Today we will talk about the history of sandals.
The oldest sandals were found during excavations in an Oregon cave about ten thousand years ago. At this time, scientists have found rock paintings dating from the Paleolithic period, depicting people in sandals. For many centuries, such open shoes have been part of the traditional costume in various parts of the world. Sandals were most widespread in countries with a hot climate: the locals needed light footwear that protected their feet from the hot earth.
Oddly enough, many people think that sandals came to us from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. However, it is not.
The history of the appearance of sandals originates in the Ice Age, more than 5 million years ago. Leather sandals protected the feet of our ancestors from external factors. Thanks to them, the legs have become more protected from the environment. Of course, these were primitive shoes, which were made from improvised means: animal skin, tree bark, dried grass, etc.
Sandals were widely used in Egypt, they were made from papyrus, palm leaves, and even from rawhide and wood. On the feet, such shoes were kept thanks to leather straps.
In addition to practical use, shoes for the ancient Egyptians also had an aesthetic value: sandal straps were decorated with precious stones and various patterns.
Wooden sandals were made in India, soon after rice straw sandals appeared in China and Japan. The South American population used sisal, from which they made twine and wove sandals.
In the Victorian era, sandals entered the everyday life of Europeans thanks to Edward Carpenter. The poet, activist, philosopher, and lover of shoes that were unusual for that time called traditional shoes «leather coffins.» Carpenter received traditional Kashmiri sandals from a friend, after which the Englishman began to «forge» his favorite style on his own. At the suggestion of Carpenter, outlandish open shoes became popular in Britain.
In the 1920s, women wore sandals with beachwear, and in the 1930s, heeled sandals became popular. In addition, in the first half of the 20th century, espadrilles, open-heeled shoes and straw sandals, inspired by huaraches, traditional Mexican woven shoes, came into use.
In the 1960s, for the sake of luxury and comfort, more and more shoes began to appear that exposed the feet and ankles. Then flip flops came into fashion. Not only flip flops with a strap between the thumb and forefinger became popular, but also the so-called Jesus sandals made of leather with cross straps or a thumb ring, which hippies especially liked.
In our store you can find fashionable Jesus leopard sandals from the SCHOLL brand. If you prefer something more relaxed, check out the black EMU Australia sandals.
Minimalism in the realm of sandals reigned with the entry into the fashion scene of the German company Birkenstock. Although it was founded in the 18th century, its golden age began in the mid-1960s, when Karl Birkenstock shoes with orthopedic insoles began to be sold in the United States. Today, many brands create their own interpretation of Birkenstocks. In our stores you can find an interpretation of the birkenstocks from the SCHOLL brand, which follow the anatomy of the foot.
At SOHO, Clarks and at sohoshop.ru you can find different models and interpretations of sandals for any occasion. We recommend paying attention to the brands SCHOLL, EMU Australia and Clarks. We have already prepared for the summer, we are waiting for you!