If you’ve ever learned about the high heels that Louis XIV donned in the halls of Versailles or how the iconic red sole of Christian Louboutin’s shoes came to be, then you already know that shoes have a long, vast (and surprising) history. To show you just what we mean, we rounded up some of the most interesting facts about shoes that were simply too good not to share.
From what it means when you dream about a stylish set of pumps (and really, who doesn't?) and the cost of the most expensive shoes ever sold to the origin of wedges and shoe sizes, this particular fashion category comes with tons of fun facts worth keeping in your back pocket. Whether they come up at your next trivia night or you’re looking for a unique conversation starter, you won’t regret having these top of mind.
Scroll down to see 12 intriguing facts about shoes below, and then, while you’re at it, shop for your next favorite pair, too.
In the early 1300s, Britain established the first means to measure shoe size. King Edward II declared barleycorn as the basis for shoe measurement. He ruled that the length of three barleycorns were equivalent to one inch, making this the standard for sizing.
According to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, shoemaker Joseph Sparkes-Hall created elastic-sided boots for the queen to slip on and off. The style evolved into what is known today as Chelsea boots. More than a century later, women still love the versatile style.