We can state that the slippers of Szeged are one of the most important Hungaricums. They are used since the Turks invaded the country and legend says they sometimes became friendly to fight the Turks. Before the slippers women mainly wore boots.
The special features that make Szeged slippers unique are:
1. They have a small (3-4 cm) heel.
2. The head part of the slippers go all the way to the heels and does not end at the peg.
3. They come at many colours but there is always embroidery on the front.
4. They can also be decorated with pearls or a pom-pom.
The slippers became so popular that every region developed its own version of it, such as ‘Matyó’ or Serbian slippers. Although they had their golden age in the 19th century, when the industry was blooming, there days there are only 2 traditional shoemakers left.
Today I went to the Móra Ferenc Museum In Szeged to see an exhibition that is dedicated only to the famous slippers and I absolutely loved it! It tells the history, the preparation process in a very interactive way with pictures of women wearing the slippers . The highlight is a pink design of a current artist.
Click here to find out more about this exhibition!
Click here if you want to see how the slippers are made: