A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Additionally fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear varies widely in style, complexity and cost. Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and simple strap. High fashion shoes may be made of very expensive materials in complex construction and sell for thousands of dollars a pair. Other shoes are for very specific purposes, such as boots specially designed for mountaineering or skiing.
Shoes have traditionally been made from leather, wood or canvas, but are increasingly made from rubber, plastics, and other petrochemical-derived materials.
The foot contains more bones than any other single part of the body. Though it has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in relation to vastly varied terrain and climate conditions, the foot is still vulnerable to environmental hazards such as sharp rocks and hot ground, against which shoes can protect.
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... See also List of shoe throwing incidents In many Arab cultures, it is considered an extreme insult to throw a shoe at someone ... This is because shoes are considered ritually unclean in the Muslim faith ... In 2008, Iraqi cameraman Muntadar al-Zaidi threw a shoe at United States President George W ...
... Tajammul Lodhi, a Karachi lawyer, on March 29, 2013, threw his shoe at Pervez Musharraf while he was leaving Sindh High Court after getting extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases ... Lodhi, later told in an interview that he had thrown the shoe as he hated Musharraf for trying to destroy democracy in the country ... It was the second incident when Musharraf was hit by a shoe, and this time shoe hit him on the nose, before it fell on the ground ...
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Famous quotes containing the word shoe:
“There was an old woman and she lived in a shoe,
She had so many children, she didnt know what to do.
She crummd em some porridge without any bread
And she borrowed a beetle, and she knocked em all on the head.
Then out went the old woman to bespeak em a coffin
And when she came back she found em all a-loffing.”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe (l. 16)
“For the shoe pinches, even though it fits perfectly.
Apples were made to be gathered, also the whole host of the worlds ailments and troubles.
There is no time like the present for giving in to this temptation.
Tomorrow youll weep what of it?”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)
“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee ones trundle-bed.”
—Eugene Field (18501895)