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The first and one of the most popular Greek and Roman shoe models were sandals. Unlike with the Egyptians, these sandals were long, went halfway up the knees and had many laces.

Everybody wore them in the same way but there were some regulations. In Greek, sandals could only be worn by free citizens who could easily be distinguished from slaves. The more laces the sandals had and the thinner the sole, the higher rank the soldier is. Ancient Greek and Roman sandals. Sandals were dominating shoes in Europe for a while. They were made according to cleric, military, elite and peasant styles.

In Celtic lands there were comfortable, slip-on weaved shoes, often made from wood. They quickly became footwear for peasants and the poor. Although the Middle Ages are considered the dark ages, it was during this time that a lot of new footwear trends and fashion appeared. The heel was discovered and was only worn by men at first. Also, pointed shoes, the first footwear structures and a primitive Goodyear structure appeared. At the beginning of the Middle Ages, espadrilles came to Central Europe from the Pyrenees and became very popular.

Northern and Central Europe produced leather boots that were turned inside out and sewn up with the shoe sole. It was a nearly seamless structure as the seams remained inside the shoe, thus protecting and strengthening the shoe, but this design could only be used with soft and flexible leather.

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A benefit of these shoes is that they could be worn during different times of the year by adding some hay or fur inside the shoe during the cold period. During the Gothic period, unusual footwear with long and pointed tips, called poulaines thrived. Sometimes, the tips of these shoes were as long as half a meter.

The length of the tip represented status. Some of these shoes were so long that they needed to be tied to the legs with special laces so that it would be possible to walk properly. This type of footwear was made from different materials, such as velvet, and it was decorated with fancy elements. Men were the first to wear shoes with heels.

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Although women also wore fancy shoes, they were hidden under long skirts. So men were the ones to dictate fashion, footwear fashion in particular. Earlier, fashion changed much slower and shoe trends and production started in countries in a good economic situation and with quickly developing art and aesthetics. For example, Spain and Italy played a great role in costume design in the 16th century. Shoes that were made in these countries later spread widely across Europe.

They had the fanciest decorations and patterns and were made using the newest and most fashionable materials of that time. During the Renaissance period, kings in Europe often wore shoes with very high heels in order to demonstrate their supremacy. Also, they could calmly walk straight through puddles as their heels were as high as 30 cm. These shoes were prototypes of modern platform shoes. During the Renaissance period, pointed shoes were swapped with footwear called duck-billed with wide, squared noses. Meanwhile, women began to wear platforms. It was during the revival of culture and aesthetics that the noble knights thrived.

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They were the first to start wearing ankle boots because they were comfortable for horseback riding and fighting. Baroque is one of the most controversial cultural periods characterized by complexity, pretentiousness, drama and an inclination to greatness. Men wore shoes with red heels in order to show their status. Strategia model and Baroque times shoes. In the 17th century, men began to wear boots with fancy socks coming from them. Footwear became more important to women, so Baroque shoes that used to be modest now had various embroidery and decorative elements.

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