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The centuries-old history of sandals began in the hot countries of the Ancient World: Egypt, Greece and Rome.
In ancient Egypt, sandals were a luxury, inaccessible to barefoot slaves. Feminist sentiments were clearly absent in those days - for a long time the wearing of shoes was forbidden to representatives of the weaker sex, and even the queens were no exception!
The lucky ones (of course, they were exclusively men), who could afford the cherished couple, purchased models from straw, papyrus or palm leaves with laces from the skin across and along the foot. During the life of the Egyptians do not often wear shoes, but it must be placed in the tomb of the deceased.
Only a few Egyptians, who had the means and high rank, had the right to wear sandals all the time, while manifesting their imagination, decorating them with bright stones and paintings. Pharaoh and approximate chose models from precious metals.
In the more liberal Ancient Greece, both men and women wore open shoes. The Greeks were quick-witted, and the first to decide to sew sandals on different patterns for the right and left feet.
The design ranged from practical and unpresentable to decorative with interlacing patterns and gilded straps. With a sense of taste, as with ingenuity, everything was fine in Greece.
The warlike Romans strictly divided the models for different classes: for plebeians, philosophers, honorary citizens and rulers. In ancient Rome also began to classify sandals for different occasions - from going to the tavern to reception in the Senate.
The design differed little from the Greek: unisex, cork sole and leather straps or laces. In special cases, the Romans preferred to show off in purple or scarlet sandals with pearls.
The soldiers wore Kaligi - semi-boots covering their lower legs. By a thick sole, ready to withstand 1000 km, sewn a piece of leather, cut out in stripes. A mesh was formed around the heel and the foot, and the belts often reached the very knees. Nails were attached to the sole, which left a mark on the ground indicating the legion.
This technique was also used by courtesans, whose shoes left the inscription "follow me". So open feet became a sign of bad taste for women, and later sandals completely lost the significance of status shoes in the Roman Empire.
Attitudes toward antique shoes changed over time: they were then recognized as vulgar and thrown out of the wardrobe, then returned to everyday life, following fashion trends. Even in the times of the Renaissance, open shoes with lace up to the knees briefly gained popularity, but soon lost the pedestal to shoes with stockings.
Talk about sandals did not start until the 1920s, until they appeared on the beaches of the French Riviera, drawing the attention of the fashion community.
The designer of the 30s, André Perugia, decided to add heels to him. He managed to transfer only beach shoes "from ship to ball". High-heeled sandals have since become part of the evening look of any self-respecting fashionista.
However, in terms of design, it was not easy to beat the brilliant Salvatore Ferragamo. His extravagant and bold models, created in the 30s - 50s, caused an unprecedented stir.
Kimo models with interchangeable satin socks and Vitrea made of soft golden leather, decorated with pearls, pink glass and topaz, glorified the designer, whose brand still does not descend from the tops of the fashionable Olympus.
Birkenstock undertook to continue the trend: in 1964 they released a comfortable and durable model with a cork sole. In the 70s, Birkenstocks captured the whole world, and in the 90s, we already admired the legendary Kate Moss in the brand’s campaign.
After the rebranding in the 2000s, celebrities did not disregard them: Jennifer Aniston, Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba were seen in convenient "Birkenstocks".
Recalling the brands that popularized shoes from antiquity, it is impossible not to mention Manolo Blahnik, whose universal models have become the object of desire of all the inhabitants of the megalopolises of the 90s.
Jimmy Choo and Kurt Geiger also offered comfortable and stylish shoes, and today we can’t imagine a fashionable world without sandals.
From year to year they become the main shoe of the summer season. We were lucky: to get an interesting designer pair is now much easier than the inhabitants of the ancient world at one time.
You can find open sandals in Alex Chang’s wardrobe, Anna Dello Russo, Gigi Hadid and other modern style icons that skillfully combine them with vintage dresses, jeans, cropped trousers or denim shorts.