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Facts About Shoes

Interesting facts about shoes

  • In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red. High heels were a sign of privilege.
  • Six-inch-high heels were worn by the upper classes in seventeenth-century Europe. Two servants, one on either side, were needed to hold up the person wearing the high heels.
  • Heels were added to shoes in the Middle East to lift the foot from the burning sand.
  • Left- and right-footed shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century, when different shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
  • Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were called keds.
  • Boots were first worn as necessity in cold, mountainous regions and hot, sandy deserts where horse-riding communities lived. Heels on boots kept feet secure in the stirrups.
  • Тhe first lady’s boot was designed in 1840 for Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Victoria.
  • In Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and some other countries, the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding shoe. It is a very common wedding tradition.

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