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The Invention and Innovations of the Shoe

STEM investigation of the origins and technology the shoe has given to our society.
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Julius Miller

on 24 September 2012

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Transcript of The Invention and Innovations of the Shoe

Origins of the Shoe (3,300 b.c. to 21st Century) The Shoe At first, archeologists found Otzi the Iceman's shoes to be a helpful result in less bone growth which led to thinner toes.

These designs were very simple.

These shoes where basically like a later moccasins. The material included bearskin bases, deerskin, and a bark string net. Shoes in Different Environments Based upon the region, the early engineers used the natural materials available at the time to create their shoe
For Example:
In Africa raw hide was used
In India they used wood
In China and Japan they used rice straw
The Shoe Purpose, Impact, and Innovations The purpose of this artifact is protection, use for special activities, and (of course) for style.

When it was used at Otzi's time and years later, it was a shoe for protection. Later in Greece, they were used for sprinters inn the early olympics. And finally Romans started to use them as part of their culture.

The shoe has a huge impact on our life. It says in the New Testament, that shoes show servitude. They are so much in our culture too. Nike and Adidas, Cinderella and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. No one really notices the impact they have on every day life. History
The earliest known shoemaker was Thomas Beard in Massachusetts.
The first shoes were found in Europe,


Technology There are many shoes that have protection for many things. They all have some difference. For example basketball has high ankle support and dance does not

All these different shoes were different engineers and different technology.
Engineering in Shoes Shoes In Time 1400's 18th to 19th Century Early 1900's
The shoes of this time resembled ballet slippers
Later on in that time period, the shoes became more wide and square
These shoes were slashed with puffs of fabric pulled trough the cuts.
This period brought tremendous advancements in science, exploration, and medicine which had a great impact on the style of shoes.
(Renaissance) This was a period of great transition politically and culturally.
The laced shoe had begun very popular. With the laces, came the very low cut, short vamp, and low heel.
These shoes were mostly black.
The american war for independence shifted the balance of power so that Europe had less influence in America, so shoes were widely different around the world.

After WWI, which caused rationing of all goods that would be used for military uses, factories were full and the stock market was rising which meant that people had more money to spend.
Therefor shoes became a leisure and became more of a fashion statement.
Men normally wore round and bulldog toes(dress shoes).
Women wore pointed toes and straps were added as shoes became lighter and finer 21st Century When the 21st century arrived it brought a wide variety of shoes such as athletic shoes to very stylish shoes.
Many people collect basketball shoes and women collect high heels and low tops. Shoes can show your personality and style. Technology has also made many innovations such as the Nike free runs which are very light. Engineers use technology to make shoes more suited and highly developed for a special cause. Science Technology Engineering Math protecting
the feet creating a object that goes and stays on the bottom of your foot designing a device with a rough protecting bottom, laces to keep the shoe on finding the length for each person and the weight. "These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it."
~ Charles Barkley
“Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy ground (Exodus 3:5).”
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