Thursday, November 24, 2011

Beware of these "Slippers"

Look at the sole of this bathroom / household / Hawai slippers.

Its "designer" must have contributed to the financial well-being of orthopaedics and pharmacists at great risk to life and limb of people.

You wear a pair of these and step on water on smooth floor (not the rough road is what I mean) and hey presto!, you are horizontal on the floor. The sole has pyramid shaped depressions. When your weight falls on the slipper, the air trapped in the depressions must somehow escape. When it does you become a "hovercraft" and the foot does not get any grip.

So, before you buy a pair of slippers (What a perfect name in this case!), watch out for the sole. Avoid those with this feature like the plague! If you have a pair at home like this, cut them and throw them away. If I am not mistaken, even Bata sells a model like this, in India.

There may be other such designs. If you look at the soles, you will be able to see if air could be trapped somewhere. 

So beware!

1 comment:

  1. You maintain a clean toilet and bathroom and still you want slippers - to slip and fall? You have to maintain the toilet dirty, otherwise the 'protection' is a waste! More a fashion IMO. Some of the old practices are the best. Wash the feet as well after a visit!

    It's nice you have explained the sole technically for poor souls to understand! Just like the orthopaedics and vehicle suspension manufacturers had a tie-up with road-hump layers, Bata also seems to have a tie-up with orthopaedics! :)

    Those 'light weieght' material used for such slippers are the most dangerous. Rubber slippers from Lunar's may be the most suitable! In fact it is my favourite for outdoor use. I have to feel the feet to the ground at our old home!