What better way to spend the day than reading some strange facts about shoes? Hmm. Well, we’ve got some cool, interesting facts that you may not know.
- In the late 1800’s (according to The New York Times), people began using the term ‘sneakers’ because the rubber sole would allow you to ‘sneak’ around without making a sound.
- Britain were the first to establish a means to measure shoe size. In fact, King Edward II declared barleycorn as the basis to measure shoes. He said that the lengths of 3 barleycorns were the equivalent to 1 inch and this is how people would measure their feet.
- MEN WERE THE FIRST TO WEAR HEELS (say whatttt?!) – Heels signified a high social standing rather than gender for centuries. Men would also wear heels when riding horses so that their boot would sit in their stirrups.
- The average number of heels women own in the US is 19 pairs!
- The most expensive pair of shoes ever sold were Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They sold for $660,000. They sold at auction in the year 2000.
- For ages left and right footed shoes didn’t exist. The first right and left-footed shoes were introduced in Philadelphia.
- The first lady’s boot was produced for Queen Victoria in 1840.
- Did you know, Jimmy Choo was only 11 when he constructed his first pair of shoes? … He knew what he wanted to do in life, right?!