How to choose slippers for yourself, husband, children? This question arises from time to time for every hostess. I want shoes to be comfortable, safe, wearable and practical at the same time. In addition, it would be nice if the selected models are easy to wash, do not accumulate unpleasant odors and retain their presentation. To do this, you need to take into account several important nuances both at the stage of choosing suitable options for home shoes, and in the process of wearing and caring for them.
Types of home shoes
Home shoes, like shoes for the street, have different purposes: there are models for everyday wear, for receiving guests, shoes for the bathroom. Home models also differ in seasonality: in winter, warm, cozy options are preferable, in summer — light, as open as possible. However, for any models there is one general rule — they must all be comfortable, safe and durable.
How to choose home slippers correctly? There are several important points to pay special attention to:
Choose shoes for everyday wear — buy models with a light, flexible, non-slip sole without a heel. These are stable and safe slippers, suitable even for people with pronounced flat feet.
Do not overuse shoes with open heels. You can’t rub calluses in it even for people with very sensitive skin, but it’s easier to tuck an unfixed leg.
If you suffer from swelling, do not take slippers of your size. It is better to choose a size larger with a wide toe and upper made of elastic materials.
Decorative slippers made of fleece in the shape of funny animals are just a way to keep your feet warm. Walking in it is uncomfortable, and constant wear can adversely affect posture and gait.
And finally, holiday slippers. Beautiful, richly decorated slippers are suitable for receiving guests and are completely unsuitable for everyday wear, as they quickly lose their presentation.
The right choice: how to choose home shoes in size?
First of all, you should pay special attention to the size of the model you like:
If these are shoes made of non-elastic fabrics, leather or polyurethane, then it is worth taking a size larger
Slippers made of knitwear, fleece, artificial plush or natural sheepskin can be selected according to your size. They can spread a little and it is more convenient to “sit down” on the leg.
When choosing shoes with a high top, pay attention to its inner diameter, the presence of fasteners or elastic inserts.
Toddlers should choose closed shoes that will not fall off their feet even if the child is actively moving. For a private home and wearing in winter, soft babushkas made of sheep’s wool are ideal.
In addition to size, it is worth considering the fullness of the leg. Now this parameter is not indicated on the sole, therefore, it is possible to determine whether the shoes fit only after trying them on.
Entertaining materials science
The choice of material is just as important as the choice of slippers. Not only the comfort of the one who will wear it depends on this, but also the convenience of caring for the chosen model:
Slippers made from natural materials are considered the best — flannel, felt, cotton, natural wool. They are hygroscopic, feet in such shoes do not sweat, heat is retained much better.
Such models are easy to wash, both by hand and in the washing machine, choosing a gentle mode. After drying, they do not “sit down” and are not deformed.
As an alternative, slippers made of genuine leather are suitable — they are very durable and strong. One important condition is that the lining must be made of natural cotton or felt, otherwise, the legs will constantly sweat, an unpleasant smell will appear.
It is better to buy slippers for winter from sheepskin. They are very warm, very comfortable and easy to care for.
How to care for and how to wash slippers?
How to wash house slippers? Very simple! However, it is worth choosing the means and care options wisely. To reduce the number of “water procedures”, it is necessary to regularly ventilate and dry slippers. Periodically, textile slippers can be washed and it is easier to do it by hand. Models made of leather and fur will last longer if you regularly use dry cleaning and treatment with antiseptic agents that neutralize unpleasant odors.
Many models are machine washable, but you should choose the water temperature and mode depending on the top material. Natural wool and felt should not be washed in too hot water — shoes will definitely shrink and become small. Don’t forget to reshape your shoes after you’ve finished washing your slippers.
Do not use bleach — synthetics will turn yellow from it, and natural materials may lose their original properties. Choose detergents with an optimal alkali content and rinse your shoes thoroughly. The skin of the legs, although rougher, is quite sensitive to chemical “irritants”. The most harmless thing that you can earn after such washing is itching and burning. You can scent clean shoes with special sprays or a couple of drops of tea tree oil.