The world's oldest leather shoe, made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back, was found in a cave in Armenia in 2008 and is believed to date to 3,500 BCE.
This construction method, also known as "open lacing", contrasts with that of the Oxfords. Built like dress shoes, but with uppers covering the ankle, versions of the boots are used as an alternative to these in bad weather or rough outdoor situation, and as a traditional option for day time formalwear. Patent leather shoes: patent leather is a type of japanned leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish. Plimsoll shoe: a type of athletic shoe with a canvas upper and rubber sole, developed as beachwear in the 1830s by the Liverpool Rubber Company.Traditionally made of leather or rubber, modern boots are made from a variety of materials.Boots are worn both for their functionality protecting the foot and leg from water, snow, mud or hazards or providing additional ankle support for strenuous activities and for reasons of style and fashion.The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes." - Christian Louboutin. I was a working First Lady; I was always in canvas shoes.I did nurture the shoes industry of the Philippines, and so every time there was a shoe fair, I would receive a pair of shoes as a token of gratitude." - Imelda Marcos.
Contemporary footwear varies widely in style, complexity and cost.