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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 15, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we always stress to our patients the importance of good quality, supportive and properly-fitting footwear. Many foot problems can be avoided if patients wear the right shoes for their feet. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can even offer advice on the best style of shoes to accommodate any issues you currently have with your feet. If you wish to have your feet evaluated, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

Just for fun, here are some facts about shoes and shoe sizes you may not have known:

  • The first system for measuring shoe size was established in the 1300’s in Britain.
  • Women’s shoes weren’t differentiated from men’s shoes until the 1700’s
  • It wasn’t until 1818 in Philadelphia that left and right shoes were made. Prior to that, shoes for both feet were the same.
  • The oldest preserved shoe is 5,500 years old. It was found in a cave in Armenia.
  • The only shoe museum in North America is located in Toronto. It features shoes spanning 4,500 years.
  • The first sneakers were made in America in 1916.
  • The record for the world’s largest shoe size is held by Matthew McGrory who wears a US size 28.5.
  • The first pair of boots were made for Queen Victoria in 1840.
  • Heels were originally added to Middle Eastern shoes to help get the foot off the burning sand.
  • During year one of a child’s life their feet grow to reach almost half their adult size.
  • By age 12, the foot is about 90% of its adult length.
  • Studies show that 9 out of 10 women are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet.
  • Your feet swell to their largest size at the end of the day—that’s why it’s the best time to go shoe shopping.
  • During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe, heels on shoes were always red.
  • The average foot has gone up 2 shoes sizes in the last 4 decades.

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