In this article we will list the 10 curiosities you do not know about shoes, from the oldest to those of our modern times.
- Stiletto heel: the stiletto heel was born in Italy and was invented in the 50s by some Vigevano artisans.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Mexico it is traditional to wear cowboy boots with a long tip, which can be up to 1 meter in length.
- 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”.
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.
We have finally entered the spring and summer is almost upon us.
What models are in fashion this season?
- Décolleté with low heel: décolleté with midi heel, also called kitten heel, are ideal for all women who love comfort but do not want to do without elegance and refinement.
Bon-ton shoes par excellence, they are ideal to wear in the office or even in the evening for some event or dinner.
They adapt easily to any type of look, with jeans, a dress or an elegant look.
- Moccasin: the moccasin is a must for this spring – summer 2018, it is a valid alternative to sandals and décolleté for those looking for a shoe that combines comfort with style.
Décolleté with low heel: décolleté with midi heel, also called kitten heel, are ideal for all women who love comfort but do not want to do without elegance and refinement.
- Mules: mules also known as sabot shoes are back in fashion in summer 2017, always have the back part open and can be either with the low heel or with the high heel.
They can be found in leather or in various fabrics and can be either basic or embellished with various accessories and can even be completed with fur.
They too, like the moccasins, are perfect with dresses and office looks.
- Ballerina shoe: the ballerina shoe never goes out of fashion! But it is constantly changing to stay on the cutting edge and follow fashion.
This year the pointy ballerinas are very fashionable, some showing part of the heel, with decorations or buckles and studs.
To be worn preferably with some dress or skirt.
- Slip on: the slip on are sneakers without laces or zippers but with elastic.
They are for the more sporty women, who love the comfortable, less formal look and want to feel at ease.
Ideal to wear with jeans or trousers but also with sheath dress, flared skirts or tight-fitting dresses to break the look.
Did you already know all the proposals for this new season?