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"A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk.

A SHOE is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function.

Additionally fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones.

Contemporary footwear varies widely in style, complexity and cost.

The earliest known shoes are sandals dating from about 8000 to 7000 BCE and found in Oregon, USA in 1938.

The world's oldest leather shoe, made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back, was found in a cave in Armenia in 2008 and is believed to date to 3,500 BCE.

Ötzi the Iceman's shoes, dating to 3,300 BCE, featured brown bearskin bases, deerskin side panels, and a bark-string net, which pulled tight around the foot.However, tanned leather, the material most commonly used for making shoes, does not normally last for thousands of years, so shoes were probably in use long before this.Physical anthropologist Erik Trinkaus believes he has found evidence that the use of shoes began in the period between about 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, based on the fact that the thickness of the bones of the toes (other than the big toe) decreased during this period, on the premise that wearing shoes resulted in less bone growth, resulting in shorter, thinner toes.The earliest designs were simple affairs, often mere "foot bags" of leather to protect the feet from rocks, debris, and cold.Since shoes use more leather than sandals, their use was more common in cold climates.By the Middle Ages, turn-shoes had been developed with toggled flaps or drawstrings to tighten the leather around the foot for a better fit.