What are Chinese Slippers?

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Chinese slippers are also called ballet flats. These types of shoes have a flat sole, no insole support and the upper material is usually silk or a similar material. The slipper is rounded at the toe and opens across the top of the foot. This type of slipper is suitable for use indoors, as the sole of the shoe is very thin and there is no arch support built into the shoe. The fabric material across the top of the shoe is attached with glue or stitches.

When purchasing Chinese slippers, it is important to check three items: quality of material, thickness of the sole, and fit. These types of slippers are inexpensive, ranging in price from $10 to $35 US Dollars (USD). Inspect any slippers before purchasing them to ensure the best value for your money.

The quality of the material used has a huge impact on the longevity and comfort of your slippers. Look for real silk and make sure that the padding is compressed cotton padding, not cotton fibers. Fibers wear down over time and drift into lumps under the silk. This can rub the skin, creating calluses and sore spots.


Look at the thickness of the sole of the slipper and make sure that it is at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. It will provide a minimal amount of cushion when you walk, but are better than no cushion at all. Remember that knee and back pain often stem from poor footwear with insufficient padding and support.

When trying on Chinese slippers, make sure that they fit correctly; do not buy slippers that are too big or too small. Make sure that your toes lie flat and that you can move them comfortably. Slippers that are too small will cause you to tighten the muscles in your foot, causing soreness in your lower calf muscles. Slippers that are too large become a tripping hazard.

Chinese slippers are available in a wide range of colors and styles. Fancy slippers may have beads, sequins, or embroidery. The patterns and designs of the embroidery can range from simple flowers to elaborate dragons or other Asian imagery.

Replace your slippers every six to nine months, as these types of slippers are not meant for long-term use. Over time, the sole of the shoe wears down and provides uneven padding. This can affect your balance, as it creates uneven weight distribution.


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