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1945

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From one woman's innovative idea to a billion pairs of slippers later, Dearfoams remains a legacy brand that gives you the comfort of home anywhere and anytime.

Dearfoams pictures from 1945

1945

Florence Zacks Melton, Columbus, OH, inventor and entrepreneur, created detachable shoulder pads for women's military-style fashions of the time.

1947

Florence Melton visited the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, OH, to research new materials for her shoulder pads. There, she found foam latex, a material that was developed during WWII. Florence decided that the material would be best used in footwear, not shoulder pads, and she created her first slipper prototype.

Dearfoams pictures from 1947
Dearfoams pictures from 1948

1948

Dearfoams introduces the world's first foam-cushioned, washable slipper. It is an immediate hit in the notions area of department stores.

1958

Dearfoams moves slippers from notions departments to first floor hosiery departments, launching what will evolve into the accessory footwear category.

Dearfoams pictures from 1958
Dearfoams pictures from 1979

1979

Net sales top $100 million mark for the first time.

1980

Dearfoams Warm-Up Boots become one of the top-selling holiday gift items in U.S. department store history.

Dearfoams pictures from 1980
Dearfoams pictures from 1997

1997

Dearfoams celebrates its 50th anniversary and is named Wal-Mart Stores International Soft Lines Vendor of the Year.

Today

70 years and a billion pairs later, people still love the exceptional comfort, style and quality provided by every pair of Dearfoams.


Dearfoams pictures from today

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