Slipper Vs Shoe


Over centuries the protective, paternal shoe and the comforting, maternal slipper have defined their roles along humanity’s great walk.

What would we have done without our sturdy, waterproof shoe friend in the wet and snow of winter? Or truly relaxed our souls and feet without our furry slipper servants? Quite simply some things are best done in the smartness and practicality of shoes and others in the warmth and relaxed nature of slippers.

Photo by Joe Adams Photography

Though hold on a minute … as the world and our habits change, new opportunities are constantly being created for slipper and shoe: opportunities for battles. That’s right there’s a battle being waged between slipper and shoe. Each has their stronghold of things clearly better to do whilst wearing either slippers or shoes: things that cannot be challenged for fear of ridicule. But new activities, owned neither by slipper nor shoe, are popping up daily.

The following examples have been scored accordingly using the S.T.U.F.F scale (Scoring The Use For Footwear). When you’re familiar with the obvious activities to do in slippers or shoes, read on and enter the volatile grounds of the Great War of Slipper Vs Shoe. There is just one rule: don’t underestimate the power of the slipper.

Photo by Caro Wallis

The Job Interview

The job interview belongs to the shiny black shoe. If you’re in any doubt about this then try wearing your animal slippers next time you get to the interview stage.

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When You’re a Kid

Kids hate shoes, but love slippers, especially the ones with their favourite characters face’s on the front. Kids and slippers go together like bread and butter, except if the shoe has wheels on it.

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Photo by Sophie and Cie

The First Date

Unless you’ve fallen in love with a clown, going out on a first date in your slippers suggests that you haven’t made much of an effort and probably prefer being indoors. Shoes win this one hands err, feet down.

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Lazy Days

The alarm clock takes a day off, the dressing gown puts in overtime and you adjust your mood to chill-axed, dude. Shoes aren’t allowed within twenty miles of lazy days. Thank goodness for slippers.

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Photo by Giannis Kiratsous

In the Office

For so long the territory of the shoe, the fight for today’s 21st-century office, with all its stress-balls, Apple Macs and feng shui is intensifying. That’s right, nestled under those minimalist workstations and shuffling along polished wooden floors the slipper uprising has started. It’s a matter of time before the majority realize that slippers make sense in the office.

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This one’s a bit controversial as the law states the driver of a vehicle must be wearing suitable footwear. But it’s unclear what the best footwear is for driving; the warmth and comfort of the slipper or the sturdy sole (ideal for keeping the accelerator still) of the shoe.

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Going on Holiday

You don’t have to dress-up when you’re off on your hols. Oh no! If you’re lounging about an airport for five hours and then sitting on an aeroplane for another five hours, slippers are your best option. The shoe has held this one for quite some time and apart from airport queues standing on your feet, or looking good for a business trip, the shoe’s powers are weakening.

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The World’s Snuggliest Slippers


Never underestimate the power of your slippers, once said a wise man (who was wearing slippers).

And he was dead right. Slipper-wearers all over the world are feeling the benefits of owning cosy slippers. There’s not a more snugger feeling than squeezing your pinkies into two furry burrows and forgetting about the winter’s night outside. From Argentinean sheepskin to Peruvian llama wool, when it comes to warm feet, slipper-wearers the world over sure take snuggleism seriously. Yes, that’s ‘snuggleism’ (it’s in the Slipper Dictionary).

Or maybe your slippers aren’t that snug? Never mind, the path to snuggleism awaits you … so before your pinkies freeze and drop off, take note of some ancient slipper wisdom. Read on, and be enlightened by the world of slipper luxury.

Peruvian Alpaca / Llama Slippers (photo by ChezShawna)

Peruvian Alpaca/Llama Slippers
It’s extremely cold up in the Andes, but the llama and its furry cousin (the alpaca) are just fine with their thick coats. So the Peruvians keep warm too with handmade alpaca fur slippers. Soft, fluffy and luxurious, these little feet toasters are made from 100% alpaca fur and make everyday feel like summer in footworld.




Sheep’s Wool Slippers

Sheep’s Wool Slippers
From the snow-capped horizons of New Zealand and Argentina to the frosty winter mornings of England, sheep have been lending their woolly locks to shivering folk for centuries. Thick, soft and extremely warm, sheep’s wool slippers are just the job and perfect for dealing with the British cold snaps.



Himalayan Cat Slippers

Himalayan Cat Slippers
We’re going even higher for the next stop on the magical mystery slipper tour. On the roof of the world up in Nepal, feet have to be extra snug, so slippers are made from a range of things including straw and animal furs such as yak, cat and rabbit.




Alaskan Eskimo Slippers

Alaskan Eskimo Slippers
And when it comes to keeping seriously warm, nobody does it quite like the Eskimos. From Siberia to Alaska the freezing far north is home to the royalty of slipper-wearing. Made from durable moose-hides and lined with fur from Arctic rabbit or beaver, Eskimo slippers put the snug into snuggleism.



Though be warned, this kind of warmth isn’t for the rookie snug-seeker. In fact it’s a little too much for our relatively roasting winter shores, so make sure you choose wisely when seeking snug slippers.