More Shoe Facts

  • Heels were added to shoes in the Middle East so the feet didnā€™t touch the burning sand from the heat.
  • Pointed toes were all the rage in Europe between the 11th and 15th Century.
  • During 16th and 17th Century Europe, heels of shoes were always red. (Maybe thatā€™s where Leboutin gets it from?)
  • Womenā€™s and menā€™s shoes in Europe were identical until the 18th Century. The first pair of ladiesā€™ boots were designed in 1840 for Her Majesty, Queen Victoria.
  • Upper class wore six-inch heels to symbolize their aristocratic status in European circles. However, they needed two servants to hold them up as they walked around.
  • Heels on boots were developed to help secure feet in the stirrups of horses when riding.
  • Open-toed shoes were only invented in the 1930s to match bathing suits.