Five interesting facts about sandals
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.