Thursday, June 10, 2010

5,500 Year Old Shoe

Archaeologists have recovered a leather shoe dating to around 3500 BC from a cave in Armenia. This is not the oldest shoe ever found, but it is the oldest made of leather. And it was a very long-lived design:
Interestingly, the Armenian shoe is very similar to the “pampooties” worn in the Aran Islands on Ireland’s west coast up to the 1950s, said Pinhasi. “In fact, enormous similarities exist between the manufacturing technique and style of the [Armenian] shoe and those found across Europe at later periods, suggesting that this type of shoe was worn for thousands of years across a large and environmentally diverse region.”

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