- During the Ice Age people called Cro-Magnons wore simple leather boots. They lived during an ice age so protecting your feet from the cold was essential.
- In Egypt shoes were not necessary because of the hot climate. Most people went barefoot much of the time but they sometimes wore sandals made from papyrus. Egyptians that were well off wore leather sandals.
- The Assyrians ruled an empire in the Middle East between 900 BC and 612 BC. They equipped their soldiers with sturdy boots, which helped the soldiers on long marches.
- Roman soldiers wore tough boots called caligae while well off Romans wore a type of closed shoe called a calceus when they were outdoors. They were never worn indoors where they put on a kind of flip-flop called a solea. And the poor Roman slaves usually went barefoot.
- The Saxons and Vikings wore simple leather boots and shoes but in the 12th century rich people began to wear shoes with long pointed toes, however only the upper class wore them - ordinary people had shoes with round toes. Near the the end of the 15th century long toes went out of fashion and the wealthy began to wear shoes with square or round toes.
- In the early 17th century it was fashionable for men to wear boots. However in the 17th century both men and women wore shoes with heels and in the late 17th century some people began to wear shoes with buckles.
- In the early 19th century shoes were made with a right foot and a left foot instead of being interchangeable. Men very often wore boots in the 19th century and it became acceptable for women to wear them as well. In the early 19th century a new type of boot was named after the Duke of Wellington. At first they were made of leather but from the 1850s they were made of rubber.
- In the 19th century boots and shoes were mass-produced for the first time and they became much cheaper. However in the 19th century boots and shoes were still a luxury and some poor parents could not afford to buy them for their children. In many towns at the end of the 19th century a charity called the Boot Fund was founded to help provide boots and shoes for poor children. Nevertheless as late as the 1920s children played in the streets of British towns barefoot because they couldn't afford shoes or boots.
- In the 20th century came the famous Dr Martens boot, introduced in 1960.
- And then there was the song, These Boots Were Made For Walking.
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