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How long should slippers last?

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Slipper can be a comfortable, convenient and fun footwear option for both adults and children alike. They come in different designs, sizes, and materials, and are typically worn indoors. However, like any other footwear, slippers have a lifespan, and it's essential to know how long they should last and when to replace them. Additionally, it's important to consider if slippers stretch and whether they are recyclable.

The lifespan of slippers depends on several factors, including the quality of materials used, how often they’re used, and how well they are maintained. Generally, slippers can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, but typically need to be replaced around once a year when worn frequently. For children, who tend to outgrow their shoes quickly, slippers may be outgrown long before this.

Slippers made from high-quality materials, such as suede, tend to last longer than those made from synthetic materials – resulting in you replacing them less frequently. Also, check out the soles. Slippers with sturdy ‘true’ soles will last a lot longer than those with flimsy integrated soles.

It's important to replace slippers when they start to show signs of wear and tear, regardless of how long you’ve had them. Worn-out slippers can affect the foot’s comfort and support, particularly in kids who’s feet are forming and developing until their late teens.

How often should you replace slippers?

It's essential to replace slippers when they start to show signs of wear and tear. Some of the signs to look out for include holes, worn-out soles, and loose stitching. Worn-out slippers can become unsupportive and uncomfortable. In some instances, particularly with uneven wear, this can cause leg or back aches as the body tries to compensate for the differences.

As slippers are typically an indoor shoe, wearing them outside too often will also lead to you needing to replace them more frequently, as this puts them under extra wear and tear.

For children, it's important to replace slippers as soon as they outgrow them. Wearing slippers that are too small can cause discomfort and may lead to foot problems, so don’t forget to check the fit or measure their feet regularly.

Do slippers stretch?

Slippers made from natural materials such as suede can stretch over time, to accommodate foot shape, while synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon do not stretch as much. This happens because the fibres of the natural material gradually relax with use, allowing the slipper to mould to the shape of the foot.

It's important to note that not all slippers stretch the same way. Some slippers may stretch more than others, depending on the type of material used and how often they are worn. A little stretch is a good thing, but too much can cause issues as they’ll no longer fit and support correctly.

Additionally, exposure to moisture can also cause slippers to stretch, as the fibres become more pliable when wet. To prevent excessive stretching, it’s important to choose slippers that fit snugly but comfortably when you first buy them, and avoid wearing them in wet or damp conditions, such as outside. Check out our how should slippers fit blog for advice on how slippers should fit.

Are slippers recyclable?

Slippers are not always recyclable, especially if they are made from synthetic materials. However, some slippers made from natural materials such as wool or cotton can be recycled or even composted!

When it comes to children's slippers, the vast majority will inevitably become outgrown before they’re outworn. It can sometimes be tricky to know what to do with old shoes as no one wants to see them in landfill. If they are still in good condition, why not donate to family or friends, or your local charity shop? For those that have seen better days what not look to salvage any parts or materials and create something new with them. Kids have great imaginations, so if you’re stuck for ideas why not ask them?