Foot is an important part of a human body, and vulnerable to be injured when walking or running on hot surfaces, cold, sharp rocks, wet slippery surfaces, debris, and other environmental and workplace objects. The footwear is the best protective tool for human feet from these hazards. But today, shoes have also become a fashion and style symbol, and people buy them for brand value and status symbols irrespective of their costs.
Footwear has been in use by human beings since thousands of years for protecting their foot and legs from natural, environmental, and man-made hazards. The shoes are designed in such a way that they not only protect feet, but also provide comfort to the wearer, and always made up in a pair for the left and right foot. The climatic conditions, varied terrain, cultures, and work types play a pivotal role in shaping and designing footwear. Now-a-days trendy footwears are also becoming more popular among the both rich and average people.
There are varieties of footgear made from different materials. The earlier sandals were mostly designed from woods, leaves or leathers, but the scenario is totally changed today due to the advancement in the technology and the lifestyles of the people. The materials such as foam, plastic, rexine, rubber, and other petrochemical-derived materials are regularly used for making them. Similarly, the sole and heels are also designed taking into consideration the comfort, prevalent styles, costs, fashion, and purpose for which they are to be used.
Now-a-days, we find different categories and sub-categories of footgear for different uses including Athletic shoes, Boots, Cowboy boots, Dress and Casuals, Men’s and women’s footwear, Dance shoes, Orthopaedic, and Non-human footwear, developed for domestic animals for their foot protection, comfort, and work efficiency. They also come in different sizes because human foot have different measurement, and require separate sizes.
Over a period, the necessity of the footwear turned into a style and fashion icon and also status symbol. The sandals and boots became the best friend for a woman, as valuable to them as diamonds. As the wealth and riches increased, the love for these products among the women also increased. The collection of more than a pair has become a thing of the past. Today, there are no shortage of rich and celebrities who own more than 100 pairs. The legendary love of Imelda Marcos for collecting a wide variety of sandals, boots, pumps and flats is known worldwide because her prized collection had 3000 pairs.
The rapidly expanding shoes market has many self-made brands from famous designers. These brands have also become highly popular among the women with high net worth and celebrities. They cannot resist buying the new pair of their favourite brand once it is designed and come to the market. The most famous luxury brands that captivate women include:
Jimmy Choo ranks No. 1 luxury shoe brand in the world and his designs are known for their artistry excellence. The brand was launched in mid-80s in London and soon became the favourite of many celebrities. The least expensive sandal of Jimi Choo is around $180, but on the higher range, the price may even cross $16,000.
Christian Louboutin shoes are products of French footwear designer and highly loved by the fashion oriented women worldwide. The high heels and a bright red sole has become the signature of the brand. The Louboutin brand includes boots, evening shoes, flats, pumps, and sandals. The buyers are also cautioned when buying Christian Louboutin because the brand has many counterfeits.
Manolo Blahnik has ruled the luxury shoe market since last 3 decades. It is self-named brand designed by the Spanish Fashion designer Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik Rodriguez. Manolo Blahnik footwear is known for its pure classical designs, and stiletto heels are mainstay of the brand even today.
Walter Steiger is a known brand for its unique design, styles, and curved heels. The brand has many clients from Hollywood celebrities including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce. The sale price of Walter Steiger shoe starts from $300 and up.
If you are truly a fan of shoes and do not lack money to buy expensive footwear, you can even buy them studded with diamonds, gold, and silver. Nikes have come out with sneakers priced at $50,000, studded with diamonds, and gold metal cast Nike logo. Nike offered a pair of expensive sneakers to hip-hop singer Antwan Patton (Big Boi) for free.