The discovery of “Areni 1” shoe
In 2008, representatives of the University of Ireland, a lecturer Grigor Areshyan from the University of California at Los Angeles with a team from the Armenian Institute of Archeology and Ethnography discovered the world’s oldest leather shoe in Areni 1 Cave, in the Armenian region of Vayots Dzor. Shoe was discovered by graduate student Diana Zardaryan.
The international team’s findings were published two years later in 2010 in Plos One magazine.
The 5500-year-old leather boot was filled with straw and thanks to the cool and dry conditions of the cave, was kept in perfect condition. Archaeologists added with humor that found a 6-year-old boot in which even the laces were preserved.
It took 18 months for the study of footwear in specialized laboratories of California and Oxford, after which they announced the oldest shoe in the world. Areni 1 shoe is kept in the Historical Museum of Armenia.
Popular designer Manolo Blahnik said: “Surprisingly, this shoe is so similar to modern shoes.”
The history of shoes
The history of shoes is as old as the history of human culture. The shape and use of shoes was different for all peoples. The need for shoes arose in primitive people. First of all, they were intended to protect the legs.
The first types of shoes were made of bear skin and were filled with straw for warming. This is evidenced by 5300-year-old shoes, found in the Ötztal Alps.
The history of Armenian shoes
Armenian shoes originated in the Bronze Age. Historically, until the beginning of the 20th century, people in Armenia wore slippers made from cloth, cotton, wool and leather. Each province had its own style of shoes, designed for men, women and children.
Over the years, shoe production has progressed, new and improved technologies and new skills for working with handmade shoes have appeared.
Armos fashion house shoes have a long history and are highly competitive in the fashion world due to their high quality and durability.