I'm an unlikely person to be posting anything to do with shoes. I'm one of those rare souls who buys comfortable shoes over style. I'm also the owner of maybe five pairs of shoes/boots/sandals. But as an artist, I have a great appreciation for the art in shoes. I also love the history of nearly anything, so this website caught my eye.
Kristine Byrnes, Graphic Designer & Shoe Enthusiast created this website about the history of shoes. It's fun, informative, and worth browsing!
The rise of high-heeled shoes during the Middle Ages was associated with power. It was seen as the desire to look larger than life. The barefoot became known as a symbol of poverty. Bare feet were also seen as a sign of humility and respect. Many religions worship or mourn barefoot, or remove their shoes as a sign of respect towards someone of higher standing.
Under The Funky Shoe Gallery I came across a picture of a photograph titled:
STINE HEILMANN 1996
The perfect way to combine
the love of gardening with footwear.
I googled more about Stine Heilman and discovered more garden shoes. I put made this collage to showcase them. Stine's website is another fun one to browse through.
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