Five interesting facts about sandals

August 28, 2018

Footwear with Greek roots

The English term sandal comes from the ancient Greek word “sandalon” meaning “wooden shoe.”

Shoes stand test of time

Sandals are the oldest form of footwear. The oldest pair still in existence was found in Fort Rock Cave, Ore. Radiocarbon dating shows these sandals are more than 10,000 years old.

A very expensive pair

The most expensive pair cost $18,000. Made by Chipkos, they were hand-painted by Los Angeles contemporary artist David Palmer and have an 18-carat gold logo on them.

Some made for space

NASA developed a unique pair of sandals called Force Shoe for a gravity study on weightlessness.

A marital ritual

In ancient Inca culture, when a man and a woman agreed to get married, they would hold hands and exchange sandals.

Source: initialsdd.com

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