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.
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.
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.
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.
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.