Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shoes Then and Now


There is a long and interesting history of the shoe. For instance, the earliest known shoes are sandals dating from about 8000 to 7000 BC and found in Oregon in 1938. The world's oldest leather shoe, made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back, was found in a cave in Armenia in 2008 and is believed to date to 3,500 BC.
       
Switching gears to the history of shoe fashion, one may very well be disappointed to learn that every style from high-heels to clogs and every style in between, are far from original ideas and in some instances original designs. The oldest type of shoe is a sandal, which dates backs 15,000 years, and is still worn today. High-heels and platforms can be traced back to 16th century Italy, and “cockroach killer” pointy-toed shoes were worn during 15th century England.

In ancient Egypt, shoes demonstrated a person’s social ranking. With the prices of haute couture shoes, that hasn’t changed either. Well, this concludes my history lesson for today and I hope that you, the reader, enjoys the slideshow of shoes from then and now.


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