Monday, June 15, 2009

Footwear Facts

4,000 years ago the first shoes were made of a single piece of rawhide that enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.

Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.

Shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century, when left- and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.

In Biblical times a sandal was given as a sign of an oath.

In Hungary the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding slipper.

In 1986, 12% of American women had shoe sizes 9.5 and higher. In 1994, that number increased to 17%. In 1998, 30.4% of all women's shoes sold were size 9 and above.

In 1463 the English parliament took the matter in hand and passed an act forbidding shoes with spikes more than two inches in length being worn and manufactured.


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