The original French wool slippers are here!
The Charentaise felt slippers originally from Charente in France were created in the 17th century, during the reign of world-renowned king Louis the 14th. They were made out of felt scraps from the Royal Navy. Felt was at the time the fabric used to make capes.
Originally, Charentaises were fitted inside clogs in order to improve comfort while keeping feet warm. Later, they were mainly used by domestic workers in French noble households. Servants could easily move around the house without waking the masters, while also polishing the floorboards.
In the early 20th century, a shoemaker (from Charente!) had the brilliant idea to equip the slipper with a hard sole: The real Charentaise that we know today was born.
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