A brief history of shoes


canvas boot, braided leather flip flop

I think that sometimes, people can underestimate the power of a good shoe. We’ve had shoes since before the Greeks. Sandals, boots, even heels have been such a large part of human society for centuries. And it all revolves around our feet. Keep reading to see what some of the true history is behind one of our most important pieces of clothing.

According to historians and archeologists, we have been wearing shoes on our feet as far back as 15,000 years ago. While they were made of different materials compared to what we have now, we still take a lot of influence from them. We still certainly wear leather shoes, and while we may not be wearing fur shoes, we do have animal print style shoes.


Sandals have been around for centuries too; things like a braided leather flip flop can be traced all the way back to the early days of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Those civilizations were widely known for their sandal wearing, mostly because of their climate that they lived in.


Heels even had a purpose when they were first brought on the market. They were originally worn so you could keep your feet off of dirty streets, but now we recognize them as some of the most fashionable items around.


One other shoe that has evolved has been the canvas boot. These were all originally designed for construction workers back in the 1920’s. It was a popular choice of shoe due to the sturdy material and longevity of the boot. These are still worn by those that participate in heavy labor jobs, mostly because they can protect your feet and have a good non-slip material on the sole.

So there you have it! What are some of your favorite pieces of shoe history?

Fun fact:

Did you know that the end of a shoe lace is called an “aglet?” Yup! That little piece of plastic at the end has a name. Pass it on!

Written by Jessamine Casia

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