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Interesting Facts on Shoes
They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.
-- Imelda Marcos
What would we do without shoes? Certainly, marching over sidewalk, road, gravel—or else exercising on long forest trails or dancing through the club—are activities that require very special shoes: one for every occasion. Without the perfect pair of shoes, your feet would be tired, painful, and damaged.
The human foot contains more bones than any other part of the human body. It is important to protect these smaller bones and support the best posture. Shoes made of wood, leather, canvas, plastics, rubber have evolved over the past several years to protect, to amplify, and to stylize.
How to Buy Quality Shoes for Cheap
When you purchase shoes at various shoe stores, it’s essential to choose a pair that will last you—that will conquer your daily walking, running, and dancing needs with ease. After all -- you don’t want to rush out to the store every few weeks, just to buy another pair of shoes (that you ultimately have to break in, anyway).
Buying really, really cheap shoes can, ultimately, be more expensive in the long run. Therefore, it’s essential to understand certain elements of how shoes are made to decide which shoes to purchase for greater longevity and durability.
For example, men’s shoes — either for professional or more formal occasions — are generally made of leather. This leather is either full grain or corrected. Full grain is hardly treated, showing all of the imperfections that was on the actual animal. The very best and expensive men’s shoes are made with this premium leather. On the other hand, corrected leather has been sanded and coated with sealant. These shoes look nice in the store, but ultimately, these corrected leather materials tend to peel off rather quickly. Therefore, if you wear leather shoes everyday, they are more expensive in the long run, since you will have to replace them more frequently.
Tip: When purchasing men's shoe, opt for full grain leather instead of corrected leather. Although it is more expensive, it looks better, lasts longer, and are higher quality.
When it comes to shopping for women’s shoes, avoiding tacky or "cheap-looking" shoes with flimsy soles are always a priority. But, how can you tell which shoes look cheap and are made of poor materials and which ones are of decent quality?
Generally, higher platformed shoes look cheaper and less classy, also less professional. Furthermore, if there’s too much embellishment the shoe tends to look gaudy and unrefined. Embellishments and accessories on shoes such as ribbons, bowy, studs, and rhinestones are great for more playful and fun occassions, or for kids and teenagers. High shines can also make shoes look cheap and outdated.
Tip: Avoid anything too flashy. Opt for lower platforms and a good fit that will give you a confident stride.
Ultimately, being able to walk in your shoes comfortably and gracefully is absolutely essential. Women walking with wobbly ankles or poor support ruin shoes more quickly and they are also more poor for your orthopedic health.
Different Kinds of Shoes
|Types of Shoes|
running shoes, basketball shoes,
walking shoes, track shoes, soccer cleats, bowlilng
shoes, yoga shoes, football shoes, etc.
|Meant to maximize friction between foot
cowboy boots, hiking boots, snow boots, etc.
|Meant to,cover ankle and foot, to protect from
hazardous materials, mud, water, or snow.
oxfords, brogues, saddle shoes, monk-straps,
slingbacks, court shoes, pumps, high heels,
stilettos, kitten heels, etc.
|Meant for,a high-end environment, or for
work -- often made with smooth leather.
sandals, clogs, boat shoes, platform shoes, slippers, etc.
|Unisexshoes have many purposes and come
inseveral styles. However: men and women
find similar uses with each.
pointe shoes, jazz shoes, flamenco shoes, ballet shoes,
tap shoes, etc.
|Dancers,utilize several different kinds of dance
shoes, depending on the specific type of dance.
diabetic shoes, hospital shoes, etc.
|Meant to,relieve foot and ankle pain with low heels
and a large “toe box.”
Budget Sport and Athletic Shoes
Athletic shoes are made often with a rubber, flexible sole and include basketball shoes, running shoes, tennis shoes, soccer cleats, etc. Of course, "sneakers" as we know them today have a long history, dating back to the 1870s. Initially, they were termed "Plimsoll" and used by vacationers and tennis players before gaining more popularity in the later part of the twentieth century (and with dads over 40). Today, popular athletic shoes include Asics, K-Swiss, Keds, Air Jordan, Nike, Puma, etc.
Tip: You can buy affordable running shoes and other exercise shoes, as long as you focus on the fit and cushioning.
Ask a specialist to help you determine the best fit.
Affordable tennis and running shoes can be difficult to find in this exercise-obsessed culture, but it is possible if you know what you’re doing. Always, when purchasing—no matter the cost—ensure that your heel is snug (but not tight), that your instep is secure, that your foot can move side-to-side inside of the shoe, and that your foot has enough room to flex and grow as you exercise. Don’t assume that buying a more expensive pair of running shoes or basketball shoes will automatically vamp your work out or cause you to lose 10 pounds over the weekend, however they may motivate you to get into shape and be more active!
The Evolution of Shoes For Women: From High Heels to Pumps to Stilettos
There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.
-- Christian Louboutin
Since the dawn of time (or, since at least Ancient Greece), women’s feet have been regarded as powerful, almost mystical and incredibly sexual features. In Greece, women wore strappy sandals to signify their worth, whilst in China, women bound their feet to ensure they were mere three inches long—the fashionable length of female shoes, at the time.
Women’s heels, such as pumps or stilettos, made their grand entrance during the 1500s. At the time, heels were about an inch high, before towering to about three inches in 1700s France.
During the eighteenth century, three types of Europeans heels developed, including the Italian heel, which was similar to stilettos, the French heel, which was shorter and termed the "Louis" heel, and the English heel, which was shorter and thicker—the less sexy variety.
Throughout the following hundreds of years, tweaking of toes, heels, decorations, etc. evolved into the early 2000s world of women’s high heels, which includes everything from ballet flats to boots with pointed toes to boots with square toes to stilettos to pumps to platforms and beyond. Shoes are meant to match your personality—and you have an entire world of fashion to choose from.