To pinpoint exactly who invented the slipper or when would probably take more than a Google search. I'm sure there are a variety of fascinating history books about the origins of the Persian slipper or what the literary significance of Cinderella's glass slipper is, but, to be honest, I'm more interested to find out which ones I should buy my Dad this Christmas.
After all, buying a present for a man can be quite tricky. Especially, if the gentleman in question seems to have everything he could possibly want or need and, like me, your budget doesn't stretch to an iPad 4.
More and more brands seem to be crafting sheepskin slippers, but Just Sheepskin and Ugg are probably the most well-know labels to use this material. Frequently worn out and about, Ugg's Ascot slippers are designed to be worn outside as well as indoors. That's perfect for when dad needs to put out the wheelie bin or pick up his newspaper from the front step. Very warm and cosy, the Just Sheepskin Garrick slippers have received over 20 5-star reviews from customers. For a bit more dandy-esque sheepskin slippers try Drapers of Glastonbury's Anton pair in light blue.
Ah, the novelty Christmas slipper. It's not just for Christmas, but for life. Well, perhaps not life, but definitely several years. Like most character slippers, our reindeer and Father Christmas ones are fun, warm and cushioned. They'll instantly get the whole family in the Yuletide spirit and are a great talking point when worn at any other time of year. Grandchildren and pets alike love them, so dad can remain at the centre of attention (his favourite place to be). They also help diffuse any tense moments.
For a more conservative dresser there's always the basic slipper. From black mules to brown moccasins, a leather slipper is dependable, protective and low key. Totes also have quite a sober, yet thoroughly comfortable shape that appeals to many men. Of course it's possible to be slightly daring in this category by option for a slightly more adventurous colour, like burgundy or crimson red.
This year, when it comes to patterned slippers, the Bedroom Athletics' Harris Tweed ones are certainly the cream of the crop. They're made of Harris Tweed, a fabric that has stood the test of time to remain highly sought after, and have Grade A Australian sheepskin linings to ensure comfort, warmth and protection. If you think that a slightly more structured pair of textile slippers would be better, then opt for Carota 2 by Ted Baker. With a shoe-like shape, yet featuring a thick faux-fur lining to engulf the feet in blissful softness. A Fair Isle pair are also a fine choice for the cold season.
I hope he likes the ones I've chosen...