Shoes have been a part of our lives for centuries and have been a part of our customs and traditions as well. For some shoes are more than just an item of fashion, and for many, they are pure obsession.
But, just buying and wearing shoes isn’t enough. A true fashionista takes proper care, with timely shoe repairs . He/She would love to know more about the history, fun facts etc. From the naming of sneakers to the world’s biggest and the most expensive shoes, here are 9 interesting and insane facts about shoes.
Why call them sneakers?
In the late 1800s, a new type of shoe was introduced that used rubber sole. These new shoes were very quiet and a person wearing them could sneak up on someone. Thus, these shoes were popularly called sneakers.
Men In Heels!
When you see heels, the first thing that comes to your mind is beautiful & sexy women. But, it was not the case in the past. If we go back in time, heels were associated with high class and aristocratic men. That is because, heels were necessary for anyone riding a horse to keep their boot in the stirrups (feet pedels).
Expensive shoes for museums
The world’s most expensive pair of shoes is (priced at a whopping $3 million) the official replica of Dorothy’s iconic ruby shoes that she wore in “The Wizard of Oz.” The shoe was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the cult movie with the same name. It is made of 4600 pieces of ruby and 50 carats of diamonds.
How many shoes do you have?
Darlene Flynn was known for her collection of shoes. At the time of her death in 2013, the 58 years old had an astonishing collection of 16,400 pairs of shoes.
Follow the Queen
The first lady’s boot were made for Queen Victoria of England in 1840.
During 1940s, when Italy experienced trade closure, and steel was no longer available for making the traditional heels for a shoe, designer Salvatore Ferragamo created the summertime favorite wedges by experimenting with different items to plug the gap between the sole and the heel.
Were Spanish the real inventors of boots?
The earliest known shoes are sandals dating from approximately 7,000 or 8,000 BCE, found in the Fort Rock Cave in the US state of Oregon. in 1938. However, the first known images of footwear are boots depicted in 15,000 year old Spanish cave paintings.
USA confused us with Right and Left shoe
Earlier, shoes that we wore were identical until the nineteenth century, when left-and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
The Largest Shoe
The world’s largest shoe is at display at the Marikina Shoe Museum in the Philippines. It measures 17 feet long and 8 feet wide and it can fit 30 normal people.