The Surprising History of Slippers: How the humble tsinelas became a popular Filipino icon

by Mario Alvaro Limos


“Eventually, slippers and shoes became symbols that segregated members of Filipino society into different social classes. According to the Yuchengco Museum, the bakya or wooden sandals were considered as cheap befitting the poor majority. The slippers or tsinelas were acceptable for the middle class, while the shoes or zapatos is a standard for the insulares, peninsulares, and some educated Spanish mestizos. Those without slippers or shoes were often looked down upon by society.”

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