Footwear consists of garments worn on the feet, for protection against the environment, and adornment. Socks and other hosiery are worn between the feet and the footwear, except for sandals and flip flops (thongs). Footwear is sometimes associated with fetishism, particularly in some recent fashions in shoes and boots.

People who practice the profession of shoemaking are shoemakers, cobblers or cordwainers.

The oldest known footwear was discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the U.S. state of Oregon; radiocarbon dating of these sandals woven from sagebrush bark indicates an age of least 10,000 years.cite book | first = William G. | last = Robbins | title = Oregon: This Storied Land | publisher = Oregon Historical Society Press | date = 2005 | id = ISBN 0987595-286-0]

Footwear materials


Footwear components

*Air cushion
*Reinforcement tape
*Steel shank
*Toe puff

Types of footwear

**Chukka boots
**Combat boots
**Cowboy boots
**Go-go boots
**Hiking boots
**Kinky boots
**Motorcycle boots
**Platform boots
**Riding boots
**Derby boots
**Thigh-length boots
**Ugg boots
**Wellington boots
**Athletic shoes (also known as trainers or sneakers)
**Brothel creepers
**Diabetic shoes
**High heels; Stiletto heels
**Kitten heels
**Lace-up shoes
***Derby shoes
***Oxford shoes
**Loafers (also known as penny loafers)
**Mary Janes
**Platform shoes
**School shoes
**Skate shoes
**Tap shoes
**Flip flops (thongs)
*Indoor footwear
*Specific footwear
**Ballet shoes
**Climbing shoes
**Foot thong
**Football boots
**Safety footwear
**Ski boots
**Surgical shoe
**Pointe shoes
**Swimfins (flippers)
*Traditional footwear
**Trainer/Sneaker/Ankle socks
**Diabetic sock

ee also

* Shoes
* Shoe size


External links

* [ American Podiatric Medical Association]
* [ The history of footwear]
* [ ShoeGuide.Org - A footwear encyclopedia]
* [ Britannica: clothing and footwear industry]

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