The history of sandals

Sandals are the most popular and simple kind of footwear all over the world. Women often combine them with skirts, shorts or dresses. If you want to choose some model just click.

What is the primary function of shoes? Right – protection bare feet from stones, hot sand, thorns, dirt etc. That’s what sandals were invented for. Frankly speaking, nobody knows when they were “born” and where, but the name is obvious of Greek origin. And the translation of the word “sandals” means “sole, attached to the foot by straps”. sand13

The ancient Egyptians brought their additions to the Greek model by way of more comfortable to wear materials and exquisite jewelry: the sole they were making of palm leaves or papyrus, and straps of gentlefolks shoes decorated by drawings and precious stones. In response, the Greeks took a creative break for a couple of centuries, but after, they surpassed The Egyptians in producing more comfortable shoes by making “sandal revolution” in the sphere of cutting and tailoring. They first began to stitch shoes in separate templates for both right and left foot. The beautiful Greek women made an important contribution in such a natural improvement. They were big connoisseurs of comfort and beauty.






Roman sandals were called “Solea”. But wear such open shoes in public was tabooed. Each Roman citizen – from gladiator to patrician, was obliged to show up in “public” wearing shoes called “Calcei”, which completely covered the foot and laced up from the front with ribbons or strings. By the way, women mainly wore white shoes and men – black shoes. Incidentally, exactly to the strong half of Roman population belongs the witty idea of painting portraits of their enemies on the soles of their shoes.s18a



Mocking attitude to enemies didn’t save the Roman Empire from destruction. The Middle Ages arrived and in Western Europe everybody forgot about sandals, inasmuch as shoes got into fashion, strongly and at a long date. Though, for example, the Spaniards continued to weave sandals of braid. But in India cobblers were making similar shoes from wood, as they couldn’t make it of the cow leather. Because cows are considered as sacred animals in this country. And the Chinese and Japanese wore wooden, “bench-like” sandals without top, which were kept on feet with the help of cloth or braided plaits.s21a


During several centuries, people were bringing “shoes” experiments and in the beginning of 20th century they got back to the basics. At a new stage, master-cobblers took care about the form of sandals and shaped it in the outline of the foot. In 20s of the last century sandals are back in fashion again.


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After the Second World War, wistful about work, European shoe designers began their experiments with cheap materials such as canvas, felt and even rubber. Since that moment and up to this day, sandals, as a full member of a shoe kind, become the object that designers and constructors focus attention on.


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