9 INTERESTING FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SHOES
For all you women out there that love shoes, you will get a kick out of reading these 9 interesting facts you never knew about the shoes you wear all the time. They will knock your socks off.
1. Sneaking around and sneakers go hand in hand.
According to The New York Times, in the late 1800’s, people started using the word sneakers because the rubber sole allowed you to “sneak” around without making a sound.
2. The red sole on Louboutins are inspired by an Andy Warhol drawing.
In 1993, Louboutin wanted to make a shoe inspired by Warhol’s “Flowers” drawing. When the prototype of the shoe arrived, he was pleased with it but still couldn’t shake the feeling that “the drawing still was stronger”. He looked around and saw an assistant painting her nails a bright red colour. He grabbed her nail polish and painted it all over the black sole of the shoe.
3. Men were the first to wear heels.
In the late 10th century, men who rode horses needed their boots to have heels in order to stay in their stirrups. (Ever wonder why cowboy boots have heels?) And since owning horses was a sign of wealth, heels became a signifier of aristocracy and high social standing, not gender.
4. She was definitely a shoe addict.
The first lady of the Philipines from 1965 to 1986, Imelda Marcos enjoyed many luxuries in life. When her family fled the Island, the Malacafian Palace was found to have 15 mink coast, 508 gowns, 1000 handbags, and a mere 1056 pairs of shoes.
5. U.S. women own an average of 19 pairs of shoes.
A poll of 1057 women by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for shopping magazine ShopSmart found U.S. women on average own 19 pairs of shoes although they only wear four pairs regularly while 15 percent have over 30 pairs. How many pairs do you own?
6. The most expensive shoes ever sold for $660,000.
Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”, of course. The original pair sold at an auction in 2000.
7. Through an experiment, the wedge shoe was invented.
Due to the trade close Italy experience in the 1940’s, steel was no longer available, so designer Salvatore Ferragamo experimented with new materials thus creating the wedge shoe.
8. Jimmy Choo constructed his first pair of shoes at age 11.
9. Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous shoe collection is estimated to cost more than $40,000.
Which shoe fact surprised you the most? We would love to know. If you have any other interesting facts about shoes, we would love to hear them.