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It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and I decided to have some fun and put together a list of little known fun facts about shoes. Happy reading

    1. According to The New York Times, in the late 1800s, people started using the word sneakers because the rubber sole allowed you to “sneak” around without making a sound.
    2. For centuries, heels signified a high social standing rather than gender. It was also crucial for men riding horses to have a heel on their boot in order to stay in their stirrups.
    3. The most expensive shoes ever sold for $660,000 were Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at an auction in 2000.


    1. The wedge was invented by experiment. Due to the trade close Italy experienced in the 1940s, steel was no longer available, so designer Salvatore Ferragamo experimented with new materials thus creating the wedge shoe.
    2. The first lady’s boot was created for Queen Victoria in 1840.
    3. Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous shoe collection is estimated to cost more than $40,000.


    1. Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe shaved a quarter inch off one of her stilettos so that she’d walk with a more pronounced wiggle of her hips.


    1. Christian Louboutin’s famous red soles are a tribute to Andy Warhol’s drawing “Flowers.” His initial pair was painted in red nail polish.
    2. Havaianas are inspired by the traditional Japanese sandal known as the Zori whose soles are made of rice straw. As a homage to the muse, all of their sandals feature a rice pattern sole.
    3. Audrey Hepburn made loafers fashionable for women. In the film, “Funny Face,” she wore Salvatore Ferragamo’s now famous design.


    1. The world’s largest shoes measure 17 feet long and 8 feet wide. The shoes can each fit 30 people inside. The pair is on display at the Marikina Shoe Museum in the Philippines.
    2. Open toe shoes were introduced in the 1930s with the arrival of sunbathing.
    3. If you are ever invited to someone’s home in Japan, make sure you take your shoes off. Footwear are never worn indoors, instead guests borrow slippers called uwabaki.


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