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What did people wear before shoes were invented?

Asked by talljasperman (19178 points ) August 31st, 2014

Including boots. What did people wear instead of shoes and boots?

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syz's avatar

Footwear made of hides and woven grasses go back pretty far. But barefoot is a perfectly acceptable way to live in the appropriate climes.

gailcalled's avatar

Calluses.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Barefoot. Unless I’m going into a store or it’s winter, I’m barefoot. My feet and legs hurt a lot less than when I’m wearing shoes. I think it’s probably because going barefoot requires me to actually walk properly.

KNOWITALL's avatar

HIdes or grasses.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Sandals, moccasins, etc. But footwear or some kind or another goes back tens of thousands of years. Humans are pretty inventive and have been making clothing for ourselves almost before we were doing anything else.

ucme's avatar

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Kardamom's avatar

Here is a site that talks about Early Shoe-like Footwear around the world.

ScottyMcGeester's avatar

(Everyone was a hobbit.)

It also depends on where. Sandals popped up in my mind but that was the Mediterranean/Middle East area. Specifically I’m thinking Ancient Rome. Also, if I’m not mistaken, what you wore depended on your class. If you weren’t royalty chances are you weren’t wearing much on your feet.

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