House Slippers

SIC 3142

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This classification includes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing house slippers of leather or other materials.

The house slippers industry falls under the auspices of the nonrubber footwear industry, which produces all types of footwear except rubber protective and rubber-soled "sneakers." House slippers may be constructed with leather, vinyl, plastic, cloth, or textile uppers for both genders of all ages.

The modern structure of house slipper manufacturing is characterized by several major brand names with primary distribution through department store venues. The leading brand names differentiate themselves by comfort and fashion levels. In the late 2000s, the leading brand names included Dearfoams by R.G. Barry Corporation and Isotoners by Totes Isotoners. Despite a recession during the late 2000s, which extended into the early 2010s, the slipper industry performed well, capitalizing on consumers' desire to "nest" during economically troublesome times as well as on a growing crossover trend to make slippers in styles suitable for out-of-the-house wear, first made popular with UGGs by Decker Outdoor Corporation. Imports in 2009 totaled $155.45 million, of which $152 million (97.8 percent) came from China.

The slipper industry is generally divided between two portions of the market. One segment is characterized by older, housebound individuals and hospitalized patients. This sector of the market seeks products that are lightweight, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and unlikely to fall off the feet. As the U.S. population continued to age, this segment continued to expand into the early 2010s. The second segment of the market treats slippers as a fashion accessory. UGG boots, commonly known as UGGs, are unisex sheepskin boots. UGGs became vastly popular during the late 2000s; Decker's revenues under the UGG label jumped from $14.5 million in 1995 to $689 million in 2008. The slipper companies followed suit by making similar styles and crossover styles that served the dual purpose as shoe and slipper. Thus the segment of the slipper industry that catered to slippers as accessories also grew during the late 2000s. For fiscal year 2010, for example, R.G. Barry Corporation reported earnings of $123.8 million, an 8.8 percent increase from the previous year.

To maintain profitability, the house slipper industry considered new technology essential to increasing productivity and lowering costs of manufacturing. The increased use of computers had already integrated design, management, manufacturing, and marketing functions. Overall, the industry emphasized such nonprice factors as quality and quick delivery in competition with imports. Through computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), companies linked computer system data to autostitchers, milling, and turning machines. The industry also increased its use of three-dimensional CAD, which produces more accurate slipper patterns and reduced the number of prototypes needed. The industry must compete with cheaper imports, and much of the industry's production facilities are outsourced to overseas locations to take advantage of cheaper labor.

According to data gathered by Accessories, microsuede clogs led sales in slippers in 2009, followed by cable knit clogs, reflecting the trend toward crossover wear. Moccasins with fur or fleece lining overtook ballerina-type slippers to take second place. The Accessories report stated: "The line between what defines traditional footwear and merchandise in this category continues to blur." Boots at the ankle and midcalf were also exceptionally popular during 2009. According to Accessories, sales of slippers and casual (including casual sandals) for 2009 totaled $724.2 million. Of that total, department stores generated $236.5 million (33 percent); national chains, $125.5 million (17 percent); specialty shores (including shoe stores), $94 million (13 percent), mass merchants, $225.2 million (31 percent), and other channels, $43 million (six percent).

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