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If the shoes fits!

If the shoes fits!

What is it about women and shoes? I say this as someone who really doesn’t possess many shoes at all. Boots yes. I have about 8 pairs of boots. Boots I love. Shoes – well not really. I prefer to go barefoot, and let’s face it not wearing shoes, that’s only natural, right?

Why would I need shoes?

Why would I need shoes?

Thousands and thousands of years ago, when ancient man walked the earth, in warm climates he generally chose to wear very little of anything. Cooler climes meant that s/he had to don some form of protection. We can’t know when the first shoes were worn of course, as shoe wearing pre-dates writing, however, relics and primitive cave paintings (c.8000 BC) do give us some insight. Hunting over jagged ground required some form of protection. Early shoes would have been animal skins wrapped around the feet and tied on with a natural cord fastening. They would protect the soles and keep your tootsies warm. Not great for walking long distances though, eh?

Left or right? Made no difference.

Left or right? Made no difference.

In Ancient Egypt the very first sandals were thongs made of papyrus and palm fibre to begin with, and then after they had learned how to tan leather they made a kind of leather flip flop. There was no left or right so each shoe was constructed in exactly the same way regardless of the instep and big toe. Obviously the richer you were and the more status you had, the better the shoes were that you could afford. Class was even allocated by colour. If you were well to do you would wear pastels, if you were middle class it was red and yellow. If you were royal, like our new Prince George, you could wear gold and jewelled sandals. If you were poor or a slave – you went barefoot.

The Ancient Greeks excelled at shoemaking; their shoes were elegant. By 400 BC people were quite obsessed. So much so that ‘rules’ were made about who could wear what and when. Shoes were only allowed to be worn outdoors and depending on your job and status you had to wear a certain type. The shoes of Ancient Rome were more durable and sturdy and less beautiful but again, people were distinguished according to class. Red for the emperor only.

The most ridiculous and funnest shoe ever??

The most ridiculous and funnest shoe ever??

For some reason there was then a lull on the shoe front for about a thousand years before the emergence of the pointed shoe. They became increasingly exaggerated with the toe becoming longer and longer like Pinocchio’s nose. Eventually it became impossible to walk in them so it is safe to assume they were merely a fashion and a status symbol. Bells were added to the end ….

The pointed shoe fortunately disappeared around 1460-70 when it was replaced by ‘Duck’s Bill’ or ‘Bear’s Claw’ shoes (when bears still existed in Europe). Duck’s Bill shoes were made of luscious fabrics such as silk, brocade and velvet and were then heavily padded, and embroidered. The shoes became broader and broader and eventually fashionable shoe wearers waddled (hence the name Duck’s Bill).

The Chopine. This one is quite a low heel ...

The Chopine. This one is quite a low heel …

During the C16th there was a new fad for women that took the form of a high heeled show known as the chopine. This was a type of over shoe with a raised platform sole designed to give the wearer height. The soles became higher and higher – some were up to thirty inches! Women could hardly walk in them. They were eventually outlawed after a number of women miscarried after falling off their shoes.

The C17th saw a fashion for shoes and stockings for men, and boots! Hooray! Buckles and beading were added to leather and taffeta during the C18th. However the C19th was more austere and there were really only three types of shoes to choose from: the boot, the clog and the dress slipper. The boot became every day wear, strong and durable although they took a long time to break in.

Play Girl in Love Purple Satin Diamante Occasion Heels

Play Girl in Love Purple Satin Diamante Occasion Heels

The C20th and C21st have seen the modern love affair with shoes continue. In fact according to recent figures while sales of many items have plummeted because of the economic downturn, footwear sales have increased. So why might this be?

• Buying a new pair of shoes can instantly update an outfit and change your whole look. This is something that women instinctively understand.
• Shoe buying is also a serious mood booster for many women. Buying shoes is supposed to release the mood enhancing hormone dopamine.
• Buying shoes is practical and therefore you can feel guilt free.
• People ‘collect’ shoes – so it’s an investment for the future or something to show off right now!

The red shoes!

The red shoes!

With all of this in mind, why not take a look at all of the funky new shoes we have recently brought into stock? There are styles here to suit everyone: men, women and children … but especially women. Shoes are a fabulous item to sell to customers, so consider stocking them in your eBay shop now. Available here.

One tip: if you are listing on eBay, make sure you go into loving detail about colour, texture, heel height etc. Make your women customers feel as though they are really there and try and convey the excitement of this particular style/colour etc.

Good sales? They’re a shoe in 😉

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