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Odd Fashion Stuff! And Shoe History! Part 3

Odd Fashion Stuff! And Shoe History! Part 3

Hello!

In this entry of Odd Fashion Stuff I delve a teeny tiny bit into the world of strange and wonderful shoes.

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But first, a bit of history!

Them faithful pieces of rubber, fabric, and other ingredients sown, stitched, and glued together pieces of footwear to help your darn feet not touch the ground while also helping you move with your feet actually go way back into the prehistoric ages. 

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The European

Shoes made of bear skin stuffed with straw for insulation were found on the Ice Man who was discovered in the Alps are the earliest evidence of European shoes.

Expert re-creates the shoes of 5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman, down to the bearskin soles and hay-stuffed lining.

While this invention helped our ancient ancestors who survived in the tundra it would be hell for those in hotter climates - the perfect environment for the flip-flops.

Ancient Egypt

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Tutankhamun’s sandal decorated with bound prisoners and sema-tawy symbols

Tutankhamun’s sandal decorated with bound prisoners and sema-tawy symbols

For the average citizen of Ancient Egypt footwear was plain while the higher-ups were decorated. The design on the elaborate were of two kinds - one showed the control over chaos with prisoners bound, bows (representative of Nine bows; the traditional enemy of Egypt) and sema-tawy symbols that show the united Two Lands of Egypt, or there are flowers, geese, or other vegetal motifs that indicate the success of optimal cosmic balance.

But what about a temperate climate where the weather doesn't bring about a blizzard or a sandstorm? Meet the Greeks!

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The Greeks

The Krepis evolved from the Pedila which originated in Persia (Yue and Yue, 1997). Greeks adopted the Pedila

The Krepis evolved from the Pedila which originated in Persia (Yue and Yue, 1997). Greeks adopted the Pedila

Krepis is the Greek word for sole and this footwear was thick soled bootees with the sides being leather and toes uncovered. Designed for usage during war and the upper part were cut in a criss-cross pattern and usually had a plate of silver, gold, bronze, or some other metal to protect the first half of the foot.
Our next strange foot journey takes us to the mystical land of the Chinese and their shoes.

The Chinese

This kind of shoe was introduced to the State of Zhao from the Hu ethnic group, which was the first great innovation in shoe culture in Chinese history.

 This kind of shoe was introduced to the State of Zhao from the Hu ethnic group, which was the first great innovation in shoe culture in Chinese history.

While these boots shown above weren't part of the normal civilian life they changed the course of Chinese society through their use in the king of the State of Zhao's army. The patterns on the above handicraft footwear are indicative from the Warring States period which were between 475 - 221 BC. After its introduction it spread to be everyday shoes.

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Lesson over! Now we move onto the main dish!

Odd Fashion Stuff! And Shoe History! Part 3

Zabattigli Womens Espadrille ZAB 01 AM00 CL IND PIE

Zabattigli Womens Espadrille ZAB 01 AM00 CL IND PIE

It may look your ne'er do well with the gold pattern until you pan your eyes closely to the sailor-esque...thing going around the perimeter of this particular footwear.

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V 1969 Italia Womens Sandal Brown ZORAN

V 1969 Italia Womens Sandal Brown ZORAN

If the real Donald Trump dies his great and tremendous deal-making, gold-playing, hard hustling hair lives on...on your feet.

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Paul Parkman Men's Shoe Blue & Purple Wingtip Oxfords

Paul Parkman Men's Shoe Blue & Purple Wingtip Oxfords

So you have a lot of money, you got money overseas, you got money invested, you got money stuffed to the brim in your closets for some reason; what if you wanted to show your affluence so much as to walk into a oil spill?

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