The history of shoes
What are shoes?
A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while the wearer is doing various activities.
Usages Of shoes
Shoes are also used as an item of decoration and fashion. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function.
Additionally, fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear in the 2010s varies widely in style, complexity, and cost.
History about Leather Shoes…..
It’s hard to imagine what life was like when shoes weren’t discovered yet. Everything started because of a real and practical need to protect the feet from outside effects.
When the first shoes were found
19th of September, 1991 was an important date for shoe history. On this day, a mummy was found in a glacier in the Ötztal Alps. Researchers also discovered a pair of well-preserved primitive shoes on so-called Ötzi’s feet.
The shoe uppers were made of deerskin, the insides of the shoes were made of woven linden bast, the cushioning and isolating layers were made of glass fibers, and the soles were made of bearskin.
The footwear was estimated to be roughly 5,300 years old. This discovery, combined with research conducted upon 40,000-year-old Chinese skeletons as well as paintings found in the Altamira Cave dating back to 15,000 – 12,000 B.C., demonstrates that humans developed the need to protect their feet from the elements quite early on.
“There was no Time about shoes making”
we can not describe the exact time about when humans start shoemaking but some discoveries show us about shoe history, we can decide shoe history in the following era’s of history which consist of known or known……
1) Ancient Shoes
Here are some pictures of an earlier discovered shoes
The oldest known leather shoe, about 5500 years old, found in Armenia.
2) Medieval Shoes
At the end of the 15th century, long toes went out of fashion and the wealthy began to wear shoes with square or round toes.
In the Middle Ages, peasants wore wooden clogs for working in muddy conditions. In the towns, people wore wooden platforms called patterns under their shoes. (They had straps to hold them on). Some patterns were several inches thick.
3) Renaissance Shoes
In the 16th century, some people had deliberate cuts in their shoes called slashes. Sometimes they were slip on shoes but sometimes they were tied with latches. Early Tudor shoes did not have a heel. However, in the late 16th century women in England began to wear shoes with high heels.
In the early 17th century it was fashionable for men to wear boots. However, in the late 17th century, some people began to wear shoes with buckles.
In the 18th century, there were many different styles of shoes. Rich people had buckles made of silver! Furthermore, in the 17th century and 18th-century wealthy women wore shoes of satin or silk.
4) 19th Century Shoes
In the early 19th century shoes were made with a right foot and a left foot instead of being interchangeable. Men very often wore boots in the 19th century and it became acceptable for women to wear them too.
However, at the end of the century, it became fashionable for women to wear shoes again.
In the 19th century, shoes had laces rather than buckles. In the early 19th century a new type of boot was named after the Duke of Wellington. At first, they were made of leather but from the 1850s they were made of rubber.
In the 19th century boots and shoes were mass-produced for the first time and they were cheaper.
5) Modern Times (1918 – these days)
There was a huge breakthrough in footwear in the second part of the 20th century with the establishment and prosperity of American pop culture which was associated with the desire to be different, unique and to be part of a certain subculture.
In the 20th century with rising living standards there were a huge variety of styles of shoes. In the 1920s women’s shoes were often decorated with beads.
During the Second World War because the leather was in short supply some people wore clogs rather than shoes. Then in the late 1950s stiletto heels became fashionable for women. In the 1950s some women wore slip-on shoes called mules.
For men in the late 1950s shoes with long pointed toes called winkle pickers were popular. In the 1960s boots for women came back into fashion and in the 1970s shoes with platform soles were popular for both sexes
Late 20 century’s and till now there are millions of designs in the shoe industry, which cannot be described in a single post.
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