Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Putting your foot into it?

On the side-line, I am researching the things people put their feet into and the motivations for the design of these artefacts. Some of these items cannot be called "shoes".

I photographed sandals of Egyptian mummies and tried on a pair of Japanese getas and stood in amazement in front of footwear displays in museums. Pondering on how the designers came up with these designs.

Chinese bound feet shoes (1850)
Italian chopin (1580)
Leather wood and metal pattens (1720-30) England

Antique Nordic wooden shoes


While the oldest surviving shoes are only about 10 000 years old, archaeologists have found that humans were probably wearing shoes even earlier as 40 000 years ago. When people began to wear shoes, their toe-bones began to shrink; which proves that fashion alters physical bodies.

"Bone, at least to a certain extent, responds during a person's lifetime to the mechanical stresses placed on it," said Tim Weaver, a University of California, Davis, anthropologist. "If you work out at the gym, not only will your muscles get bigger, your bones will become thicker."

My research agree with that finding and even add to that; certain shoes changea person's attitude. My whole body respond with a deep-thankfulness when, after a day on heels, I slip my feet into a pair of furries.