In this article we will list the 10 curiosities you do not know about shoes, from the oldest to those of our modern times.

  1. Stiletto heel: the stiletto heel was born in Italy and was invented in the 50s by some Vigevano artisans.
  2. Flip-flops: the flip-flops have very distant origins, they were already used in ancient Roman times, in Japan, in Greece and in ancient Egypt.
  3. Imelda Marcos, wife of the former president of the Philippines Ferdinando Marcos, had in his closet about 3200 pairs of shoes that, lined up one after the other, would exceed twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.

4 Sneakers: the name “Sneakers”, the shoes with rubber sole that we still use, comes from a British policeman who invented the shoes with the rubber sole in the nineteenth century so that the police did not make noise and do not let themselves be discovered by criminals in this way. “To sneak” in fact means “hidden”.

  1. The British designer Dominic Wilcox has invented shoes with integrated GPS, which, when the heels are slammed together, allows the shoes, through some small lights, to indicate the distance and the way to go home.
  2. The Italian phrase “fare le scarpe a qualcuno”, which litteraly in English is “making the shoes to someone” means damaging him and taking his place: this expression derives from military jargon when a soldier was wearing the shoes of a dead soldier.
  3. The most expensive shoes were made and sold in New York: a pair of shoes with diamonds and 18-karat gold worth as much as € 118 thousand.
  4. The biggest shoes ever worn are those used by the tallest man in the world, 8.2 feets and 24.5 of shoe size! Shoes obviously made to measure.
  5. In Mexico it is traditional to wear cowboy boots with a long tip, which can be up to 1 meter in length.
  6. In the United States, women, to show off a perfect foot, are even willing to resort to scalpels. Smooth out the soles of the foot, shorten the fingers or perform collagen injections that create a cushion under the sole of the foot to withstand the long days above the heels.