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.

Have you ever heard of the “Cioppine”?

In this article we will tell you the story of the ancient Venetian shoes: the cioppine.

In the twelfth century in Venice the shoemakers gathered in guilds called “Caleghèri” and “Zavateri” which also included the category of “Solarii”, ie those who produced the soles for shoes, and the category of “Patitari”, who instead produced the hooves called “Socchi” or “zanghe” with a wooden or cork sole.

With the influence of the various Oriental – Byzantine and Ottoman – Chinese styles, due to the many commercial exchanges that affected the Venice area, the shoes took new forms.

This is how the famous Venetian shoes were born: the Cioppine!

The cioppine were particular feminine shoes, equipped with a large wedge and used by all the ladies to walk around the streets of Venice.

Visitors from all over the world often made stops in Venice just to see the ladies wandering with the cioppine to the feet, shoes that made walking difficult.

The height of the wedge could even reach 50 cm and sometimes two helpers were needed to assist and help the lady get on shoes.

In this way they became a form of wealth index, the higher the wedge was, the more important the Lady was wearing it.

In this regard, the Venice Serenissima in the year 1430 issued a law that limited the height of the wedge to a normal size, about 8 cm.

But the law was completely ignored by all the people who continued to wear the cioppine.

In fact, even the Venetian husbands favored their use, since they limited the risk that their wives went around (because of the difficulty to walk on them) while they were out of town for work.

Even the ecclesiastical authorities approved them because these shoes, which limited the movements, discouraged activities that were considered sinful for them, including dance.

The wedges were then covered with leather or velvet, and the fabric of the cioppine was often the same used then also for the dress.

The cioppine became fashionable also in Spain, France, England and even in China.

They were then banned after many women suffered abortions due to falls caused by the use of excessively high footwear.

There are shoes that, for better or for worse, have gone down in history, or in any case somehow remember its existence even in legends and stories.

How not to mention then, at the beginning, the god Mercury, Hermes correspondent of Greek mythology, and his winged shoes, the famous Talari. This attribute did not mean anything but his role as messenger of the Gods, and for this reason which representation would have been better if not the wings to sandals to send the messages as quickly as possible!

In China, starting from 900 AD until the first half of the twentieth century, that is for almost a thousand years, the practice for women to bandage their feet and to dress very small and narrow shoes was in vogue, since this, at the time, represented a symbol of purity and nobility . This is the so-called Golden Lotus or Golden Lilies, a poetic name used to describe this Chinese practice of artificial deformation of female feet. The reference to the flower that sways in the wind was in fact due to the oscillating gait that the feet so placed gave to the woman. According to legend, the practice of the Golden Lotus arose around 900 AD. from an imperial concubine. To get hold of the favor of the emperor, she had bandaged his feet with long bands of white silk and then danced the Dance of the moon on the Lotus flower.

In Krakow, on the other hand, there is an episode that binds a refined shoe, the noble foot that wore it and its imprint on a church stone. We are talking about the church of the Carmelite Fathers in Piasek, whose historical foundation is linked to the figures of Hedwig and Ladislao Jagellone, who commissioned the construction of the building at the end of the fourteenth century. According to a popular story in fact the wise and good Queen Hedwig went one day to the church still under construction. At a certain point, however, she realized that one of the masons who worked there had a very sad and resigned face. So the sovereign, always a gentle soul, worried about him and then learned that the worker’s sadness was due to the economic difficulties he was facing, especially because of the impossibility of buying the medicines necessary to make his seriously ill wife recover. Hedwig then did not hesitate any longer and decided to help him: he put her foot on a block of stone, untied the gold buckle from the shoe and gave it to the worker, aware that, by selling it, he would earn money needed. Once the queen had gone away, the man saw the imprint that her shoe had left on the still soft clay. Thus, in memory of the goodness and generosity of the sovereign, he has walled the block with the imprint of the shoe in the wall of the church with the date engraved: the year was 1390.

A curiosity about shoes with heels: unlike what you might think, it was not a woman to introduce them first in their shoe rack and show off with ease, but a man, the king of France Louis XIV, who, not being able to boast of a particularly important stature, sought remedy, or at least tried to do it, using this little help.

Another anecdote instead concerns the famous pianist and composer Fryderyk Chopin. The latter was invited to lunch by a rich shoemaker who, at the end of the meal, asked the master to sit at the piano saying: “just to show me how to do it”. So, in response, Chopin returned the invitation and after having lunch with the shoemaker, he brought a small table and all the shoemaker’s tools and asked the guest to make a shoe for him, starting with: “just to see how it’s done”.

The shoes were protagonists or co-stars on many famous films, magic shoes, which set up fashion or simply worn.

Let’s see together the eight most famous films in which shoes were a fundamental part of the plot.

  • MAGIC OF OZ: in the famous movie “The Wizard of Oz” inspired by the story told in the books “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” the protagonist Dorothy wears the magical red shoes that had the power to take her home or carry it wherever she wanted.
  • IN HER SHOES: the film “In Her Shoes” talks about two completely different sisters, who have no interest in common, apart from their great passion for shoes.
  • CENERENTOLA: the story of Cinderella in the film, in cardboard or in books we all know it. It is the classic story in which shoes are an essential part of history. Cinderella after a spell by the Fairy Godmother wears these magical crystal shoes. The shoes were then replicated by the big fashion names.
  • GREASE: in the last scenes of the movie “Grease” during the piece “You’re the one that I want” we can see the shoes worn by the protagonist Olivia, with which she turns off the cigarette in front of John Travolta. Red shoes with super heels then seen again on the catwalks.
  • PRETTY WOMAN: always used by the protagonist we see the very high knee boots with black zip closure. From there started the fashion of high-heeled boots up to the knee, fashion seen again on the catwalk in recent years.
  • MARIA ANTONIETTA: in Sofia Coppola’s film dedicated to Marie Antoinette you can see hundreds of shoes including the current and very famous All Star. Even the Royal people need comfort and simplicity.
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE 2: the film “Back to the Future 2” sees the protagonist Martin wearing the legendary Nike shoes that have the power to tie themselves up, be self-cleaning and also have the power to adapt to the number of feet. Shoes that Nike has currently produced.
  • THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: the film “The Devil wears Prada” is based on fashion. During the film you can see hundreds and hundreds of smoking hot shoes, all the shoes that every woman dreams of having in her own shoe rack.

Shoes have an important meaning in dreams.

Have you ever dreamed of shoes and not having understood the connection between the dream and the shoes that are the protagonists of your dream?

What meaning do shoes have in dreams?

Shoes are recurring objects in dreams and represent the connection with reality, the way you proceed in life, your social role and your identity as well as being an object of seduction.

There are various meanings related to shoes in dreams: let’s discover together the most important.

  • Dreaming of buying shoes: when you dream of buying new shoes, the meaning is: new situations. If you dream of having a lot of pairs of shoes in front of you and not being able to decide which one to buy or not to find your shoe size, it means that you have difficulty adapting to changes, or it may indicate dissatisfaction.
  • Dreaming of beautiful, elegant and comfortable shoes: the meaning is happiness, self-esteem, optimism and ambition.
  • Dreaming of wearing big shoes: it means that you suffer loneliness and discomfort.
  • Dreaming of tight shoes: it can mean that you are experiencing suffocating relationships or uncomfortable situations.
  • Dreaming of wearing other people’s shoes: the meaning of dreaming of wearing other people’s shoes is mostly due to the desire to resemble the person who owns the shoes we wear in the dream.
  • Dreaming of wearing inverted shoes: it means feeling guilt for some reason, or having a confusion within oneself.
  • Misleading shoes: dreaming of wearing shoes of different colors or different numbers reveals a personal imbalance.
  • Dreaming of not being able to wear shoes: this means insecurity and discomfort.
  • Dreaming of not being able to take off the shoes: this dream means the fear or the difficulty of letting go yourself.
  • Inappropriate shoes: dreaming of wearing inappropriate shoes (for example wearing slippers at a wedding) can mean that you do not feel part of a new social environment
  • Broken shoes: the meaning of dreaming of wearing broken shoes is due to an uncomfortable situation. It can also mean that you have to work hard to achieve your wishes.
  • Losing shoes: dreaming of losing our shoes or not finding them where we left them, means having little self-esteem, fear of being exposed to the judgment of others.

Women and shoes: a deep link that binds them.

All women, or almost, are attracted to footwear. Those who buy them to wear them and those who buy them only for the desire to own them in the shoe rack.

But in psychology this means much more: in addition to gestures, the positions that are assumed, facial expressions and what is said, even shoes are indicators of personality.

The shoe demonstrates aspects of the status of the person, emotional tendencies and unconsciously the shoe would serve to improve one’s appearance without drawing too much attention on oneself.

How many of you have never bought shoes when they were sad or depressed? The purchase of the shoe expresses a compensation mechanism.

In America on the Urban Dictionary the term “shoeaholic” has been coined to indicate a “person who owns more than 60 pairs of shoes”, and in 2011 came out the first documentary that explores the intimate bond between women and shoes, analyzing it from the point of historical, psychological and sociocultural view with the emblematic title “God save my shoes”.

A list would also have been drawn up with all kinds of footwear associated with a personality, let’s see it together.

– Flashy and colorful shoes: rebellious and solar person

– Booties and amphibians: private person

– Five-inch heels: a person who cares for his femininity and with an unpredictable character

– Wedges: aggressive personality who likes to dominate the male

– Sneakers: self-confident woman

– Flip-flops: spontaneous person

– Ballerina: index of a naive person

– Moccasin: smart person

– Sandals: cheerful and uninhibited personality

– Brand shoes: insecure and anxious person

– Old shoes: a person not interested in the judgment of others and who represses own emotions

– Always clean and perfect shoes: vice versa, a person definitely interested in the judgment of others and who likes to be noticed.

The doubt that grips every woman is: how do I match the shoes with the bag?

In this article we will give you some tips to solve this dilemma.

Grandmothers and mothers have always set us as a rule that bags and shoes always go in color coordinated, but now this dogma still applies?

Do shoes and bags have to be combined?

They are combined in the case of particular colors or if we wear a patterned dress.

Or when we wear particularly colorful clothes and we want to use a neutral colored bag, therefore, the shoe will be combined with the same color of the bag to not make the “Arlecchino” effect look.

Or even when we wear a bag in pattern we can combine shoes of a color that is present in the bag and vice versa.

When are shoes and bags not coordinated?

When we wear a boring look, such as a little black dress, in this case bag and shoe of different shades can liven up the look with a bit of color.

Another example is when we wear a basic look, such as trousers and shirt or the classic jeans and shirt, in this case we make the look less foregone and personalized by wearing shoes and a bag of different colors.

Another point not to forget is: do we want to bet on the bag or on the shoe?

For example, if we want to enhance our look with a red bag, then you should wear shoes of the color of the outfit or neutral or in case we want to bet everything on our shoes, then should be used a neutral colored bag.

If our look is monochromatic we can use the technique of contrasting textures, same color but different material!

The last interesting point, which we see in the fashion of this moment, is to combine shoes and bags of pastel color even if they are different colors as pastel shades will make the look homogeneous.

What is the the slip lasting method?

The the slip lasting method is a process that allows the shoe maximum flexibility, ensuring comfort and lightness to the wearer.

By using the slip lasting method, all the rigid components used in all other processes are avoided.

Before seeing the completed footwear there are about 200 steps to be done to create the footwear.

The strong point of this processing is the flexibility of the shoe: it can in fact be fold easily, even just by keeping the shoe between thumb and forefinger.

But in the practical aspect, what does bag processing consist of?

The first step consists in the realization of a lining, which before being worked and joined to the upper, is sewn around the shape just like a sachet.

Then we move on to the stretch that we make on a heated form and beaten by hand by an expert craftsman.

A padded and breathable material will then be inserted between the lining and the sole to make the shoe more comfortable and shockproof.

The lining and the insole will then be sewn to the upper.

In this particular process the mounting slab is eliminated for greater softness thus creating a single body between the upper and the sole.

As the last step there is the particular seam called “Blake”, that is a seam that unites upper and sole through a double seam both inside and outside.

This process requires extreme precision in all its steps and in the realization and development of the models and in the junction phase with precise and constant skimming and stitching.

The slip lasting method contains softness, lightness and processing technique as synonymous quality, research of materials, style and elegance that identify a craft product.

We at Mara Bini create shoes with a unique style without forgetting the comfort and lightness that our customers look for in a shoe using this particular process, combining style and beauty with refined comfort using top quality materials.

“The foot has 28 bones, 27 joints, 100 ligaments, 23 muscles, and a highly branched nervous and capillary system.It takes a shoe that is worthy.”

Shoes are essential for our life and accompany us, in most cases, in the various moments of our lives.

Starting from infancy with the first steps, the maturity exam, the graduation, marriage, travel and all the days of our daily life.

In addition to the external beauty of footwear, the primary importance is the quality of the same for our health.

This is why it is important to choose the footwear and the quality with which it was produced.

The quality of our Made in Italy is a guarantee for the health and well-being of the foot.

Italian shoes are in the foreground, components, accessories, machines for production and everything related to the design created by stylists and modellers.

Made in Italy craftsmanship is a protection for one’s own health, because, unlike other countries, in Italy it has never been so necessary. all the materials.

From real leather to the upper, from the sole to the most minute details of a shoe, it has been carefully and carefully chosen.

The quality of Made in Italy is very high, this is justified by the quality of the materials used, the manufacture and attention to detail that we can only find in Italian footwear.

When you are about to buy a shoe, remember the quality factor – price and wellness of your foot and your health, buy Made in Italy shoes!