Because we love shoes, especially those with laces, we thought we’d share some more fun facts about shoes and their history.

• The first shoes were created 4,000 years ago and made of a singular piece of rawhide that wrapped the foot in its entirety.

• How about paying $660,000 for a pair of shoes? Those ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz fetched a few ruby’s worth in a 2000-auction.

• Limited edition Oliver Sweeney brogues have a secret compartment in the sole where you can hide a mini bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey. Careful where you step.


• According to a 2013 survey on, 71% of women who make less than $40,000 a year never wear heels to work. Meanwhile, 21% of women who earn more than $150,000 wear heels to work every day.

• Shoes sizes were determined by the length of barleycorn. In the 14th Century, King Edward II declared three barleycorns were about one inch, making it the standard shoe size.

• Left and right shoes were created in the 19th Century in Philadelphia. Until then, all shoes were identical.

• Sandals were created for the dual purpose of keeping the soles of feet protected from heat and the top of feet cool in warm climates.

• The largest shoes in the world an be found at the Marikina Shoe Museum in the Philippines. They measure a whopping 17 feet long and 8 feet wide and can fit 30 people inside comfortably. Wonder if they need any special laces?


• The term “sneaker” came into common language in the late 19th Century because the rubber sole of shoes made it easy for people to “sneak around” quietly.

• Did you know that Dr. Marten boots were originally designed for working men in the 1960s. But within less than 10 years, punk youth in the UK thought they were pretty cool and turned them into the current fashion statement they are today.

• In Japan, it’s rude to keep your shoes on indoors. This is why there are slippers called uwabaki that you can borrow from your hosts.