Here are some more interesting footwear facts I cam across thanks to http://www.factmonster.com:
* Sandals originated in warm climates where the soles of the feet needed protection but the top of the foot needed to be cool.
* 4,000 years ago the first shoes were made of a single piece of rawhide that enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.
* In Europe pointed toes on shoes were fashionable from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.
* In the Middle East heels were added to shoes to lift the foot from the burning sand.
* In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.
* Shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century, when left- and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
* In Europe it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that women’s shoes were different from men’s.
* Six-inch-high heels were worn by the upper classes in seventeenth-century Europe. Two servants, one on either side, were needed to hold up the person wearing the high heels.
* Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.
* Boots were first worn in cold, mountainous regions and hot, sandy deserts where horse-riding communities lived. Heels on boots kept feet secure in the stirrups.
* The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.
Shoes as symbols
* In Biblical times a sandal was given as a sign of an oath.
* In the Middle Ages a father passed his authority over his daughter to her husband in a shoe ceremony. At the wedding, the groom handed the bride a shoe, which she put on to show she was then his subject.
* Today in the U.S. shoes are tied to the bumper of the bridal couple’s car. This is a reminder of the days when a father gave the groom one of his daughter’s shoes as a symbol of a changing caretaker.
* In China one of the bride’s red shoes is tossed from the roof to ensure happiness for the bridal couple.
* In Hungary the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding slipper.
I love coming across these facts because some of them are just so unusual! If anyone has any other interesting facts, feel free to send them along!!!