Shoes Evolution – The significance and influence of culture, artistic period and history époque period of evolution of shoes throughout time.

Relevant ideology in the past about used in different periods of history and cultures that marked characteristics of footwear. Also the artistic characteristics of each culture.

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In China it was consider that the ideal size of the feet of a woman was 7.62 centimeters. Those feet whose denominated: “SIN LIAN” traduce as GOLDEN LOTOS. This means that belonged to a certain status. Then again considering the motor disability represented, did this woman literally losing their freedom by limiting their ability to move.

In 1463 the King Edward of England proclaimed that the length of the tip of the shoe is limited: this should correspond to the social status and property of the carrier.

In the kingdom of Henry VIII went from being pointed shoes to be broad tip.

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A ceremony that was used in orthodox Jewish culture was to remove their shoes when occurred the death of a loved one, during the mourning which means a sense of poverty without your loved one.

Take your shoes also meant in Jewish Orthodox culture rid of commitments. Again the intention of obtaining freedom, closely related to human freedom feeling.

Greco Roman

In Rome the Greco Roman style of the shoes indicate mainly the social status of a person.

Middle Age

In the in the twelfth to the sixteenth century there is a change opposing the Greco-Roman tradition.


Renaissance emerged in Italy birthplace of Renaissance art in Florence. Characterized by a return to the Greco -Roman tradition. Were considered universal artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci.


In the Baroque era was given importance to the materials used in the design of the shoe as skin, or brocade. With high heels and very showy ornaments like bows, big buckles, embroidery, and precious stones.


During the kingdom of Louis XV took over again from ornamental Baroque style and decorated with more elegant shoes.


In the early twentieth century, men and women shoes boots like remarkable feature these boots were decorated with rhinestones and embroidered fabrics.

Cubism and Expressionism

In the XX century a new style was accepted most from the women. Who prefers comfortable and resistant more than the glamour can bring to them

In the twentieth century a new style was accepted by women. Who prefers comfortable and durable shoes than the glamour could produce.


After the First War World that creates a lot of movement as a way to rebel against the established, therefore in the 20s’, while the skirts were rising, shining feet in heels and sexy strip, with bows, ribbons and buckles.

Pop Art

The advance of technology of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s do that designers recreate with more liberty new materials. As rubber boots, plastic sandals and synthetic leather.


In the 70s the use of optical illusion made ​​into shoes with the use of different colors to create an illusion of movement. Is then used as the color red and gold platforms.

Trans vanguardism

In the 80’s and 90’s there was a rejection of any fashion, giving absolute freedom to the designer.

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Wood was used on Islamic countries in the century I.

Metal was used for the armor of the knights in the Middle Ages.

Silk was used on the East at the beginning of century XX.

Skin was characteristic of shoes with platform and heel of the 60’s.


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