The Swiss city of Basel invites you to the exhibition “History underfoot – 3000 years of shoes.”
More than 220 exhibits covering over 3000-year history of footwear. The oldest shoes on display were made in Egypt around 1000 BC
In addition to protecting a person from external factors, throughout the history of shoes was the spokesman of the social status of the person, the organizers of the event in a press release. For example, in ancient Egypt pharaohs were only allowed to wear sandals, embroidered with gold and silver. Anyway sandals may be worn only high officials and priests. Simple people usually went barefoot. In ancient Greece around 700 BC issued a decree regulating the use of precious stones sandals. In the Roman Empire, there were clear rules about who could wear the shoes are and how they can be decorated. In the Middle Ages the length of toe shoes showing the social status of its owner. During the reign of King Louis XIV only the king could wear shoes with red heels.
On the other hand voluntary renunciation of shoes meant always humble man and his repentance. In many cultures, there is a custom to remove shoes upon approaching the divine. Religious missions and pilgrimages often performed barefoot.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which offers the world’s largest collection of historical footwear. Visitors will be able to see how the day is done manually shoes, and try to make their own shoes.
Author: Anastasiia Trepyton