Can you imagine travelling barefoot to your office? The idea of laying the delicate soles of your feet on streets littered with tiny rocks, fallen twigs and a host of foreign elements sure is daunting. Yet, unbelievably, many ancient civilisations felt that people didn’t really need to wear shoes.
Thankfully, 50,000 years ago, someone probably got tired of seeing all that muck on their feet because (at least in extremely frigid places) people started wearing shoes to protect their feet. About a decade later, stronger soles were developed. Mesopotamia’s mountain dwellers covered their feet with “soft shoes” which were essentially made of leather, similar in look to the modern-day moccasins, held together by rawhide lacings. And nearly 10,000 years ago the first pair of sandals was worn in California.
The Ancient Greeks first wore sandals and set forth the evolution of footwear. Strangely, at different points of history, people around the world wore variations of sandals made of materials like papyrus and palm leaves (Egypt), willow leaves and twigs (Greece) and sagebrush bark (as found in California) without influence from each other.
Sandals are popular even today. They can easily be connected to the ancient sandals as the construction and design of the soles is not very different. In fact, most footwear that we use today is inspired from ancient designs. Moccasins inspired loafers and platform shoes were developed from a 16th century shoe called chopines’. High heels came from the high-soled shoes worn to protect the feet from dirty streets.
While the fancy shoemakers of modern Europe didn’t experiment too much with the shape of the shoes, they used up their imagination with different materials and colours. Like today, the materials used determined the cost of the shoes. Therefore, while an aristocrat and a peasant both wore sandals, the aristocrat strutted on sandals crafted from wood, while the peasant tottered on heavy sandals made of leather.
By the 18th century, shoes made of fabric became all the rage. Again, men and women wore shoes that had the same shape, but were made of different materials. With fabric entering the scene, they finally began to look different as shoemakers used a combination of materials, style and colour to change the toe and heel shape.
Early Indians too wore sandals carved out of woods, known as kharau. The art of shoes making in India evolved over the generations and gave us handcrafted footwear such as nagras, mojris and Kolhapuri chappals. No matter how popular the western styles are, nothing is more comfortable than the handcrafted nagras, mojris and Kolhapuri chappals.
Monsoons are the perfect time to invest in some rain proof footwear. We, at Craftsvilla, provide not just durable products but also some of the best designs in the country. With our wide range, one can choose office wear, daily wear and even fancy wear.
Craftsvilla.com, India’s largest online ethnic store, brings us closer to our roots by offering us a mind-blowing range of footwear. So, the next time you think footwear, explore Craftsvilla’s the wide range of footwear, available for both men and women. Indulge the shoeaholic in you with the different designs, colours and styles of footwear available online!