The History of Shoe: Part One

Here comes the story of one of the best friends of women: the shoe. No matter if we have more than 20 pairs in the closet, always will want to have one more. It is in honor of our friend and ally, the shoe, which I present here a history dating back to prehistoric times.

A bit of history

In its basic form, the shoe was designed to protect the foot from the weather the way, the hot ground, sharp rocks, snow, water and cold.

Shoe has gone from being solely linked to the functionality to be an object of design and worship by many.

Although the date of their invention is inaccurate, the oldest shoe found so far dates between 8000 and 7000 BC, age – found in the United States in 1938 – and consisted of a “bag” where introduced foot and leather tied it with leather cords.

The oldest shoe which is known made entirely of leather was found in Armenia in 2008 and dates back to 3500 B.C.

The great cultures gave rise to Sandals, footwear that was carried from Egypt to Greece, approximately in 4,000 BC and which was, of course, reserved for the higher classes. In ancient times used different materials to create on the basis of what was within reach of the hand. In Egypt, Papyrus was one of the first materials of manufacture for the sole, and natural fibers conformed it to the foot. Later, to learn the secrets of the twisted, models were refined and used leather for tapes. Both feet shoes were exactly the same, there was no difference between the right and the left foot.

Although slaves were bare and wealthy people could wear sandals, also there was a distinction between those who had shoes: in the case of Pharaoh, the tip of his shoe was elongated and pointed. In Greece, shoes were only used overseas and by the upper classes.

Although there were various kinds of shoes, from Sandals braided until open knee boots all were reserved for people with certain status. Slaves were bare and such famous sports competitions, were made without any kind of footwear.

As Greece was perfected in the preparation and design of shoes, Rome was focused on give you comfort and durability to the shoes of its soldiers. A little more coarse but equal lines, Greek shoes also were an instrument to show the social level who wore them and also used a complex system of design and use of colors from the top to the bottom. Red, for example was reserved only for the emperor.

The middle ages and early modern period

We move forward in time and also in the design of the shoe. We arrived at the time of the castles of the medieval Lords of the eternal fields where a villa was separated from the other by hundreds and hundreds of kilometers. It is also a dark time in history where the relative joy and elegance of the designs of Greeks and Romans is lost to give rise to a more simple footwear and not so attractive.

At this time arose a kind of boot genre that was sewn upside down and is then turning as a mean to hide the stitches. Style more than popular among the inhabitants of the villages to be practical to travel long distances.

Those shoes with soles of Esparto grass you can be taking at this point, there is nothing new.

In fact, this material was very popular during the middle ages and were Catalans who devised this type of footwear using natural fibres for the sole and gender to the upper part of the shoe, and a more elaborate design than the stitched boot upside down.

It was between the XIV and the XV models of shoes began to present a slightly more elaborate design. It was the time of the appearance of the Swedes, predecessor of the Swedes of rubber that are so popular among men and women today in day. In addition to the Swedes, and after blunt, “Krakow” shoes (the city where it is believed were created) emerged as the latest European fashion. These shoes remind calzaría that a Goblin with a long and very thin tip that goes beyond the tip of the toes by several centimeters.

This type of boot slippers was also used by women although, clearly, much more delicate as Brocade or silk carved genres.

In the middle of the 15th century, this style began to give way to another type of shoes: rather long, the style was increasingly wider, at the height of the fingers, imitating a bear claw.

Genres were more and more skilled workers and delicate and designed so that colorful screens of men (even though they were used by men and women alike) might be through the shoe. Think of a first version of the Mary Jane style if you hard you imagine them.

When using genres so thin and delicate in the manufacture of shoe and not be waterproof, arose the question of how avoid damaging them with mud, snow, and the land of the streets. The solution was the creation of wooden pallets which not only protected the footwear (since used with put shoe), but that provided more height. It was thus that emerged the Swedes.

If you want to know more about the history of shoes, I invite you to read the second part of this article.

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