Shoes were once an item built purely for functionality. Recently there has been billions spent on shoe research and here are the top 5 facts you didn’t know about shoes.
- For running shoes, a good pair will be able to stretch, be soft, fitting and supportive. What other product that has been around for years also needs these qualities? That’s right. Female lingerie! The developments and materials found in bra technology has been transferred to the much less stimulating running shoe. But this is not an excuse to put your stinking trainers on your girlfriends chest.
- They say the size of your body has no correlation to the size of other body parts… Well the second worlds tallest man, Barim Takioullah, is a Moroccan born giant coming in at a colossal 8 feet 1 inch. He also happens to have the worlds largest shoe size as well at size 58 European (around size 22 US)!
- Do you think a pair of Nike’s are expensive? Well think again. Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers from the 1939 production of the American musical comedy, The Wizard of Oz went to auction. Her shoes were the most expensive pair ever sold for a price tag of $650,000! Another pair of slippers from the film were due to be sold in Los Angeles with a guide price of $2-3 million. Just before the auction but Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Speilberg snapped them up. The amount? We’ll never know. The icons gave the pair to the very grateful Academy museum project.
- Have you ever heard the saying you have two left feet? Well it was only in 1818 that shoes were made separately for each foot! Before this, shoes were made identically for both feet. Than can not have been comfy. At least they would have an excuse on the dance floor.
- Sneakers are the name of a shoe, however they were named as such for a seemingly obvious reason. They were an early form of rubber soled shoes and they were so quiet, the wearer could sneak up on things.
- Queen Victoria is the ultimate shoe trendsetter. The very first pair of elastic sided boots were made for and worn my her majesty in 1837. The inventor was an Englishman named Joseph Sparkes Hall. The idea of using elastic came about due to difficulty putting on boots, some of which were using button fastening. About his design, Hall calls his boot “the most perfect thing of its kind”.
- We all like to keep a memory to remind us of a special occasion. So after Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk you would think his shoes were now in a museum or at the very least some oligarch’s private art collection. No. They are now lost in the middle of space. NASA decided the risk of contamination was too high to bring the pair back to earth. They were ejected from the spacecraft never to be seen again.
- Ever though about keeping a drink in your shoe? Neither have I. But shoe maker Oliver Sweeny has. His Oxford shoe design contains a secret compartment in the heel for a miniature bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch. The bottle is kept in comfort in the suede lined pouch. Every pair even comes with enough ginger ale to turn the scotch into a cocktail. Sweeny has put 120 pairs on sale for £295.
If you’ve heard any other interesting facts about shoes let me know in the comments below!