Q:

When were shoes first invented?

A:

Quick Answer

The oldest surviving shoes are about 10,000 years old, but anthropologists believe that humans may have begun wearing shoes around 40,000 years ago. This belief is based on evidence from human skeletons that show that people's toe bones began getting smaller around 40,000 years ago even though their leg bones were still thick and strong.

Know More
When were shoes first invented?
Credit: scott feldstein CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

To some extent, bone responds to the mechanical stresses placed on it during a person's lifetime. Strenuous exercise not only makes muscles become bigger, but it also makes bones become thicker. Human skeletons from before 40,000 years ago have thick toe bones, but from that point on, the human toe bone began to shrink. While not every archaeologist agrees that shoes were the cause of this shrinkage, most agree that shoe-wearing began between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago. This time was a period of many advances in human culture and technology. The types of tools used were becoming more sophisticated. Needles for making clothes and shoes began appearing around this time. As society advanced and the population boomed, a greater division of labor would have been possible, meaning that members of society could dedicate all of their time to a specialized job, such making better shoes or more ornate clothing.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who invented anesthesia?

    A:

    William Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic, but no one knows who actually invented anesthesia. After Morton's demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital, several people came forward claiming they had discovered anesthesia much earlier.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented hockey?

    A:

    Modern ice hockey rules were created by Canadian athlete, journalist and lawyer James George Aylwin Creighton. The first game of modern ice hockey was played in 1875 in Montreal, Canada. Ice hockey likely evolved from field hockey played in Northern Europe.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What was invented in 1974 ?

    A:

    Several products and procedures were invented in 1974. One example is the Post-It Note, which was created by American Arthur Fry. Since their invention, Post-It Notes have been sold in over 100 countries across the world and are still used over 40 years later.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented zero?

    A:

    Brahmagupta, a Hindu mathematician and astronomer, first used a dot underneath other numbers to represent the number zero in 628 A.D. He was the first to develop additive and subtractive operations that use zero.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore