1/4 of all the bones in the human body are in the feet.
Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
The first shoes were invented almost 5,000,000 years ago during the Ice Age.
The first foot coverings were animal skins, which Stone Age people in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather.
The ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot..
Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn – a third of an inch – would represent one full shoe size. That’s still true today. 1/3 inch = 8.5 mm.
The average pair of shoes lasts about 400 miles.
The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles (185,000 kms) over a lifetime. That’s enough to walk around the earth four times.
The average adult’s step (stride length) is approximately 2.5 feet long.
That means the average person will wear out 290 pairs of shoes in a lifetime!
The average woman buys seven pairs of shoes every year. That’s 434 pairs of shoes in a lifetime!
The best-selling shoe size in the US is an 8 ½ for women.
The best-selling shoe size in the US is a 10 ½ for men.
The average adult shoe size is up a full size from 30 years ago.
Matthew McGrory holds the record for the world’s largest feet. He wears US size 28 ½ shoes.