Fascinating Shoe Facts-Part 1

This is not an opinion blog rather a fact one. As the title suggest we will talk about Shoes.So here we go 😀

Shoe History:

  1. The first shoes were worn 4000 years ago and were made of a single piece of rawhide that enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.
  2. The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.
  3. Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.
  4. The boots Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in are still floating around in space.history

Shoe Types:

Type of shoes a woman needs in her closet:

Pumps: These are shoes where the foot is supported all around the shoe front, back and on both sides and can have an ankle strap. The sole is a one piece type with a heel of any size with a high heel pump often called a stiletto.They can pull any outfit and add instant sophistication.

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Open toe shoe – This is basically a pump shoe as described above where the front is cut away to expose all of the toes. When this is done to only expose the big toe or middle toes using a smaller cutaway it would be referred to as a peep hole shoe.

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Wedge Shoe – This is any type of heeled footwear where the there is no gap below the sole meaning the full length of the base of the shoe makes contact with the ground.

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Mule Shoes – This type of shoe is one which has a heel but has no support around the ankle and rear of the shoe or another way to describe it is as a heeled flip flop. These can be completely closed at the front or cut away as an open toe or peep hole shoe.

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Mary Jane Shoes – This can be a flat or heeled shoe which like a pump encloses the foot all the way around it. The front of this shoe will be square or very slightly rounded with a cross strap running across the foot central between the ankle and toes.

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Ballet Flats:A quintessential run-around shoe.

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Boots – These are shoes which completely enclose the foot and can come in flat, wedge and heeled styles.unnamed-107 boots-2012_edited-2-585x3971

Types of Boots:

Ankle high boot which reaches just above the ankle

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Knee high boot which stops just before reaching the knee

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Thigh high which covers the leg all the way to the thigh.

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Crotch boots which reach all the way up the leg to the crotch

Chap boot which is a modified crotch boot which has a piece of material which reaches over the hips and secured around the waist with a belt.

Sandals – These are where the sole of shoe can be flat, wedged or heeled and the upper part is made up of straps which can be arranged in any form to secure the shoe

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D’Orsay Shoes – This is a shoe which has no sides but has a support at the heel area and the toes are covered this can be with or without an ankle strap

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Platform Shoes – this is a shoe which has a multiple layered sole to elevate the wearer.

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Type of Shoes a man needs in his closet:

Chukkas: Tremendous shoes for a date or hitting happy hour on a Friday and Saturday night, and a professional 9-to-5 cubicle job.

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Loafers:For an office jockey who needs semi-formal outfits at work.

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Work boots: These shoes can a.) can rough up and get as dirty as possible without giving a shit, and b.) can drop something heavy on your toe without fracturing any bones.

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Dress boots:These shoes every man needs will last longer than most relationships.

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Duck boots:Water-proof rubber boots is a necessity in a man’s closet.

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Gym sneakers:A sporty shoes.

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Casual street sneakers: Sturdy, reliable, comfortable.A day to day routine shoes.1Pair-Men-Shoes-Autumn-Winter-Warm-High-Men-s-Casual-Canvas-Shoes-Fashion-Boots-Street-Sneakers 0681f61b66e689ee956e26e00f685d67

Flip-flops:This doesnt need any explanation.Till today I haven’t met a single guy who doest own this one.

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Chaco/Tevas/Keens/Birkenstocks: And here presenting the Summer Shoe, as what I like calling it 😀

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Boatshoes:This is the best combination of leather without socks.

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Black leather dress shoes: For Attending weddings, funerals, achievement banquets, and retirement dinners this is the shoe which will give you the formal look.

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Just have a pair of black shoes, man. It’s a requisite for… Life.

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 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 asthe 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.

Other Facts:

  1. Men were the first people to wear heels. In the 10th century, men who rode horses needed their boots to have heels in order to stay in their stirrups.
  2. The red sole on Louboutins are inspired by an Andy Warhol drawing.Louboutin_altadama140
  3. Audrey Hepburn could be credited with bringing loafers into style.0612-instant-classic-loafer-25281-2529-de1
  4. Havaianas are inspired by Japanese sandals.eJ-700x420
  5. The most expensive shoes ever sold for $660,000.
  6. Jimmy Choo constructed his first pair of shoes at age 11.JimmyChoo_1601596a
  7. Your salary might determine the type of shoes you wear to work.1

There is more to these facts and figures.Stay tuned for more fascinating facts 😀

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