My translating tool says that "des patins à parquet" are "floor gliders." Anyone have any idea what kind of shoes they might be?
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Just to add to Maarten's excellent answer, the word 'patins' made me smile too as I had a very houseproud aunty who insisted that we wore these felt overshoes when visiting. I am not sure if these actually exist in Britain where wall-to-wall carpets ruled the day or in the USA. Whereas in France, wooden floors were more the norm.
If you need a picture, take a look at one I found at random -
Hope these help!
Adrienne, the discussion on wordreference will help, and some internet photos of traditional flat patins à parquet, and more ‘modern’ patins .
Apart from looking on the net, I can ask my wife about items like this. The question brought a reminiscing smile to her face, childhood memories. They were routinely used indoors, when keeping shoes on and especially if visiting someone - and mostly just referred to as ‘patins’. I am sure French children would never have used them to have fun sliding on the floors with, but I sure would have ! (Actually, I know at least one French ‘former child’ who did)
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