Interesting facts on Shoes

Fashion has played a large part in society for hundreds of years. As trends change, people adapt, not wanting to be left out of the fashion world. Some people have created their own fashion with success, others have tried yet failed. Still others have failed but paraded around as if they were the most fashionable of all anyway.

We all love shoes and boots, from sparkling stilettos to cosy yet chic Uggs, but how many different kinds of shoes do your favorite retailers stock, who buys them and what are the most popular colors?

This year’s trends are all about wedges, which came into fashion in 2011 and are still going strong and everything is big, both for men and women. Nautical and floral themes will abound throughout the year, as well as classic and fetish styles that have been in for some time.

Odd facts about shoes

Grecian shoes were peculiar in reaching to the middle of the legs. The present fashion of shoes was introduced into England in 1633. In the ninth and tenth centuries the greatest princes of Europe wore wooden shoes. Slippers were in use before Shakespeare’s time, and were originally made “rights” and “lefts.” Shoes among the Jews were made of leather, linen, rush or wood; soldiers’ shoes were sometimes made of brass or iron. In the reign of William Rufus of England, in the eleventh century, a great beau, “Robert, the Horned,” used shoes with sharp points, stuffed with tow, and twisted like rams’ horns.

The Romans made use of two kinds of shoes–the solea, or sandal, which covered the sole of the foot, and was worn at home and in company, and the calceus, which covered the whole foot and was always worn with the toga when a person went abroad. In the reign of Richard II., shoes were of such absurd length as to require to be supported by being tied to the knees with chains, sometimes of gold and silver. In 1463 the English parliament took the matter in hand and passed an act forbidding shoes with spikes more than two inches in length being worn and manufactured.