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A type of footware

  • There was no distinction between left and right shoe till 1818.
  • The left and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
  • Wooden shoes mounted on thin blocks of 3 to 4 inches high were worn for centuries in Japan.
  • The heels on shoes were always colored red in Europe during 16th and 17th centuries.
  • In Europe, there was no difference between women's shoes and men's shoes until 18th century.
  • Heels were invented in the Middle East to help lift the foot from the burning sand.
  • 10% of women in the UK will spent $1,000 or more on shoes in a year.
  • 55% of women in the UK had to be carried at some point due to sore feet.
  • 50% of women in the UK own more than 30 shoes.
  • An average American woman buys about five pairs of shoes each year while an average man, about two pairs.
  • The foot-measuring system used in England is one size different from the American system in both length and width.
  • A pointe shoe is a type of shoe worn by ballet dancers when performing pointework.
  • A ballet shoe, or ballet slipper, is a lightweight shoe designed specifically for ballet dancing.
  • A Sneakerhead is a person who owns multiple pairs of shoes as a form of collection and fashion.
  • In the Middle East, parts of Africa, Korea and Thailand, it is considered rude to show the soles of the feet to others.
  • Shoe throwing is a great insult in some areas in the Middle East and in India.
  • Shoes size is often measured using a Brannock Device.
  • Nike created a signature shoe for Michael Jordan, called the Air Jordan.
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