1695, from Fr., from Arabic babush, from Pers. papush, from pa "foot" + posh "covering." Arabic, lacking a -p-, regularly converts -p- in foreign words to -b-.
Designed to be easily slipped off, this handmade beauty is made of the softest leather I've ever touched. The soft padded interior is lambskin and the sole, made of leather, feels a bit slippery when walking on tile. The pretty little dots are rosebuds made of silk. The trimming around the opening is also silk, as well as the tassel.
Babouches are worn by both men and women. Most men I saw wearing babouches wore yellow ones while women wore embroidered slippers.
I also found at the market these adorable mini babouche keychain. I thought they would make a wonderful little souvenir for my friends and my daughter.