After reading the funny Top 10 Worst Shoes To Wear And Step In Dog Poop list, I decided to put together a list of ten unusual slippers/flip-flops that will definitely blow your mind. The good part is that most of them can be bought. It’s not surprising that slippers are such a popular gift idea. They are inexpensive, practical and appeal to all ages and genders. There are many styles to suit different tastes. What’s your favorite?
10. Turkish Slippers
9. Ashiato Flip-flops
Based on traditional Japanese footwear, the Ashiato beach sandals come in four sizes, five colors – pink, blue, yellow, orange, green – and five different animal foot prints – monkey, cat, owl, gecko and dinosaur. The fun flip-flops leave paw prints in the sand and can be easily purchased online. If you’re interested, check out the official website for more details: kiko+
8. Keyboard Flip-Flops
The number eight goes to the fabulous Kito Keyboard 2.0 flip-flops. They are available in many colors and are mandatory for all computer nerds. The Keyboard 2.0 thongs were successfully launched in January 2011 and continue to sell very well. The super technologically advanced-looking shoes use “keys” to massage your soles. I guess you could recycle an old keyboard and make your own flip-flops, but for some reason I don’t think they would be quite as soft and comfortable as the trendy Kito Keyboard 2.0 flip-flops.
7. Mop / Dust Slippers
Slippers can be creepy, sexy, fun to wear but also practical. These dust slippers seem to be very popular in the US since most of the online reviews are positive. According to the manufacturer, the fluffy microfiber fingers that make up the soles catch hair, dirt and gather dust bunnies. They are machine washable and should be used only on dry floors (wood, vinyl, tile etc.) Did you try them out?
6. Tapistongs Carpet with Inbuilt Thongs
I think most of you are fascinated by crazy ideas and when those unconventional ideas transform into useful and practical products, the interest grows. Tapistongs is an interesting example. The stylish carpet designed by Lise El Sayed comes with matching, inbuilt flip flopd. Buy this amazing carpet and you will finally have enough ‘slippers’ for all your guests J
5. Double-Sides Slippers
“Made of a thin sheet of rubber with a slit in the middle, the Double-Sides Slippers have been created to enable the user to wear the slippers from both directions,” claims Zhang Xun and Li Cheng, the designers who won the 2008 Red Dot Award for Design Concept with these slippers. The concept behind the futuristic slippers is based on the Yin Yang philosophy. The Double-Sides Slippers are made of flexible and soft material that provide comfort and stability.
3. Star Wars Slippers
Character-inspired slippers are so cute! The Darth Vader, Master Yoda and Chewbacca slippers are in my top preferences. Geek chic or what? Definitely a must-have for Star Wars fans of all ages. Homer Simpson slippers are also very popular. Slip your feet inside Homer’s mouth and enjoy the coziness. Believe it or not, Freud and his ideas have inspired many people, including slipper designers. I don’t know what I love more: the Freudian slippers or their original product description? “Sigmund Freud understood the value of comfortable things. The most famous example is that therapy couch of his. While all the other therapists in town were using hard wooden stools and benches, people were lining up outside Berggasse 19 to lie on Freud’s comfy chaise. We’ve taken our cue from Freud in designing these fun and comfy Freudian Slippers. They’re fuzzy and plush and look like the great master himself. As an extra feature, each slipper has our patented built-in sock tongue! Spending a relaxing Sunday morning in your Freudian Slippers is as satisfying as a breakthrough therapy session – and considerably less expensive. The Freudian Slippers are available in men’s and women’s sizes. They also come in an attractive gift box and make a great gift for anyone in therapy (or needing therapy) – which is pretty much everyone you know.” (Philosophersguild.com)
2. Slippers with LED Light
How many of you share a bedroom with someone who keeps a small flashlight and slippers near the bed? I don’t want to get too personal here, but I understand you. Let’s buy a pair of Bright Feet slippers to help our partners find their way through the dark. These unique slippers are both weight and light sensitive, so they light up only in the dark while you’re wearing them. The LEDs easily illuminate an area 20 to 25 feet in front of you and four replaceable lithium-ion batteries power the slippers.
1. Creepy Slippers: Baby & Rat Slippers
The number one goes to some of the creepiest slippers I’ve ever seen. To cut a long story short, you either love babies or hate them so much, you feel the need to wear the Baby Doll Slippers (which apparently make a very unusual moaning and crying noise while walking). Either way, something went horribly wrong with you. Someone made these disturbing slippers four years ago at Burning Man, an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert. The Rat Slippers, on the other hand, are less disturbing but equally perplexing. Who ‘wouldn’t’ want to wake up in the morning and see two ‘cute’ rats popping out from under the bed?
Bonus – Coming soon: 3G Slippers
Engineers are working hard on 3G/Smart Slippers. Mobile companies came up with the idea to incorporate a tracking chip into slippers. The accelerometer’s role is to detect when the wearer has fallen over. It immediately notifies relatives. Verizon and AT&T are testing the waters. The 3G slippers cost around $100 and the plan is to offer the service for about $26/month. It seems that mobile operators turn to crazy ideas to squeeze more revenue from their customers.