“Oh! My Shoe???” Have you ever thought about what made man invent shoes? From where this idea of covering FEET came into mind? If YES then this article is going to increase your knowledge about this great invention and if NO then you should read it as mentioned already “to increase your knowledge”
Jan Ernst Matzeliger is the pioneer among all civilizations in the invention of shoes. He is considered as the inventor of modern-day shoes with the first proper structure through his “lasting machine” in 1883. But the invention of Jan Ernst Matzeliger was just an evolutionary point in the manufacturing of shoes before that there were different structures of shoes of every civilization.
Why We Needed Shoes?
As we all know that Adam and Eve were the first ones to step on earth and human civilization started.
Most of the things early civilizations learned were from their fellow animals and humans used their skills to adapt for their survival. Now you would be thinking about what all this has to do with the invention of shoes? The answer is simple our ancestors needed to protect their feet from rough and rugged surface thorns, warm and burning sands, snows, and what not as they raged in search of food and shelter.
How it all started?
In pursuit of food and shelter, humans have to move from one place to another. So there was a need to protect their feet from damages caused by uneven surfaces, rocks, or bumpy terrain of forests to do so they used to cover their feet with dead animal skin.
Early Inventors (1250 BC-475)
Egyptian Roman and Greek civilizations were the first ones to invent shoes from papyrus fiber and raw leather. Shoes were a symbol of advancement and also used to differentiate between slaves and free citizens, ranks of soldiers in the army, as a royalty symbol for Kings and Princes.
The middle Ages
In Middle Ages shoes were produced using jute canvas, were light in weight, and were only suitable to be worn in a hotter atmosphere design of these shoes were mostly pointed having bands made of velvet which was tied to legs to make it appropriate for one to walk.
Early Modern Times.
Spain and Italy assumed an extraordinary job in ensemble structure in the sixteenth century. Shoes that were made in these nations later spread generally across Europe because of their designing arts and aesthetics.
The 18th century is the most developed and prominent time period for the development of shoes. Men dictate fashion in terms of shoes and sandals. Although women also wear fancy and printed shoes that was hidden under the skirts. Art and aesthetic linked up with shoe designing.
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