Humans started wearing shoes about 40,000 -26,000 years ago, as anthropological research suggests. But the records of earliest known shoes are Middle Neolithic Sandals dating from approximately 7,000 or 8,000 B.C., found in the Fort Rock Cave in the US state of Oregon. The oldest known Leather Shoe dates about 3500 B.C., found in Armenia. Hence, the history begins. Here is a Timeline of the Evolution of Shoes, from a patch of leather & grass string to the present day fashion marvels.
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SOME INTERESTING FACTS
The history of Shoe-making really began with St. Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers. Since medieval times, October 25th has been celebrated as St. Crispin’s Day (the Shoemaker's Holiday).
In the 17th century court of King Louis XIV, only those granted access to his court were allowed to wear red coloured heels.
In Greek culture, empty shoes are the equivalent of the American funeral wreath.
In Arab culture, showing the sole of your shoe is considered an insult, and to throw your shoe and hit someone with it, is considered an even greater insult.
In India, as in most Arab countries, shoes are considered impure, hence to be removed outside one’s house, temple, mosques and other places of worship.