The shoe is on neither foot
I've been wearing Dearfoam house slippers for 30 years. I have to replace them every ten years or so. So, for my birthday, my wife went to Walmart and bought me a pair of Dearfoam slippers to replace my ten year old now raggedy version. When presented with my present I smiled and kissed my wife, saw that they were Dearfoams and never even bothered to slip my feet in them...so confident of the quality.
So a few days later I pulled the Dearfoam slippers out of the bag, slipped my feet into them, and was hugely shocked at shoes that are only fit to be worn by a clown in the circus. The tops of the shoes are made of some corduroy type material, with a plastic sole sewn into the bottom part of the shoe. But the plastic insert is so loose within the bottom cloth confines that it sends anyone walking in them into a drunken crawl. "Squish, Squish", goes the plastic as it roams around down there like a small sail boat in a roaring sea. I sat down and took the slippers off. After walking no more than 20 feet on a carpeted floor it was evident that the thin bottom material would soon tear away and expose the plastic sole. The shoes were simply beyond horrible; impossible to walk on with the plastic sole shifting with every step and the quality was absolutely terrible.
"What happened?", I wondered. Three decades and three pair of Dearfoams and now this? Well, you know by now my curiosity will just not leave this alone. So I went to Amazon and began reading customer reviews and read of similar problems with Dearfoams. Some Dearfoam models did receive favorable reviews but so many were reporting just what I had experienced.
So I ventured further. I googled RG Barry, the company that has made house slippers since 1945. Sure enough, I found a glowing business report that said RG Barry, in 2004, facing increased competition, and not being able to squeeze enough into their corporate bottom line, had began making their Dearfoams offshore, in Mexico and China...and the good old American workers who had been making quality Dearfoams for 59 years were now out of work....and Americans once again must wear bad quality for the sake of corporate greed....and pay more taxes to support all those unemployed RG Barry workers.
The glowing business article mentioned that RG Barry was just named "shoe supplier of the quarter" by Walmart. Well whoop de do....mine went back to the return desk at Walmart so next quarter is in jeopardy.
Well, it's back to the ten year old American made sheepskin Dearfoams that my granddaughter bought me for Christmas back in 2004. The wool is pretty much gone inside and they are tattered and stained, but at least when I put them on I'm not stumbling like a drunken sailor on cheap plastic inserts.