One can never have enough shoes. For all shoe lovers out there, here are some little known facts about men’s shoes that we stumbled upon.
1.Sneaking around in sneakers
Advertising agent Henry Nelson McKinney from the company N. W. Ayer & Son was the one to come up with the word sneakers. The reason simply being that the rubber soles in these shoes let the wearer to easily sneak around in them without making any noise.
2.High heels were made for men
If you thought that heels were made for women, then you’re wrong! High heels were originally made for the men. It was the knights for whom high heels were first made to help them keep their feet in the saddle. High heels quickly became a symbol of aristocracy and high social status and less about gender as horses were considered to be symbols of wealth.
3.World’s largest shoes
Can you guess how large are the world’s largest shoes? Hold your breath! It’s a whopping 17 feet long and 8 feet wide, and each of these shoes can fit 30 people inside. The pair is on display at the Marikina Shoe Museum in the Philippines.
4.Wear Uwabaki in Japan
If you are ever invited to a house in Japan, make sure you leave your footwear outside and wear Uwabaki inside the house. Uwabaki is nothing but a pair of Japanese slippers worn indoors at home, school and other places.
5.The first pair of right- and left-footed shoes was made in Philadelphia
In the early 1800s shoes were made with no difference between the right and the left shoe. It was in 1818, that the right shoe was invented. The first pair of right and left-footed shoes were made in Philadelphia.