The ancestor of the boot, wedge ankle or any other form was, of course, the shoes. But even before shoes, early humans, we are talking about very early, Stone Age days, people wore animal skins that were simply tied to the feet and legs using vines! This kind of footwear was most probably the precursors of the leather boots worn by the Mongolians and Persians. By the 12th century the crusades started happening and as a result, there was contact between occidental and oriental culture.
Contact with Western and Eastern cultures allowed for the popularity of pointed shoes in the West. These shoes were made of soft leather and velvet. Called crackows, these shoes were unusual by modern standards. The part where the toes were was unusually long. This part could go as long as 24 in. Another unusual thing about them is that they were worn chained to the knees.
In the 1700s, shoes evolved still more. High heels became a top fashion, especially in France. It was said that Louis XIV wore them to increase his height. This example proves that men, and not just women, wore high heels at that time. French involvement in such fashion is proven by the modern Louis heels, otherwise known as French heels. High heels, however, cost a lot during those times. The masses could not afford them, only the elite could, and they matched them to the dresses and hats of the time.
The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century also brought about a revolution in shoe styles. Boots and shoes of every kind were produced in bulk, thus more people could now afford them. At that time, men preferred ankle boots with elastic side and women had heeled shoes. It is evident that it was during that time that the sexes distinguished themselves from each other to the footwear they chose. It was also at that time that the sneaker ancestor, canvas-topped shoes, was introduced.
The wedge ankle shaped shoe or boot have been around since at least the1980’s, but they never really got wide social acceptance until around 2006.made popular by Balenciaga, who re- introduced the boots. But they tended to be a little pricey and then Sam Edelman copied the design and sold them at a much more reasonable price. The internet made them popular and they sold out almost instantaneously. Today they cost around 0 of their original price. In fact, they became and still are, so successful it was almost as if they never went out of fashion. In today’s society where there is a lot more emphasis on youth, so it’s not surprising that such footwear is all the rage with practically all ages. But deciding what type of style and budget takes a little research. They come with the toes opened in front and some of them look like regular high heels but with a wedge heel. Needless to say because of this design these boots are much more comfortable to walk in than high heels. You can say goodbye to the days when you walked you felt like you were going to fall over and needed special balance and training to walk.