The importance of protecting the mighty foot was early recognized by humans of old. Records kept by the Egyptians, the Chinese and other early civilizations all contain references to shoes. Ancient Hebrews used it in several instances with a legal significance, notably in binding a bargain. It wasn’t until 4,000 years ago that shoes were being made of a single piece of rawhide which enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.
When sturdy shoes first came into widespread use between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, humans’ small toes became weaker as shoes reduced the need for strong, flexible toes to grip the terrain. Eventually heels were added, whether to raise the foot out of the burning sand, or to secure a foot on a stirrup while horseback riding.
In the 16th and 17th century Europeans always colored the heels of their shoes red, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that a wise person in Philadelphia distinguished the right from the left. Up until then shoes could be exchanged between either side.
Shoes and boots were serviceable at best and most wearers didn’t find a need to collect more than the one pair they had, and in some cases those were only worn for church and other special occasions. Find your footwear at funkywolfcafe.storenvy.com.
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