I usually post and lust after pretty shoes of early modern history … but we have been wearing shoes for thousands of years. As you can imagine, they looked rather different then:
For one thing, they’re far older than I expected – these were carbon-dated to around 7,300BCE. The Great Pyramids of Giza weren’t even a twinkle in a culture’s eye.
I’m not entirely sure they’d be comfortable, but I suppose woven bark is slightly more comfortable than bare feet! Or some heels, for that matter!
If you’d like to know more about them, read this research from the University of Oregon.