The chicest slippers of the moment, the limelight of Friulian women.
Need a pair of comfortable, lightweight shoes? Friulian slippers will definitely be your best choice this season, don't thank us!
Just take a walk around cities like Rome, Milan and Florence, and you will notice that the trend of the moment are these super chic slippers.
Worn since the 1800s, they were originally considered poor shoes from the Friulian countryside, hand-sewn using discarded materials, even going so far as to recycle bicycle tyres to make the soles.
After the First World War, they arrived in Venice where they became popular among gondoliers (being non-slip), providing stability without ruining the paintwork of the boats.
Moreover, the story goes that they were also worn by lovers who, thanks to the shoe's silent step, met without attracting attention.
Where this interest in Crocs stems from is unclear, but we have noticed a boom in demand especially since the lockdown period, which has been so nagging at us, when many people have started to look for 'homewear' clothing and accessories, as in the United States with the case of Crocs, so-called 'loungewear'.
A trend that is not yet dead, despite the fact that two years have passed since the quarantine, this is because the Friulian women have conquered all, thanks to their simple and elegant style, they are able to make every look perfect. They are also unisex and suitable for any age group.
In Milan, in Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, it was the historic Gallon shoe shop that benefited in 2020, finding itself selling at least a hundred Friulian shoes a day, without even accepting reservations because of the high demand.
Gastaldi, the owner of a small Venetian shop, also recounted that he initially started his business through a small Friulian stall on the Rialto Bridge in '98.
Later in 2009, he and his wife were forced to move, almost to the point of closing the business. Fortunately for them, they decided to reopen the shop near the bridge, in an old goldsmith's shop.
The craftsman noticed that many people also use Friuli shoes outside their homes, and as he produces shoes with soles made of recycled rubber, which does, however, wear out, he reported that he is therefore considering innovative solutions to make them even more durable.
Also complicit in this trend are many influencers, who show off various colours of these slippers on social media, enticing their audience to buy them.
They were called 'scarpez' by the Friulian writer, Novella Del Fabbro, who almost thirty years ago wrote the book 'Scarpez e galacios' (shoes and galacios), not expecting such attention for the shoes typical of her land.
One of the rumours is that many women cannot wear them if they are used to a 12 heel;
Proving otherwise is Kate Moss, who, having surrendered to comfort, has been spotted wearing the scarpez on several occasions, and we can't blame her.
To this day, Friulian slippers are considered the quintessential pair of shoes of a 'radical chic', a term used almost insultingly to refer to people who, for fashion or convenience, profess radical and left-wing political tendencies.
No matter though, the charm of these shoes is unparalleled and they are now our favourites too!
Let's just hope they don't become a meteor like the ballerinas which, although they resemble them quite a bit in shape, had a much shorter life.
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