappy sandals. Of course, for women, it’s the first thing that should be thought of because of the variety of styles that are available in the market.

However, this should not be the case. Why?

In turn for good looking sandals, you might be sacrificing the welfare of your feet or your body – since it could not the right fit for you. Unless you would be wearing that particular sandal without moving around too much, that could be considerable. However, if you’d be using it at the park, a particular office event, or a family gathering – then, it is definitely not the perfect choice.

A good pair will not make your feet painful after getting used to it – a bad choice would. For example, a tight pair may cause blisters at the top of the feet or in between toes. A big pair, on the other hand, may cause the soles to suffer from skin irritation and blisters on the ankles. This is primarily because the feet’s struggling from staying in place due to the large space, thus, causing the muscles to tense. For this reason, it is safe to say that you must always opt for comfort over style.

 

 

Check the arch support

Check the arch support

When choosing a pair of sandals, it can’t be avoided that women may not think about the arch support at all. Who knows, right? However, both shoemakers and foot experts or podiatrists know what a poor footwear arch support may most likely cost a person’s health.

For starters, it is truly important to know what an arch support’s purpose is for your body. Basically, a proper arch support helps prevent cramps, back pain, and muscle fatigue from a day of walking. More so, sandals with a good arch support are often those that are specifically designed for an all-day walking, thus, capable of giving your feet the support it needs rather than a foot ache.

Furthermore, it is also important to choose a pair that has cushioned soles, or at least, spongy midsoles that may offer your feet the comfort it needs on a whole day of walking.

If you’ve ever experienced foot pain after a long day of walking in a pair of sandals, you might have made the wrong choice in your purchase.

 

 

Choose high quality for the materials

 

Choose high-quality for the materials

Often, buying a pair of cute strappy sandals for women without checking on the material used may be tempting. However, materials are an important factor when it comes to quality. Otherwise, you will get a few blisters from here and there and other skin irritations that are caused by the material itself.

In addition, it would also be wise to choose a durable pair if you really love walking on sandals. Aside from the fact that it is cheap, low-quality sandals may fall apart after a few uses. More so, it may be unfortunate if your sandals broke amidst an important event.

Another thing about a poorly made material is that it can absorb and hold water. This particular instance may lead to the breeding of fungus and other similar bacteria on your footwear and may ultimately cause you serious skin problems.

With these things in mind, it can be said that it really is important to also take note of the material of the sandals before purchasing a pair. A particular material you can opt for is leather, rubber, and fabric that is a good, durable, and a healthy choice for a woman’s sandals.

 

 

Consider both your foot and body shape

Consider both your foot and body shape

This is critically an important tip before purchasing a footwear – most especially when you are purchasing online. For one, you are unable to fit the actual item and the fact that not all styles can match anyone’s foot. So, how?

Similar to purchasing clothes, you have to choose the type of sandals that will complement your foot and body shape. For instance:

  • Gladiator sandals can complement almost all types of body shapes since the ties create a long, slim visual of the person’s look.
  • Strappy heels, however, can make wide or large feet look noticeably awkward. Given that it allows a full view of the feet due to the spaces incorporated into the footwear.
  • A pair of a single ankle strap, on the other hand, can make a woman’s legs look short and can highlight a heavy ankle.

Aside from these factors, it Is also important to keep your feet well-groomed in order for it to look better in sandals.

 

 

Identify your foot size

Identify your foot size

Above all else, make sure to properly identify the correct size your foot. As mentioned above, it is important to find the perfect fit for your foot to avoid blisters and other skin problems that you may experience due to the wrong size of footwear.

While this may seem easy if you are buying from the same store, this may be difficult when you go online. For this reason, having an ample amount of knowledge about the different foot sizes should be exercised. Here’s a sample chart of E-bay’s shoe sizes:

 

E-bay Shoe Size Chart
 

It is recommended that you get familiarized with the foot chart above, most especially when you are shopping online. However, it would be much more helpful if you will ask the seller about the accurate dimension of the shoe.

 

What are the Specific Types of Sandals for Women You Can Opt for?

Some sales lady may have mentioned a few things about sandal types as you approach the rack full of wonderful and amazing sandals. However, they will only tell you about their hottest and newest sandals – not every footwear they have.

To help you choose and be informed of the specific types of sandals for women that you can opt for, here’s a short list of the basic types of sandals that are available in the market.

 

 

Gladiator Sandals

1.  Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals are the most popular pair of sandals available in stores. Plus, they are also among the best-sellers since they tend to ultimately flatter almost all body shapes of women.

This kind of sandals was inspired by the traditional footwear of the Romans. It consists of a number of straps that goes around your leg and makes it appear slimmer.

There are two kinds of gladiator sandals available in stores – the low and the high gladiator ones. Basically, the lower version of sandals can definitely go well with jeans and long skirts, thus, creating an edgy look. The higher version of gladiator sandals, on the other hand, can be paired with summer dresses and shorts – making your outfit look sexier.

 

 

Thong Sandals

2.  Thong Sandals

This type of ‘barely there’ sandals creates a super casual look. Notably, they are easy to wear with the simple alignment of straps around it. It’s also lightweight and sold in various patterns and colors. It is the perfect sandal when casually strolling around a park or at the beach.

 

 

Sling-back Sandals

3.  Sling-back Sandals

Sling-back sandals are those sandals for women that has a strap wrapping behind the heel of the foot. Basically, they come in two types: the heeled and the flats version. The heeled sling-back sandals make a great shoe for formal events, while the flat ones are particularly better off for casual occasions.

 

 

Slip-on Sandals

4.  Slip-on Sandals

This type of sandals is favorably an appropriate choice for casual and sporty occasions. These are usually open-toe and are backless which makes it easier for slipping them on and taking them off. They also come in a variety of materials and designs, allowing tons of choices for women.

 

 

Wedge Sandals

5.  Wedge Sandals

Wedge sandals are those that have a sole higher beneath the heel and narrows as it goes towards the front. It’s relatively comfortable and is often the choice of those who are not comfortable with heels but would want to add some height to their look.

 

 

Platform Sandals

6.  Platform Sandals

Typically, you will notice a pair of thick-soled sandals in a rack of footwear. This is called platform shoes. It is particularly unique and is preferred by those who don’t want to settle with thin heeled shoes.

This pair of sandals may vary from the material it is made – either it’s made of rubber, wood, cook, or even plastic. It is also versatile when it comes to design given that it may come with multiple straps, embellishments, and other details that may complement anyone’s style.

 

 

Hiking Sandals

7.  Hiking Sandals

This type of sandals is specifically designed for those who loves to go hiking. It has straps surrounding the heel and has a buckle for adjustable fit. These often appear stiffer and rugged and supports the foot on an outdoor terrain.

Furthermore, this type of sandals also offers women the protection their feet needs during rough activities.

 

Why Minal Footwear Makes a Perfect Choice for a Pair of Sandals for Women

 

  • What is Minal Footwear?

Minal Footwear is an Indian manufacturing company which produces quality footwear. With the company’s success in their native India, the company aims to provide stylish and quality footwear to the Philippines.

Sandals and slippers from Minal are made out of polyurethane, which is a light and durable material. This ensures that the footwear is non-slip and will remain classy, fashionable, and trendy. Minal aims to provide its customers with the most stylish, affordable, and durable footwear that is worth your money.

 

  • What are the products that Minal offers?

Minal offers a wide selection of sandals and slippers from India with diverse styles and designs. The different styles available are under three distinct categories namely: Aeroblu, Aerowalk, and Inblu.

To look at the complete catalogue of products available, you can look into this page.

 

  • How can I know that I am purchasing a quality product?

Minal Footwear uses quality materials and ensures that these products pass the company’s standards. If you are curious as to what customers are saying about Minal products, you can visit the testimonials page here.

Look no further when it comes to durable, stylish, and comfortable sandals, Minal Footwear can offer the best pairs of sandals for women.

India’s Slippers: History, Culture, and Importance

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With a population of over 1 billion people, and thousands of years of history, India is not only one of the largest countries in the world, but it is also a nation with a rich and diverse culture. The culture and traditions of this South Asian country run deep and is present in many forms. This can include the slippers of India, Indian cuisine, traditional art, music, dance, cinema, and religion.

With the richness of culture in India, it is no surprise that their people hold it to a very high regard, and make sure that they preserve it for the next generation to see and experience. With their culture being so evident in their everyday lives, you can see it with their traditional fashions. Traditional Indian fashion makes use of materials like silk, chiffon, cotton, and wool. These materials give their clothes a smooth and colorful look, along with some embroidery and jewelry.

Other than their traditional clothes, footwear is also highly respected in the country, as Indians see the feet as a sacred and precious part of the body. With this in mind, traditional shoes and slippers in India are known to be very colorful and highly decorative.

 

Feet in Indian Culture

Feet in Indian Culture

In Indian cultural traditions, the feet are seen as a sacred part of the human body, which means that it must be treated with utmost care. The foot is regarded as an object of veneration, with religious heads, elders, and idols being paid obeisance and worshipped by a ceremonial washing of the feet. As with the tradition of most Asian countries (particularly in East Asia), it is a standard practice to remove your shoes or slippers in India, especially in a home or a temple. In fact, removing footwear before going to a temple or a place of worship will denote a sign of humility, respect, and submissiveness.

In Indian drama and poetry, the feet are seen as an object of love, romanticism, and even eroticism. The feet are some of the most admired parts of a woman, which is why they tend to decorate their soles with colorful tattoos and paint. Along with adding color, women also massage their feet with scented oils and even add anklets and other forms of precious jewelry. These anklets are made out of silver, brass, and even gold, and are mostly worn by men and women from high statures and royal families, as well as deities.

In traditional Indian plays, poems, and epics, the feet play a significant role. In the story of Ahalya for example, she was cursed and turned into stone due to her infidelity, and the only time the curse was broken was when a man named Sri Rama placed his foot on the rock where she was turned. Another example is the famous story entitled the Shakuntalam, the main character Shakuntala got her feet injured after walking on a sharp blade of grass, giving her an excuse for Dushyant to gaze on her for a longer period of time. In marriage, placing the foot of the wife over the ammi kai (grinding stone) is a sign of reaffirming their faithfulness to their marriage.

With the veneration of the feet, foot hygiene is of utmost importance in India. At one point in their history, there were over 800 bathing houses in the Agra region alone. These bathing houses offer services like body and foot massages and even have foot scrubbers made out of bronze that have ornate decorations.

Along with the feet, footprints are also seen as objects of worship and veneration. Buddhists in India worship the Bodhi tree in which Buddha was enlightened, which is also the location of where his footprints lie. In Hinduism, the three strides of Vishnu were able to banish Vamana after his third step reached the Mahabali. Until this day, people wear amulets that symbolize those three strides. Traditionally, the pada mudra, also known as the seal of a foot, is considered to bear the owner’s characteristics. Footprints are also the center of various beliefs. Examples include the use of black magic through footprints to victimize a person, and performing rites over a footprint of a woman could bring her love.

With feet being an important body part in Indian culture, it is easy to see why footwear is seen in a high regard.

 

 

Traditional Footwear in India

Traditional footwear in India

With the high importance of feet in Indian culture, it is no surprise that their shoes and slippers in India have a deep history.

Early Indian footwear can trace back its history to traditional scriptures from religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. It can also be seen on coins, murals, paintings, and sculptures. The usage of footwear in the country is well-documented and is seen as both a luxury and a practical item. There are also numerous shreds of evidence of ancient Indian footwear, which has been uncovered by archaeologists.

One of the earliest kinds of Indian footwear is the paduka. The paduka is a type of sandal that is worn by ascetics and mendicants and is known to have elaborate designs and decorations carved in. The sandal is known for its strapless design, only having a knob to place the first and second toes. Some versions have elevated wedges as well. Some of these sandals are made out of wood, ivory, metal, silver, and brass.

Another early type of footwear in India was sandals made out of wood, some of which were dated to be from 200 B.C. Some of these sandals were decorated with jewels and were used by royalty. Iron and stone were also known to have been used as footwear materials during the 13th century, with some of the insteps decorated with rubies and diamonds.

In the 17th century, sandals with upturned toes called mojiris were introduced. They are known to be a colorful type of footwear, with illustrations depicting them to be highly decorated. With the arrival of the English during the 18th century, their style was also integrated into their footwear. Some regions in India also have their own signature style, like the marhattis, which came from the Maharashta region, and the jutti from the Northern regions.

The making of these shoes, particularly the jutti, is an elaborate process that must be done by skilled and specialized craftsmen from the Punjab area. The overall process involves people from different communities around the area. First, the leather of the jutti comes from processed and tanned hides from the Chamars, which use a vegetable dyeing process that comes from kikkar and babool trees.

Next, the Rangaars color and paint the juttis. In certain cases, they can also decorate them using jewelry. The coloring comes from powdered pigments called sarfoola (yellow) and arsi gulabi (green). These colors are then applied using a shaving brush.

Finally, the Mochis assemble all the parts of the jutti, and do some final stitching and embroidery. The painted leather parts are cut into shapes according to the final design and are assembled accordingly. The process of clubbing the upper and back part (called the adda) to the sole (called the talla) is done using threads made out of cotton that meshes with the leather smoothly.

The embroidering process is done using stencils to cut and trace the designs. These shapes range from simple to complex shapes that have elaborate decorations. These designs are stitched using colorful threads that match the colors of the leather.

As the country reached the modern age, traditional styles of Indian footwear remained, as they are still popular and a part of the country’s culture. With the advent of industrialization and modernization, footwear became one of the world’s largest industries, with India having a large share. But despite the advancements of technology, which makes the manufacturing of shoes much faster, some craftsmen still prefer to stick with traditional methods, which give these shoes and slippers an authentic touch for each individual pair.

With this, modern designs of Indian footwear are highly influenced by their western counterparts, yet still have traces of traditional culture, which reminds them of its roots. As the footwear industry grows in the country, companies are looking to penetrate into the international market, and prove their quality. One of these companies looking to expand their company overseas is Minal Footwear.

Shoes and slippers from India can trace back its roots the very beginning of their history. It has remained an important part of their history, with different styles attributed to different regions in the country. The elaborate and beautiful designs of these sandals (for women and men) and shoes show the rich and colorful tradition and culture of the country and shows how important and revered the feet are in their culture.

 

 

The Importance of Indian Footwear

The Importance of Indian Footwear

Indian footwear is just as important as other parts of the country’s culture, as they not only bring a special and unique style to each of their people, but also gives them a reminder of their identity. Footwear remains an important part of people’s lives, as not only you protect your feet from outside elements and keep them comfortable, but it is also a way of expressing your style to other people.

There are many different kinds of footwear present across the world, and all of them have their special meaning and significance to their respective cultures. For the sandals and slippers of India, this will always ring true, even as the years go by and the traditions change.

 

What is Minal Footwear?

Minal Footwear is an Indian manufacturing company, which produces quality footwear. With the company’s success in their native India, the company aims to provide stylish and quality slippers from India to the Philippines.

Slippers from Minal Footwear are made out of polyurethane, which is a light and durable material. This ensures that the slippers are non-slip (much like step-in slippers), and remain classy, fashionable, and trendy. Minal Footwear aims to provide its customers with the most stylish, affordable, and durable footwear that is worth your money.

 

Why Choose Minal Footwear?

Shoes and slippers from Minal Footwear are of the highest quality; you are guaranteed that you are getting a product that is fashionable and durable at the same time. Buying Minal Footwear products also means that you are contributing to various charities connected to the company, which means all your purchases will be going to meaningful causes.

 

What are the products that Minal Footwear offers?

Minal Footwear offers a wide selection of slippers from India with diverse styles and designs. The different styles available are under three distinct categories, which are Aeroblu, Aerowalk, and Inblu. To look at the complete catalog of products available, you can look into this page. If you are looking into buying wholesale, you can go to this page. Keep in mind that buying a single product and in bulk would not affect the quality of the product that you are going to purchase.

 

How can you be a distributor of Minal Footwear?

By becoming a distributor of Minal Footwear, you are ensured that you are providing Filipinos with quality footwear and that you are promoting a product that is successful and trusted. For inquiries about distributing Minal Footwear products, or setting up your own store, you can check this page for further inquiries.

 

How can you know that you are purchasing a quality product?

Minal Footwear uses quality materials and ensures that these products pass the company’s standards. If you are curious as to what customers are saying about our products, you can read our testimonials page here and see what our customers have to say about their footwear.

 

Minal Footwear Charity

Other than providing the country with quality shoes and slippers, Minal Footwear is also donating a portion of its earnings to a selected number of charities as a way of giving back to the community. One of the goals of Minal Footwear is to be a company known for its Integrity, which is why charity is one of the company’s duties. To learn more about the charity efforts of Minal Footwear, visit this page.

If you have any further questions and inquiries regarding Minal Footwear, you can look into our FAQS page, or contact us through email or mobile. (Contact details are on this page).

Oops! Which Shoes to Wear During the Rainy Season?

which shoes to wear

Which shoes should one wear during the rainy season?

  1. Sandals
  2. Slip-proof kicks
  3. Rubber flats
  4. Boat shoes
  5. Quick-drying shoes
  6. Washable sneakers
  7. Flip flops
  8. Rain boots

 

 

The rainy season is just one thing – the mud, slippery terrain, puddles, and flood are another – hence, having a good flip flop or slippers on your bag is a must! The right footwear, of course, without disrupting your style may be difficult and sacrificing your best footwear is the least thing you would want to do. Not to mention that you also need to get to your destination safely.

So what to wear?

 

 

sandals

Sandals

Figuratively, people will opt for a sandal because first it is an open footwear and second, it is light-weight. However, it is also important to note that there are a wide variety of sandals you can find in stores – which is which?

First, choose a sandal that is made of durable material, something that could withstand the flow of water as it may be unavoidable to walk on flooded streets or sidewalks. It must also be the type of sandal that has a firm grip so as you would not slip and land on the cold and wet ground. Second, there are sandals that have noticeable thick soles which could be of use when walking on puddles.

However, if you are working, then choose a decent sandal that may be acceptable enough to wear at the office. After so, filter your choices with the first two criteria.

 

 

slip-proof kicks

Slip-proof kicks

If you are going to an off-trail hiking, then be sure to wear shoes that won’t let you slip. Most likely, if going for an urban concrete jungle, lace-up slip-proof kicks are the best choice to keep you safe and make you rainy-season ready.

 

 

rubber flats

Rubber flats

Rubber flats, also called as jelly flats, makes a good alternative for heels during the rainy season, especially on heavy ones. Aside from the fact that they are durable and could withstand the puddles on sidewalks or the heavy gush of water rain, they are available in different designs making them look like those stylish shoes you wear at work. The best thing about them? They are also available for males. Definitely a must-have!

 

 

boat shoes

Boat shoes

If you want to wear a stylish footwear that could surpass the drizzling outside, then better opt for a pair of boat shoes. However, it is better to choose something that is made of breathable material – or better yet, is made to be water resistant because, as unfortunate as it may sound, this pair of shoes is not actually meant for heavy rain. Nevertheless, it still helps.

 

 

quick-drying shoes

Quick-drying shoes

Going about the rainy season may be stressful – especially with your footwear. More often, you would need to wear one pair at multiple times. Hence, if that’s the case, you would need to dry your shoes immediately which may be hard to do due to the rainy season. With that in mind, you can opt for quick-drying shoes that are easy to dry and would look best for your office attire. Definitely, you should look for something that is made of breathable material as this makes it possible for the shoe to dry pretty quickly.

 

 

washable sneakers

Washable sneakers

Soaking your shoes in rain puddles, or even flood, may be inevitable during the wet season. Hence, in order to not let your favorite shoes dive into dirt and water, get yourself ready with a pair of washable sneakers. You can look for this specific pair of shoes at any department stores so you would not worry about your favorite pair anymore. In addition, you wouldn’t need to fret about the inner sole as its made to be removable for washing and is flexible enough to stash inside your bag. Hooray!

 

 

flip-flops

Flip flops

Generally, flip flops are your go-to kind of footwear for almost all seasons though they are much more of use during the summer and wet season. Basically, they are made of rubber or PVC material which is ideal for rains for the many characteristics that they have such as the following:

  • washable
  • easy-to-maintain
  • easily dries
  • durable

Another pick for stylish office workers are flip flops – as they come in a variety of designs, colors, and of course, are affordable and accessible. Additionally, it is available for men and women.

 

 

rain boots

Rain boots

Who would forget a pair of rain boots? Of course, these are specifically made for the rainy season. If you are worried that it might ruin your style – well you don’t have to worry anymore since a few brands are made to be wearable at the office. With various patterns and colors to choose from, you would definitely not think that they are rain boots.

 

 

Key Takeaway

The rainy season may be the hardest time to get your style slaying – but with this list of shoes, you will definitely have a lot to choose from. Additionally, it is important to note that your goal on choosing from these shoes is to get something that would keep you safe and get you through from point A to point B.