History of the Shoe By fireman777 Jan 1, 1000 Beggining the first record of the shoe was dated back as far as 40000 years ago. Humans have been wearing shoes for a long time! Period: Jan 1, 1000 to Aug 24, 2011 History of the Shoe Feb 1, 1000 Oldest shoe ever found Oldest shoe ever found was a sandal that dated back to 8000 B.C Jan 1, 1100 Oldest leather shoe The oldest leather shoe was dug up in Armenia and dates back 5500 years ago!! Jan 1, 1330 Foot bags Around this time period designs were simple. Back then shoes more resemvled foot bags and were not meant for comfort. Although it is more comfortabl than walking barefoot. Jan 1, 1500 Turn shoes Around the middle ages yurn shoes were created with drawstrings attached to tighten for a better fit. Jan 1, 1550 midlle ages As Europe gained in wealth and power shoes became a status symbol. Which means if you had dingy shoes you were at the bottom of the social chart. Jan 1, 1600 Sewnsole Since the seventeenth century most shoes have used a sewn in sole. Jan 1, 1800 Straights Until about 1800 shoes had no difference between the left and right shoe. You could wear either shoe on either foot with the same discomfort! Mar 20, 1883 Mass production An african american names Jan Ernst Matzeliger got his patent for his invention that is the first machine to mass produce the shoe. Before this shoes were mad at home. Jan 1, 1900 20th century! Its only since the twentieth century that the advancements with rubber plastic and sythetic clothes have been applied to the shoe. Aug 25, 2011 Modern times!! Now a days we have shoes for almost every activity. Shoes have an amazing history and have came a long way from foot bags!!