Unlikely Origins of Popular Footwear
Are you one of those who can never pass up a shoe sale? Do you have enough pairs to outfit a small parish? Well, you’ll be amazed to hear a few facts about your beloved footwear. Read on and get surprised:
Sneakers and Silence
Sneakers get their name because of a unique attribute. About a hundred years ago, people started calling shoes with rubber soles as sneakers because one could sneak around in them without making a single sound.
Loafers and Audrey Hepburn
Unlikely connection, right? The rise in the popularity of loafers can be attributed to Hepburn wearing them in the 1957 film “Funny Face.”
Havaianas and Japan
The iconic havaiana flip-flops have a trademark textured pattern on the foot-bed. This is because they were directly inspired from the Japanese Zori sandals which are made of fabric straps and rice straw soles.
Men and Heels
In the 10th century, men who rode horses needed their boots to have heels in order to stay in their stirrups. Since owning horses was a sign of wealth, heels became a signifier of aristocracy and high social standing, not gender.
Greeks and Platforms
When ancient Greeks performed in plays, platform shoes were used to indicate higher status. For example, tragic actors were rated above comic actors and thus got to wear platform shoes while performing.
We hope you found this trivia entertaining and educative. Fancy a round of online shoe shopping? Hop into our store and check out a mind-boggling variety of printed shoes sold at highly reasonable prices.
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