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Japanese toilet slippers

The slipper ( French pantoufle , slipper '; colloquially also slippers , sandals , slippers , Schlorren ; Austrian. Slippers , silts or slippers ) is a footwear ( unisex ) from sole and toe cap, but - in contrast to the shoe or boot  - without heel.


Slippers probably come from the Orient , where they were often richly decorated with embroidery and stamp gilding. This soft, studded slipper type shows a characteristic, pointed forward, slightly bulbous shape and is Pampusche - even Babusche  called into German borrowed from - French babouche , which over the Maghreb-Arab. bābūsch goes back to Pers. pāpūsch "footwear" (from Pers. "foot" and Pers. pūschīdan "to wear "). The northern German form Puschen is probably influenced by the Polish papuć (same origin). The oldest slippers have so far been found in Coptic graves from the 2nd to 8th centuries. They came to Italy via Byzantium and have been known in the rest of Europe since the 15th century .

Since the 19th century, comfortable slippers have also been called slippers, even if they have a heel piece, i.e. they are actually low shoes. The saying “to stand under the slipper” originates from this time: at that time, middle-class wives were closely tied to the house and wore slippers. Husbands who submitted to the domestic ruler were "under the slipper", became "slipper heroes".


In Japanese households, slippers have a special meaning. On the one hand, slippers are almost always worn in households, as you should never enter an apartment with your street shoes. On the other hand, additional slippers are only provided for using the toilet .

Castle slippers are called wide, single-crowned natural hair felt slippers, which are worn over street shoes to protect the floors during castle tours and the like.


The mule is a shoe model related to the slipper. In contrast to the slipper, it is not intended for indoor use. Rather, it is a - mostly summery - street footwear (identification: street-suitable outsoles). These are unisex shoes, the shaft of which is characterized by a closed front part without a rear part and which have a heel.

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Wiktionary: Slipper  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
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