My obsession with creating the slippers grew out of having a baby crawling on the floor of my apartment in downtown L.A., and knowing that my husband and I had to stop wearing outdoor shoes indoors. Not wanting to track in the elements seemed obvious. I quickly became in tune to the fact that slippers are the norm in so many cultures around the world. Here's some of my favorite international, slipper trivia.
SLIPPERS AT SCHOOL / USSR
Margarita Gokun Silver writes in the Atlantic of slippers and growing up in the USSR, “We carried them to school where our fellow students stood guard at the door posted by the principal with the sole purpose of checking our bags for smenka, the change of footwear.”
TOILET SLIPPERS / JAPAN
You know that the Japanese wear slippers, but did you know that they have a pair designated as “toilet slippers?”
NAKED FEET / FRANCE
In France, it’s not necessarily about removing your outdoor shoes, but it’s about having covered feet. A friend of mine was living in Paris and as she walked around her apartment barefoot, her housekeeper shouted, “No naked feet! Put your slippers on!”