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What is the name in English please?

(This is that we wear at home.)

Do you also know the name of the closed version of this? I mean that one that doesn't show the toes.

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    Flip-flops. It is said that the name comes from the sound these shoes make when walking.
    – Stephie
    Jul 9, 2015 at 8:53
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    Very practical hint: For problems like this one, go to the corresponding Wikipedia article in your language (Italian?), then switch to the language you need.
    – Stephie
    Jul 9, 2015 at 8:59
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    What do you mean by "that doesn't show the toes?" I think that would need more explanation and could lead to another answer...
    – Stephie
    Jul 9, 2015 at 9:01
  • Flip-flops have a flat spongy rubber sole, and they float in water. These flip-flops are a slightly more decorative version with bead-work "uppers". Jul 9, 2015 at 21:54

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Flip-flops, or sandals.

(Sorry for the short length of this answer, but there's not much more to explain)


They are flip-flops. Where I live, older people sometimes still call them "thongs", which was an older name for them that fell out of use when thong underwear became popular. Be aware that you might hear them referred to this way, but it is best to use "flip-flops" yourself.

  • 'Thongs' is the common name in Australian English. 'Flip-Flops' in most other places.
    – Chenmunka
    Jul 10, 2015 at 19:02

The answer is flip-flops, have a look at this Google image search as a source.

The general name for these kind of slip-in shoes, that you slip your foot in and out, is slipper.
See this Google image search and this definition from Merriam-Webster:

a light low-cut shoe that is easily slipped on the foot

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    In the UK, a slipper is a shoe that you wear around the house.
    – Steve Ives
    Jul 9, 2015 at 9:36
  • @SteveIves - it always puzzled me as a child why Cinderella wore slippers to go to a party - I always had this mental picture of fluffy bunny feet made of glass ;) Jul 9, 2015 at 10:02
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    I think "slip-on" or "loafer" might be better than slipper, which could be confused with the fuzzy type.
    – ColleenV
    Jul 9, 2015 at 12:53
  • Slippers has two meanings in the US, the shoe worn around the house (often fur-lined) and elegant shoes worn with ball gowns, often little more than a few straps. Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz wears "ruby slippers" but few slippers of either variety look like that nowadays. americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/ruby-slippers Jul 9, 2015 at 22:00

While I've never thought of them as a closed version of flip-flops, shoes with an open back and a covered toe are called mules.

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