It’s common place in Austria for people to wear house shoes (referred to as slippers in England) around the home. The same house shoes are also a requirement for children in schools. On entering her school H goes straight to her cloakroom and swaps her boots for house shoes before bouncing up the stairs to her classroom.
For H and her primary school friends house shoes represent no major issue. But consider the challenge for your average teenager seeking that cool swagger or disinterested slouch down a corridor. I leave you dear read to contemplate the challenge and the effort required (and sometimes achieved) to secure the required look. For the rest of us whether at home or in public the house shoe produces a distinctive shuffle but does help to keep the floors clean.