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Sandy Your Questions About Shoes For Women With Flat Feet

Sandy asks…

who invented the shoe?

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Shoe, foot covering, usually of leather, consisting of a sole and a portion above the sole called an upper. In prehistoric times skins or hides may have been tied around the foot for protection and warmth; studies of the foot bones of ancient humans suggest that some form of sturdy footwear was worn by human beings beginning between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago. The shoes found with the 5,300-year-old “Ice Man” in the Tyrolean Alps were made of skins and braided-bark netting and stuffed with straw and moss. The sandal, a very early form of the shoe, was worn in Egypt, Greece, and Rome; a more ancient example (c.8000 B.C.), woven from plant materials, was found in an Oregon cave. An early form of the boot was also known in Greece and Rome. The characteristic shoe of the Middle Ages was the soft, clinging moccasin, which extended to the ankle. It was highly decorated and was of velvet, cloth of gold, and, increasingly, of leather. By the 13th cent. The toe had become greatly elongated until a century later the point had to be held aloft by a chain attached to the knee. After 1377 wooden clogs, called poulaines or pattens, were introduced. A forerunner of the heeled shoe, they were fastened under the shoe (if not a part of the shoe itself) to protect it from mud or water. The chopine, an ornamental shoe with a very high sole, went to fantastic heights. After 1500, styles reversed themselves, and the width of the toe was exaggerated; two colors and slashing were often employed to complement the costume. The high heel came into fashion with Elizabeth’s reign in the late 16th cent. And was worn by both men and women; the shoe was colorfully decorated with rosettes, lace, and embroidery. France introduced (c.1600) the high-top boot which developed into the cavalier’s boot with its wide, floppy top. The late 17th cent. Saw the emergence of the square toe, high tongue, and buckles. Heels were lowered, becoming the French curved heel, until they disappeared (c.1780). With the new Empire styles, flat soft shoes with ribbon ties became the style for women, and military boots became the vogue for men. Guilds of shoemakers or cobelers existed in the Middle Ages; in the American colonies, the earliest known shoemaker was Thomas Beard, who arrived in Salem, Mass., in 1629. Early shoemakers worked at home, in small shops, or as itinerant workers who went to homes to make up the annual supply. Hand processes were used until c.1833; thereafter the rapid invention and development of machinery revolutionized the industry; today over 180 different kinds of machines are employed. As machinery became more specialized and the use of leather became primary, shoe styles and measurements became more refined and exact. From the high button shoe of the late 19th cent. To the low-cut pump of modern times (popular after 1920), the range of materials has increased, and styles are designed for every purpose and need.

Ruth Your Questions About Shoes For Women With Flat Feet

Ruth asks…

shoe stores for woman with large feet?

sure some male shoes are cool looking, considering I’m tom boyish style. but I like to have some decent female looking shoes? I have big feet for a girl unfortunately, to be exact… size 11′s or 10 1/2 , not sure but I am size 10 in guys…

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The Best Shoe Sites For Gals With Large Feet

[MY NOTE: When you go to this article, the website for each store can be found by clicking on the red store name.]

For most women, shoe shopping is an exciting experience. Shoes look good no matter what you just ate, and hey, you can never have too many pairs. But for women who have big feet, it can be somewhat of a nightmare.

Ladies with large feet have it tough. Most companies don’t go bigger than a size 10 (or 11, if you’re lucky), and those larger sizes sell out in a flash. So this means that shopping for winter boots has to happen in August and shopping for sandals takes place a bit earlier in January.

To help gals with big feet navigate the world of shoe shopping, we’ve rounded up the seven best sites that cater to larger sizes. Happy shopping!

Stuart Weitzman: Though Stuart Weitzman’s shoes can get pricey, they go up to a size 12 and run in narrow, medium and wide widths. They are also extremely comfortable and very well-made.

Nordstrom: This is probably the best online site for extended sizes. They carry a plethora of brands such as Loeffler Randall, Steve Madden and Jeffrey Campbell, and they go up to a size 14.

Piperlime: If you’re looking for fashion-forward shoe options, Piperlime is your best bet. They carry really trendy shoes like d’Orsay flats and sneaker wedges up to a size 12.

Zappos: The bad news is this site can be overwhelming as there are so many options, but the good news is there is something for everyone. And they even go up to a women’s size 20 which is almost unheard of.

Net-A-Porter: Hold onto your socks! The shoes on this site carry a hefty, hefty price tag. But if you’re craving Gucci booties or Lanvin flats in a size 42, this is one of the few spots where you’ll find them.

Dillard’s: Not only does Dillard’s offer affordable shoes, but they also go up to a size 12WW.

Long Tall Sally: Long Tall Sally gets it. The entire site is dedicated to tall women, and their shoe section carries the trusted and affordable brands you love, including Nine West and Sam Edelman, up to a size 13.

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