Footwear is an item worn to protect and comfort the human foot against sharp rocks, various temperatures, etc. It is hard to imagine how difficult our lives would have been if shoes hadn’t been discovered.
It is important for everyone, no matter where one lives in the world. Nowadays, it is also considered an item of fashion or also worn as safety equipment. Footwears help in aligning our feet since all feet aren’t the same. It can have very high heels or flat ones depending on the occasion of wearing it. Some are designed specifically for a purpose like
● Daily wear
● Hiking shoes
● Flip flops
● Dance shoes
Footwear has been made from leather, canvas earlier but now they are also being made from plastic and rubber. The human need of protecting the feet has soon turned into a rapidly growing industry.
The shoe industry is a happening industry with various types of shoes being created and destroyed making around $ 200 billion a year. These shoes which were earlier made by skilled craftsmen now are being made in these industries where machines are doing most of the work.
These companies have been trying to meet their customers’ demands thus trying to make their footwear more durable and comfortable, thus encouraging more customers to buy their items thus also increasing their income.
A popular 18th-century nursery rhyme is “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe”. This story tells us about an old woman living in a shoe with many children. Shoes also play an important role in fairy tales like “Cinderella”, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.
There are no specific shoes marking the start of the footwear era due to the sole reason of there being different footwear for different seasons made of different materials. Various religions also have great to no importance of shoes in their earlier cultures.
● In Christianity removing shoes before entering a holy place is an indication of reverence and respect for that place.
● In Greek culture, empty shoes are an indication of death in the family. An empty shoe outside the house indicates that the son of the family has died in a battle.
● In the early renaissance era, the nobility used to wear shoes with heels thus giving them an aura of superiority among others.
One has to be very observant to notice such things.
The earliest known shoes were made from crudely tanned animal skins wrapped around the foot to protect their feet against uneven ground much like our modern sandals. Earlier shoes were just worn as a means for protecting the foot. But now it is being used as a luxury rather than a necessity.
Wearing shoes matching the outfit especially for ladies has become a common routine. Stying your shoes according to the environment is kind of the trend nowadays.
When it comes to fashion the perfect footwear is like a “cherry on top of the cake” to give the finishing touches to the outfit. Various types of shoes have been used today which are different for men, women, and children. Some of the shoes used are as follows :
For men :
● Formal shoes
● Slip Ons
VARIOUS TYPES OF SHOES
Children being Children have a huge variety of shoe ranges too. Designed to be fashionable and comfortable for their small feet. Shoes with sounds as you walk and neon lights help to keep these children hooked to their footwear. Cartoons and various other characters are etched on their shoes to make children want more of them and wear them often.
Various competitive games use different types of shoes for their players. Thus those types of shoes are more expensive than the average ones, each having special features required for that specific game.
● Football players’ shoes have spikes so that they have a firm grip on the ground and they don’t fall or slip during the game. Many times footballers get paid a lot and are used for brand endorsements for endorsing footwear.
● People who go hiking or treks have shoes made up of various protective features thus protecting the feet and ensuring comfortability.
● Dancers also have different types of shoes designed that they are comfortable in dancing with especially ballet dancers.
● Animals such as horses and dogs also have special shoes designed for them to protect their feet during the climb.
● In earlier periods women and slaves weren’t allowed to wear shoes of any type so as to show that they were lower class.
Good shoes are the ones that are :
● Good material
● Roomy enough
Shoe-making has become a major business in the world today. Various small-scale and large-scale companies have been established for the sole reason of footwear production. These large-scale companies are engaged in a rat race for being the no.1 in the market. There is cutthroat competition in the market today. One has to be consistent to reach the top.
Some of the well-known companies are:
SHOES IN EVERY CORNER
Other than these there are various shoe shops present in every nook and corner of every street.
Such footwear may not be from well-known large companies but they are very affordable for the low-wage workers who buy them. Such footwears vary in size, style, and cost depending upon the company or method and material of production.
Footwear can be sold from low prices affordable to the daily man to hundreds and thousands of dollars a pair depending on the company or designer that helps produce it using various expensive materials and methods.
Various online apps have also been started by those respective companies, providing us fast deliveries and a variety of options in various colors, designs, patterns to choose from.
There are shoes available from the largest possible feet to the smallest feet. Shoes use different size numbering systems everywhere.
Removing one’s shoes can be a sign of respect when entering a sacred place. Shoes not only help our feet to heal but can also aid in the support and stability of our feet. Not all feet are perfect, so properly fitting shoes can help align our feet, ankles, knees, hips n back to correct and improve our posture.
Shoes say much about us in our life. It may be related to crucial life matters such as career relationships and life. We can judge a person by his or her shoes. The history of footwear has been quite intriguing. It has revealed the strict division of society into classes during the changing of fashion in different eras.
Every 10-100 years fashion sense changes, tho not in every season.
It’s hard to imagine what life would have been if shoes weren’t yet discovered.
It all began because of a real need to protect the feet from outside effects.