I found this great collage on fashiontribes.com depicting the color combinations and how they will be used for this coming fall. These colors are chosen by Pantone based on what seems to have the most direction for the coming season. For fall 09 they seem to have been inspired by very rich earth tones and painterly schemes for some great combinations. This season will definitely not have the typical tones you see in autumn, as there are some great color pops, including some major pinks (fuchsia, coral, and Barbie inspired) and a great lime green!
* 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!!!
I was browsing through a Shopsmart Shoe Poll today, and I read some interesting facts. After I post these I think I might make some polls of my own to see if they match up!
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What’s In Your Closet?
* 15% of the female population has over 30 pairs currently in their closets.
* One third (33%) of women have trouble finding the room to store all of their shoes.
The Price You Pay
* On average, women purchase four pairs of shoes per year.
* 97% of women say that their shoe shopping has never created financial problems for them, but 13% have hidden a purchase from a significant other.
* 60% of women have regretted at least one shoe purchase.
Suffering for Fashion
* Close to half of the female population (43%) has been injured, at least moderately, by their shoes.
* 8% of women have experienced severe injuries such as sprains or breaks.
Online Shoe Shopping-Not Yet a Big Hit
* Unlike clothing, which is the most often purchased item online by women, online shoe shopping has not yet caught on. Only 14% of women make any of their shoe purchases online.
* 74% of women said that their main reason for not shopping online is that they prefer to try on shoes before purchasing.
Tips to Online Shoe Shopping
The Web is where you will find the widest range of styles, sizes and bargains. And with the growth of free shipping on purchases and returns, shopping online is less intimidating. ShopSmart experts share their online shopping tips to help you get the best deal every time:
* STICK TO BRANDS YOU KNOW: If you are new to shoe shopping online, sticking with brands you know and love can raise your odds of getting a pair that fits. Or shop only at sites with free returns like Zappos and Piperlime, which send you easy-to-use, prepaid UPS return labels.
* TRY SHOES ON CARPETED SURFACES: When shoes arrive in the mail, only try them on carpeted surfaces so the bottoms won’t get scuffed. Many sites won’t accept returns if the shoes have visible wear, like rough bottoms, creases in the leather or any dirt.
* KEEP ALL ORIGINAL PACKAGING: To ensure that the shoes will appear new if you choose to return them, keep everything including the little pack of silica gel.
* SEND UNWANTED SHOES BACK FAST: Some sites, like Zappos, will accept returns for up to a year but most require returns to be made within 30 to 60 days of purchase.
* SIGN UP FOR E-MAIL UPDATES: To catch the big bargains, sign up for e-mail updates to be notified of the latest sales.