Slipper Culture

What cultural significance do slippers have around the world? Well, let’s start with Russia. One is expected to take off one’s shoes upon entry to a home. So far straightforward. You are then to wear a pair of slippers around the house. These are called ‘tapochkiy!’ Once these bad boys are on, you have been deemed respectful. How about Japan? Similar trend. Upon entry into an indoor area, you have to remove your outdoor footwear. It’s a hygiene thing! There are often shoe racks, called ‘genkan,’ which (you guessed it!) also contain fury slippers, ready for use! The idea underpinning this transaction is the idealistic goal of relaxation. Stay tuned for more cultural observations on our beloved slipper-world. Sammy

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