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FACTS ABOUT SHOES THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!

Heels, wedges, flats, sandals, moccasins, loafers, boat shoes or boots – we love ‘em all! Whether you have enough shoes for a mini army, or you are more likely to rock a pair of all-purpose flip flops, here are a few facts that will knock your socks off. Be warned, the following content may cause readers to go shopping.

1. Dreaming of shoes has a hidden meaning

Have you ever had a dream where you are surrounded by multiple pairs of shoes? Or walking barefoot? Scientists say that shoes represent your approach to life, and when you dream of shoes, it is often an indicator of your deepest thoughts, feelings and desires. Wearing shoes in your dreams means you are grounded, but forgetting your shoes means letting go of your fears or inhibitions. Changing your shoes is symbolic to an inner change, usually for the better! Whereas, old worn out shoes means you have been working hard.

So the next time you dream of a gorgeous pair of shoes, it does not warrant a shopping spree. But, does it hurt to mention that we just launched our latest range of Kethini footwear?

2.The invention of the wedge

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of all inventions, and it was no different for Salvatore Ferragamo, the inventor of the wedge. He was designing shoes at a time when there was shortage of steel, and therefore looked at replacing it with alternative materials. That is how wedges – the quintessential summer shoe was born, and since then there has been no looking back!

3.Where it all began

The history of the shoe dates back to over 4,000 years when it consisted of only a single piece of rawhide to protect the sole from the heat. From there, we have come a long way in the evolution of sandals that were first created to protect the wearer from the heat, but still leaving it open so the feet don’t get too hot! Also, heels first originated from the Middle East to help lift feet from the burning sand. So the next time you slip into your favourite pair of footwear, appreciate the lineage they come from!

4. A tale as old as time

If you have ever wondered why they tie shoes at the back of a car during the wedding ceremony, we have the answer. (Well us and the internet.) During the Middle Ages there was a shoe ceremony where the bride is given a shoe by the groom, which she must put on. This symbolizes his authority over her, and the transfer of this right from her father to the groom. Today, the shoes are tied to the bumper of the groom’s car as a reminder of this tradition.

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