Sandals are a type of open shoes. They consist of a sole secured to the feet by straps around the ankle or passing over the instep. Sandals are usually described as footwear that exposes most of upper part of the foot.
People wear sandals for various reasons; which among others could be that they are more economical, as sandals require less material than other shoes. Sandals could also be worn to treat foot infections. Despite these, today’s most common reason for wearing sandals is for comfort. Feet remain cool and dry in the hot, humid sunny days. Sandals are also a great fashion choice!
We love to wear sandals! Everyone has a pair or two…or more. However, did you ever wonder about the history of sandals and just how long they have been around?
The oldest sandals were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in Oregon, USA. They were woven at least 10,000 years ago! That’s a long way sandals went through!
While Egyptians wore sandals made of papyrus and palm leaves, Greeks used to wear baxeae sandals made of willow leaves, twigs and fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers. The cothurnus was a boot sandal that rose about the middle of the leg and was worn mostly by tragic actors, hunters, horsemen and men or rank.
There is a large variety of types of sandals! More than you can think of!
Caligae is a heavy soled, hob-nailed Roman military sandal worn by all ranks of soldiers.
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Geta is a classical Japanese/Chinese form of elevated thong shoe, traditionally made of cryptomeria wood. Geta resembles both, clog and flip-flop. Wooden base is held to the foot with a fabric thong.
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Ancient Koreans wore Jipsin sandals made of straw. Jipsin were worn mostly by commoners, but also scholars and working farmers. The name of those shoes can vary according to the ingredients.
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Paduka is India’s oldest footwear. It’s the sole with a post and knob which is engaged between a big and second toe. Paduka was worn by common people. However padukas made of fine tea and sandalwood and decorated with ivory or wire were worn by people of high status.
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Pattens are overshoes worn in Europe from Middle Ages till 20th century. Pattens were worn outdoors to protect the normal shoes. Pattens were held in place by leather or cloth bands. The sole was made of wood or metal.
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Clog is a heavy thick sandal as the outsole is made of a piece of wood.
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Grecian sandals are composed of soles and straps that attach the shoe to the foot by crossing the toes and instep fastening around the ankle.
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You might be already well familiar with Jelly sandals. The jelly means PVC plastic material. They were invented by Jean Dauphant in response to post-war leather shortage. Nowadays you can find jelly sandals in lots of bright colors and designs.
You might be surprised but you can find so-called Barefoot sandals referring to straps or jewelry such as anklets and toe rings. Barefoot sandals originated in South Asia and have no sole. They are mostly worn at festivals primarily for decoration rather than protection.
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