28 interesting fun facts about shoes

In Japan, it is not customary to enter a house with "street" shoes. The etiquette rules of the Land of the Rising Sun say that such shoes or boots should be left on the doorstep, and slippers must be worn indoors.

2. In the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, heels were always painted red.

3. During the reign of King William II of England (11th century), it was customary to wear shoes with pointed toes twisted like ram's horns.

4. According to the Code of Jewish Law, also known as the "Shulchan Aruch", the right shoe is always put on first, and the left shoe is taken off first. The same rule is followed in Islamic states.

5. Open-toed shoes became popular in the 1930s, when beaches became fashionable.

6. The largest shoe in the world was made in the Philippine city of Marikina. It was 5.5 meters long, 2.25 meters wide and 1.83 meters high. If such shoes were created for a mythical giant, his height would be 37.5 meters.

7. In the US state of Maine, it is illegal to walk down the street with your shoelaces untied.

8. In China, there is a custom of throwing one of the bride's red shoes from the roof. According to popular beliefs, this simple ritual makes the marriage strong and happy.

9. During the Chinese Han Empire (206 BC - 220 AD), girls' wedding shoes were wooden sandals that were attached to the foot with colorful ribbons. It was believed that such shoes bring prosperity to family life.

10. The first heels were designed to hold the foot in the stirrup.

11. In Hungary , the groom drinks a toast to the bride from his slipper.

12. The first women's shoes were made for Queen Victoria of Great Britain in 1840.

13. In North Dakota, it is against the law to be idle, much less to sleep with your shoes on.

14. The first high-heeled shoes for women are believed to have been invented in the 16th century by Catherine de Medici, who thus solved the problem of her small stature before traveling to France to marry Henry II- lea de Valois.

15. Plato and Aristotle believed that bare feet reduced sexual desire and that wearing shoes gave its owner sexual power.

16. Today in the United States of America there is a custom of tying shoes to the bumper of a wedding car. It is an ancient rite of betrothal, during which the father gives the son-in-law her shoes.

17. The first image of shoes was created about 15,000 years ago. It was found on stone carvings in what is now left of Spain.

18. In China, the bride wears special wedding shoes on which different images are embroidered, each representing a symbol. For example, in Fujian province, images of a turtle and a deer are embroidered on wedding shoes, which are a symbol of a long-term happy marriage.

19. The soles of the first Louboutins were painted red with nail polish.

20. In the 17th century, the upper class in Europe wore shoes with six-inch heels.

21. In the Middle East, heels began to be attached to shoes to protect the foot from the hot sand.

22. In the US state of Ohio, women are prohibited by law from wearing polished shoes.

23. The Dassler brothers founded a company in 1924 that quickly became one of the world leaders in athletic footwear. However, after World War II, they fell out and split the company in two. Adolf named his company Adidas (from Adi Dassler), and Rudolph - RuDa (from Rudi Dassler), later naming it Puma. The German city, where these two companies are based, is still divided into two halves, whose inhabitants do not tolerate each other.

24. In Tunisia, before the wedding, the groom gives his bride white slippers. The gift set also includes a white candle, pillow and gloves. The girl should light a candle and, while it burns, decorate her hands on the pillow with henna. After getting ready, he puts gloves on his hands and white slippers on his feet.


25. To obtain rubber shoes, the Indians of South America simply dipped their feet in the fresh juice of the plant from which rubber was obtained. After hardening, the juice turned into waterproof "overshoes".


26. The country considered the leader in footwear production is Italy . More than 30,000 large and small businesses produce footwear. It is not for nothing that Italy is depicted on the world map in the form of a beautiful boot.


27. If you wear sandals without socks in Cuba , you will be considered gay.


28. The boots, in which Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, are still "floating" in space.


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