The slipper is a form of comfortable footwear that is intended for indoor use. Its name stems from the notion that it can be slipped on without having to use one’s hands. The term can be traced back to the 15th century. Slippers are usually made out of soft materials that are very comfortable and insulating. They may be in the shape of a tpyical shoe or may have no heel so the foot can be slipped into the shoe.
The modern slipper originates from the Boudoir slipper used by the upper classes from the 15th century. It was a comfortable yet elaborately trimmed item of footwear, which was for indoor use and worn with a dressing gown. The modern slipper, although less elaborate, serves the same puprose. They come in a variery of materials, shapes and sizes.