The Sixth Age of Man – “Shifts into lean and slippered pantaloon”
Symbolic of age and increasing frailty
And why not?
Are feet not entitled to be cosseted
Those extremities petted and pampered?
After all they have supported us
All the day long of this troublous life
They have earned their reward
Carpet slippers – sometimes with Velcro fastening
Stigmatised as high fashion for the care home
The last stand of fragile feet
But isn’t this a bit unfair?
Slippers by definition
Can be slipped on and off
No wrestling with the intricasies of lace tying
At an unreachable distance
Easy access too for your friendly
Chiropodist or [modern] podiatrist
The raison d’etre of carpet slippers
Is to provide comfort
For the weary sole
A function they lovingly perform
But utility is not the only measure
Leather and different fabrics may be employed
And colour and style can enhance
Their otherwise drab image
So don’t be annoyed when younger relatives
Choose to select them as your number one
Be proud to wear your slippers
You won’t be carpeted for doing so!