In this entry of Odd Fashion Stuff I delve a teeny tiny bit into the world of strange and wonderful shoes.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Lesson over! Now we move onto the main dish!
Odd Fashion Stuff! And Shoe History! Part 3
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.
If the real Donald Trump dies his great and tremendous deal-making, gold-playing, hard hustling hair lives on...on your feet.
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?