• http://glorious.uninhibited.net jennn

    This post screams for digital photo accompaniment. I just cannot imagine.

  • http://www.romanlily.com Grace

    Are you saying that you prefer to wear white Addidas instead of puffy rats on your feet? What’s your problem, anyhow?

  • Danika

    They actually wear the furry slippers out??!! Yikes that is scary!

  • http://yahmdallah.blogspot.com/ Yahmdallah

    Are you sure you didn’t just fall asleep during an episode of “Sponge Bob Squarepants” and dream all of this?

  • pinky

    I think I’d sort of like it if the state of Utah went all leopard all the time.

  • Erika

    Well, I don’t want to offend anyone but here in Los Angeles depending on the area ..the how do you say … people with the least money are generally seen outside in robes and/or curlers in addition to their worn out slippers. Think “Friday”.

    On another note, girl after living here how the heck are dealing with the move back to Utah. I have family in the suburbs of Seattle and I absolutely am giddy with delight when the plane touches down into Burbank.

  • http://www.seamlessness.net Leslie

    Every college town I’ve been to has had girls and fuzzy slippers. I was hoping it was just out of laziness and not fashion. Sigh.

  • http://www.evegirl.net eve

    well… when i lived in sf, i used to wear my fuzzy slippers to work and i’d go run errands (walgreens on the corner, store to pick up some milk) in them… then again, i never did see anyone else do it in sf, so maybe i’m just a freak.

  • http://www.knitwitology.net/knitlog Morgan

    I once had a business trip that brought me to LA and Salt Lake in two days. The one thing I noticed was that both places seemed to have exactly the same women, only the Salt Lake girls seemed to be a.) born that way and b.) completely unaware of their potential.

    If the Utahans (Utahers? Utites? Utorum?) ever collectively moved to LA, the plastic surgery industry would go out of business.

  • http://hammerland.net/ Xanthan

    Oh, I’m with Jennn – please post some images!

    And while I’m begging, Dooce could you please post galleries of your wonderful photos? You’ve got such a great eye for composition and we love looking at the former Congressman… please?

  • http://www.brochspot.com Broch

    Please tell me that Black leather jackets have at least gone out of vogue during colder weather! I seem to have found a city that is full of them. 1998 ended a long time ago, being land-locked sucks.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    Xanthan: if you take a look at the top right of the page you’ll see a site navigation area featuring a link to “photos.” i may be wrong, but i think that’s what you’re looking for.

  • lordgoon

    Cool. I wear my carpet slippers outside all the time – always figured it was just because I’m sort’ve a slob. The line between slobbery and hipness continues to waver, and I’ll be there for the final collapse.

    How’s the new Betties album? Still waiting for mine to arrive.

  • http://pletnifool.com chris

    my wife had a pair of (indoors-only) frog slippers that were retired and given to the dog. he’s since made them his own by de-stuffing them and tearing the heads off.

    sounds like i better not take him for a walk at a mall in salt lake…

  • PJ

    I’ve seen that hair thing going on here in Illinois too, usually on Country-Club Blondes (you know the color).

    Also, about the annoying thing: my dog does it too, only she prefers the crunchy bits within used kleenexes. She’ll sneak them out of the bathroom and rip them to shreds on the living room carpet, then skulk under the table when I catch her.

  • http://www.longpauses.com Darren

    Do they look anything like this?

    http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/
    music/article/0,1406,KNS_349_1812692
    ,00.html

    I saw this article in my local paper yesterday and actually thought of you, Dooce.

  • Artemesia

    Morgan – I’ve wondered the exact same thing (in this very same space, actually) … but I believe the answer is Utahn … Dooce, can you confirm?

  • http://www.playapixie.org Dawn

    I really need a photo of the back of the head thing…I just can’t picture it….

  • http://funtime.studiom11.com Funtime Ben

    I recently saw the fuzzy slipper thing here in Manhattan on a NYU student in Union Square, but that just could have been because NYU students, for the most part, are privileged little bastards and don’t feel like getting dressed up for the public. This is what happens when you make “The City” a campus.

    She was also wearing pajama bottoms, so look out.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    it is indeed “Utahns” or “Utahans” but really you can just call them Aryan.

  • speedo

    Frank Zappa actually wrote a song about this very subject…”brown shoes don’t make it-quit school, why fake it- TV dinner by the pool, I’m so glad I finished school…”.
    I am sure Frank and his Mothers of Invention have a huge following in Utah.

  • http://www.pumpkinjuice.com Jenny

    As a fellow Utahn, I am here to tell you, what she says is true. Very very true.

  • nicole

    if I was related, in some way or another, to an entire city of people, then it stands to reason that the city would feel like one giant living room to me.

  • http://feeorin.com/journal alix

    In high school I remember girls a class or two younger coming to school wrapped up in blankets. Fuzzy slippers are nothing compared to awkward teens tripping over ugly blankets getting on the bus.

  • http://aprilgem.com/log April

    Okay, hold on a second. People actually buy those fuzzy slipper things?

  • http://www.idiofunctional.blogspot.com Don

    Utah is the anus of America, don’t expect much.

  • http://www.swirlspice.com Irk

    At first I read that as “Aunt Lola’s lead dress.” Oops.

    I’ve apparently been doing this backwards, because I have a pair of Birkenstock clogs that have not seen pavement that serve as my house shoes.

  • http://www.semaphoria.com semaphoria

    i am a graduate of park (sin) city high school – and most of the girls there wore the fuzzy slippers inside the school. they were a “cozy” alternative to wearing sorrels all day long. this was in the early nineties – and it was only a matter of time until it spread beyond the halls of that evil institution.

  • http://www.penswords.com chunderchud

    aw man…I own a brown belt (two actually). Khaki pants. And I’m from Utah. I’m so uncool.

    But wait! No white shirt! And I used to live in New York. Oh! I’m cool again.

    Nope, cuz I’m back in Utah. So I’m not cool.

    Aw man…

  • PJ

    Dawn: the hair thing kind of looks like crop circles, or really flatttened grass after a bad storm. (At least the kind I am familiar with.)

  • Zach Frost

    I don’t think Utah is the only one…
    I live in Omak, WA. I have English 101 with a 17 year old girl named Crystal. She wears these same slippers. Come to think of it…She has blonde hair.
    …but as far as I know, she lives in Tonasket (A smalltown 20 miles from here, where alot of inbreeding and redneck antics occur).

  • http://www.antisocialdiva.com antisocial diva

    i love wearing pajamas out. is that taboo as well? ah, hell. i guess i already know the answer to that. sometimes my husband and i will walk to the store and i will be in some comfy jammies and he will say, “yes, i’m taking my mentally ill wife for a walk” because he has to justify my choice of clothing. i don’t dare try to justify the hair on his back when we are at the beach. that prick.

  • Libbyo

    The fuzzy slipper phenomenon isn’t exclusive to Utah, or a recent fad… when I lived in Ontario Canada, girls would wear slippers AND pajama bottoms to highschool… frequently.

  • Libbyo

    Oh, and by the way you could definitely be referred to as “a people in Utah” you are one of us again… ARGGGGG

  • http://www.twelve02.com Tom

    Down with the FUZZY-slippers… 6″ Platform open-toed-come-fuck-me-shoes, all day, all night, all the time.

  • http://thepropagandist.com the propagandist

    god IS pissed.

  • http://www.theagathaexperience.com Agatha

    Perhaps, but Jesus digs it.

  • the drifter

    For the love of Brigham, it’s “Utahns.” I’ve never heard anyone in Utah refer to shimself as a “Utahan.” Just people outside the state, who usually then start talking about Utah’s rampant polygamy. I also read a book one time (a college book no less, in college, in Utah, as a Utahn), that said Jews AND Mormons refer to non-members as “gentiles.” I’ve never heard a single Mormon refer to me or any of my t’baccy-chewin’ brethren as “gentiles,” but I wish they did. That’d be tits.

  • http://www.frootbetty.com frootbetty

    There was a trend identical to what you described in Japan (Shibuya district of Tokyo)about 2 years ago, although the girls would actually buy two pairs of slippers (each a different color and then wear one of each, while a friend would accompany her wearing the other “pair”.

  • nicole

    utahn, like ‘futon’ and ‘crouton’?

    right on.

  • http://suckeffect.com russh

    Dooce: judge not, lest ye be judicated.

    a) your Aunt Lola and the leopard print are HOT, HOT, HOT.

    b) Elizabeth Smart wears fuzzy slippers to the mall. (They make a great ensemble with the veil and sunglasses.)

    c) Don’t drink Stoli on an empty stomach.

  • http://footinmouthdisease.blogspot.com Naaman

    Pleated khakis?!! On 16 yr old kids?!!!! A part of me is dying inside.

  • http://www.injust-spring.com Alex

    Fuzzy slippers? Do the more conservative girls wear brown ones?

    I hope they don’t wear them back inside when they get home. Can you imagine how funkafied they probably get after walking through the city with them?

    Jeepers!

  • dvl

    Those damn Steve Madden fuzzy pink slippers – I swear it’s like you can put shit on a cracker and add a shoelace, and if it says “Steve Madden” on it anywhere people will wear it!

  • quoias

    Jenny…it’s pronouced you-taw-in, so it doesn’t really rhyme with futon. I lived there for 7 years with my brunette hair and black boots so I found this a little weird. I never wore fuzzy slippers out (or in), but I did go through a disturbing time wearing black long john bottoms as pants. They looked cool with the boots.

  • http://zchannie.blogspot.com zchamu

    Um. Don’t their feet get cold? Wierdos.

  • Marco

    Hmm..this reminds me of my formative years when the pajama top became the must-dare-to-wear item.

    As you were…

  • http://hammerland.net/ Xanthan

    Dooce, you’re not wrong…. that’s exactly it. Can’t believe I missed it! Viva La Dooce.

  • http://www.geocities.com/malisa_evans Malisa

    First – is the hair thing the cowlicks (yes, it’s really spelled that way)? Half of my family lives in Utah and I’m thinking of the way we were taught to comb our hair.
    Second – I am all for running to the grocery store on Sat morning in my pajama bottoms and toe socks. They are the bomb. After all, I haven’t even had breakfast yet.

  • Brooke

    Of course — Fuzzy slippers worn with pleated khaki pants and a brown belt… I mean how much sexier can you get?