Today most of us have a pair of slippers. Something comfortable to use at home when we want to relax and give our feet a break after hours of working wearing not-so-comfortable shoes. But do you know the origin of slippers?
Slippers are very connected to Eastern history. They have played a very important role in Japanese culture (still today), but it seems more likely that they originate in the Persia area.
They were very comfortable shoes that were easy to remove when someone had to sit in one of the famous low chairs. They were also ideal for walking and travelling with them, so the feet could always have some way to breathe and rest. Yet, at the same time, they were protected from the rocky ground.
As mentioned, slippers have a huge importance in Japan. As one might know by experience or have seen in movies, people must leave their shoes at the entrance of every place in Japan (private houses, restaurants, hotels, resorts) because Japanese people think the feet should breathe after a long day of work. Sometimes they give you a pair of slippers so you can use them inside, but always remember that the feet must breathe and rest.
It took some time until the slippers arrived in Europe. The premise of comfort and being able to make trips wearing them was the biggest incentive, and it was not until some point between the 16th and the 17th centuries that they had their entrance into Old Europe.
The 18th century was the golden era for slippers, usually connected to luxury and richness, and only the highest classes and royalty would have a pair of them.
Nowadays, as mentioned previously, slippers are something common all over the world. They have become a part of our daily life. We wear them home when we want to feel comfortable and bring them with us during our trips.
Every time you use your slippers, you can think about the rich history of something so essential for our daily life.
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