Guinness book of world records for shoewear

Guinness book of world records for shoewear

Largest Shoe Who: Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Stats: 18 ft 0.53 in (5.50 m) x 6 ft 11.07 in (2.11 m) and is 9 ft 6.17 in (2.90 m) high. The largest shoe is an exact replica of a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star equivalent of a UK size 845. A Converse Chuck Taylor All Star European size 39 was used as a model for the largest shoe.   The Most Expensive Shoe   Who: Jason of Beverly Hills, a California-based custom-jewelry retailer Stats: $2 million A pair of one-of-a-kind men’s smoking slippers were created, encrusted with more than 14,000 full-cut round white diamonds, individually set onto white gold and a Tom Ford sole. The total carat weight comes in at a whopping 340 carats.    Largest High-Heeled Shoe Who: Kenneth Cole and Jill Martin, USA Stats: 6-ft.-5-in. long, 6-ft.-1-in. tall On Nov. 10, the black-and-white ankle-strap shoe broke a record held since 1996. The lug-sole heel was a Kenneth Cole style built in super-size dimensions as part of a month-long project initiated by TV personality Jill Martin, in partnership with KCP and the Garden of Dreams Foundation in New York.    Highest Shoes Commercially Available Who: James Syiemiong, India Stats: 20-in. heel and 17-in. platform The shoemaker from Shillong, India, nabbed the honor on Feb. 1, 2004. The towering ankle boots were made for the now-defunct website Boldnbootiful.com. Syiemiong, who also broke a record for cracking the most number of joints in his body, told press at the time he wanted to travel to Italy to improve his techniques or open his own footwear institute.   Oldest Footwear (Dated Directly) What: Fort...
The history of sneakers

The history of sneakers

  Sneakers Go Back a Long Way In the late 18th century, people wore rubber soled shoes called plimsolls, but they were pretty crude—for one thing, there was no right foot or left foot. Around 1892, the U.S. Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber sneakers with canvas tops, called Keds. By 1917, these sneakers began to be mass produced. (They got the nickname sneakers because they were so quiet, a person wearing them could sneak up on someone.) That same year, Marquis Converse produced the first shoe made just for basketball, called Converse All-Stars. In 1923, an Indiana hoops star named Chuck Taylor endorsed the shoes, and they became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. These are the best-selling basketball shoes of all time.   Sneakers Go Global Sneakers went international in 1924. That’s when a German man named Adi Dassler created a sneaker that he named after himself: Adidas. This brand became the most popular athletic shoe in the world. Track star Jessie Owens wore Adidas when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Adi’s brother Rudi started up another famous sports shoe company: Puma. During the first half of the 20th century, sports shoes were worn mostly to play sports. But in the 1950s, kids began wearing them as fashion statements. Even more teens followed the fad after seeing James Dean in sneakers in the popular movie Rebel Without a Cause.   Innovation at a Price  Sales of sneakers really took off in 1984, when Michael Jordan signed a contract to wear a Nike shoe called Air Jordans—the most famous sneaker ever made. Even after...
Symbolism and superstition of shoes

Symbolism and superstition of shoes

In Biblical times a sandal was given as a sign of an oath. In the Middle Ages a father passed his authority over his daughter to her husband in a shoe ceremony. At the wedding, the groom handed the bride a shoe, which she put on to show she was then his subject. Today in the U.S. shoes are tied to the bumper of the bridal couple’s car. This is a reminder of the days when a father gave the groom one of his daughter’s shoes as a symbol of a changing caretaker. In Hungary the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding slipper. Shoe dreams deal with walking certain paths in our lives. If you are wearing tight Shoes, the road you are traveling is hard, and much sorrow is involved. Comfortable Shoes indicate you are in a good place in your life and success is around the corner. Buying Shoes indicates you still have quite a distance to travel until you reach your goals. Dirty, worn-down Shoes encourage us to examine our spiritual walk, or ask us to take a walk of faith. Superstition says that to dream of losing a shoe predicts an illness. This may originate from an old rural superstition from the UK that advises to burn a smelly old shoe in the home to avoid infection in the house. Dusty shoes indicate an unexpected journey and shinny shoes mean happiness in love. In the Western world, tossing old boots in the wake of departing ships was thought to insure a sailor’s safe return home. This tradition is carried out...
Shoes in fairy tales

Shoes in fairy tales

In the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales … “Cinderella” she lost her slipper. The little sister in “The Almond Tree” gets a pair of shoes from her dead brother. The shoemaker in “The Elves and the Shoemaker” worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. In their version of “Snow White” the queen is forced to dance in hot iron shoes until she dropped down dead. “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” wear out their shoes. The soldier’s helper in “Blue Light” takes the princess’ shoe, which serves as the messenger of the whereabouts of the Princess. The hero in “The King of the Golden Mountain” comes across three giants who have inherited three treasures from their father, one of which is a pair of boots that will instantly transport you anywhere you want to go. They ask him to decide who gets what, so he “examines” each of the treasures and the boots last, and takes off with all three.    In E.T.A Hoffman’s fairy tale … Clara in “The Nutcracker” defeats the mouse king by throwing her shoe at him.   In Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales… Inge, “The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf,” uses some bread to protect her precious shoes from water. The “Little Match Seller” has her shoes stolen by ragamuffins. Karen, in “The Red Shoes,” had a rough pair of red shoes before her adoption; then she has her adoptive mother buy her a pair...
The cost of shoes over time

The cost of shoes over time

Back in 1908 the average cost of a pair of children’s shoes was about $0.50.  Fifty cents!  By 2016 the average cost of a pair of children’s shoes is over $50.00.  Fifty dollars!  And children still out grow their shoes just as fast.   The image and information are courtesy of a Converse...
18 foot quotes

18 foot quotes

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” – Leonardo da Vinci “Better slip with foot than tongue.” – Benjamin Franklin “Toe: A part of the foot used to find furniture in the dark.” – Unknown “The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.” – Irish Proverb “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Chinese Proverbs “Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.” – Frederick Wilcox “Who you know will get your foot into the door. What you know will keep your foot out of your mouth.” – Unknown “Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up.” – David Weinbaum “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” – John Dryden “It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten foot jumps.” – American Proverb “He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.” – Joseph Joubert “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau “You can’t sweep people off their feet if you can’t be swept off your own.” – Clarence Day “Less than a foot made the difference between a hero and a bum.” – Grover Alexander “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.” – Marcel Proust “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the...