If you’ve ever learned about the high heels that Louis XIV donned in the halls of Versailles or how the iconic red sole of Christian Louboutin’s shoes came to be, then you already know that shoes have a long, vast (and surprising) history. To show you just what we mean, we rounded up some of the most interesting facts about shoes that were simply too good not to share.
From what it means when you dream about a stylish set of pumps (and really, who doesn't?) and the cost of the most expensive shoes ever sold to the origin of wedges and shoe sizes, this particular fashion category comes with tons of fun facts worth keeping in your back pocket. Whether they come up at your next trivia night or you’re looking for a unique conversation starter, you won’t regret having these top of mind.
Scroll down to see 12 intriguing facts about shoes below, and then, while you’re at it, shop for your next favorite pair, too.
1. Sneaking around and sneakers go hand in hand.
2. Shoe sizes began with barleycorn.
3. Men were the first to wear heels.
4. U.S. women own an average of 19 pairs of shoes.
5. The most expensive shoes ever sold for $660,000.
7. Through an experiment, wedge shoes were invented.
8. Your shoe addiction can be explained by science.
Yes, buying those heels is totally justified. According to Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D., editor of the book Footnotes: On Shoes, shoes are a collector's item, which means that buying a new pair stimulates a specific area in your brain's prefrontal cortex.
9. Shoe dreams can represent your approach to life.
10. The first women's boots were created for Queen Victoria in 1837.
11. Jimmy Choo constructed his first pair of shoes at age 11.
12. Carrie Bradshaw's infamous shoe collection is estimated to cost more than $40,000.