Humans started wearing shoes between 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. The oldest surviving shoe is about 5,500 years old and was found in Armenia in 2010. But the history and purpose of shoes is more interesting and important than just the fashion statement they have become.
Shoes are one of the most important inventions in human history. Shoes allowed men and women to explore new terrain and prevented injuries. Without shoes, humans could not venture out into the cold and/or rocky areas of the world limiting out ability to migrate. The Roman army's caligae is an excellent example of how shoes have changed humna history. Roman soliders were provided Army issued caligae. The design of the sandal seems flimsy and inappropriate for a solider, but the this is not true. The open-air design allowed improved ventatilion so that they could be worn all day. The shoe also had a custom fit and proper leather which reduced blisters and allowed safety on a long journey (soliders were known to march up to 25 miles each day). The Roman army also had other designs that allowed protection against the cold. Closed toe boots and wool socks were common in various regions of the Roman expansion.
But even in the Roman army fashion became a big part of shoes; in fact the emperor had to ban soliders from adiing decorations or changing the color of the leather. In today's world fashion many times comes before function. Shoes such as high heels can cause alterations of the normal weight bearing surface of the foot. This change can lead to long term damage to the soft-tissue and joints of the forefoot. The risk of damage can be reduce by the use of orthotics or padding. Also, some hoe designers such as Vionics have design shoes with a function first mentaility. That does not mean that fashion suffers; instead the shoes are made fashionable around a solid functioning shoe structure. Our offices are offical Vionic Medical Retalor. Our pedorthitist team can assess your proper fit and design to ensure that you have the proper shoe gear.
Athletes are also very vunerable to injuries due to improper shoe gear. Recently, Zion WIlliamson suffered from a major shoe failure but more common is runners that develop tendonitis or stress fractures due to the use of old shoes gear. Like tires, shoes should be changed on a regular basis and this is many times based on miles not months. Athletes must also ensure that they have the proper style of shoe. The pedorthotist team is also available to assess your sport and foot type to help you select the proper shoe gear and shoe inserts. We distribute many different manufacturers such as Brooks, New Balance, and Propet.
If you are interested in seeing our pedorthotist team, call 402.391.7575; appointments are needed. We have many items in stock but some items may need to be ordered and can take up to 4 weeks to arrive.