Why do we wear shoes? To the modern privileged human, footwear is a given. However, it wasn’t always this way. Shoes nowadays have gone beyond fulfilling practical purposes. Do we actually need a pair of red bottom Louboutins for that wedding or the latest Yeezy’s to survive? Probably not. But that certainly hasn’t stopped shoes from becoming a staple of modern human culture.
But when did this transition happen? When did shoes go from being a protective barrier between our hooves and the floor to a fashion statement and status symbol? You’re watching Explore Mode and this week we are diving into the history and origin of shoes.
01:26 Early historical evidence of shoes 02:03 First archeological evidence of shoes 02:25 First leather shoe 03:05 First moccasin shoes 03:25 The birth of thong sandals 04:02 Abebe Bikila, the man who ran an Olympic marathon barefoot 05:10 The origin of high heels / Where do high heels come from? 07:35 The origin of sneakers / 08:50 History of Adidas / History of Puma 09:57 History of Nike