At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know the importance of wearing good shoes for the health of your feet. To prevent injury and ensure good podiatric health, you should wear shoes that fit properly, are well-made and offer adequate arch support, have a cushioned footbed, a firm heel counter and sturdy sole with a non-slip tread.
Below are some fun facts about footwear that you may not know:
- The average shoe size in America has increased two sizes in the last four decades.
- The oldest shoe found dates back 5,500 years ago and was found in an Armenian cave.
- The U.S. Rubber Company created the first sneaker in America in 1916. They were originally called Keds.
- The most expensive shoes ever were Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, which sold for $660,000.
- 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
- The world record for largest foot belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears a US size 28 ½.
- There is only one shoe museum in North America. It is located in Toronto, Canada and features shoes over a 4,500-year period.
- In Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, all heels on shoes were colored red.
- The ancient Romans were the first to make shoes that fit left and a right foot. Before that, a shoe could be worn on either foot.
- It wasn’t until the 18th century in Europe that women’s shoes began to be different from men’s shoes.
If you have questions about the best shoes for your feet, particularly if you have a chronic foot or ankle problem you need to accommodate, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and ask one of our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. for recommendations.