People have been wearing shoes for the last 26,000 years, so it should not come as such a surprise that we are excellent at making them. I ponder if 26,000 years ago they were classified as designer shoes?
Shoe makers make shoes for each event known to modern-day women and men from city walking shoes to specialist performance sports shoes. They make shoes for men, they make shoes for women, they make shoes for boys and girls, they usually even make shoes for babies.
The primary Guild of shoemakers was formed in 1272, it was called the Guild of Cordwainers, it received it is Royal charter in 1439.
Over the next 550 years shoes have changed dramatically. Where once shoes were made for a purpose today the majority are made for fashion.
The well-known fashion houses of Gucci, Christian Dior, Prada, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein all have exquisite shoe lines as do Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Dolce and Gabbana and these are only the tip of the iceberg, the list is endless.
The price of designer shoes can range from £100 to how much you’ll be able to afford, for example a pair of shoes from Prada can cost £300 to £600, a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti women’s shoes cost over £700.
Shoes today are an announcement of who the wearer is, what sort of person they need people to think they are. It is alleged that some people can write a book on a person they never met by the shoes they wear, right down to whether they’d make an excellent partner or not.