Only 7 Shoes?
Interestingly, as pointed out by Podiatrist and shoe history expert Dr. William Rossi decades ago, “All footwear fashion stems from only seven basic shoe styles: the pump, boot, oxford, sandal, clog, mule and moccasin.” In fact, there has not been a new shoe type invented in about 400 years!
For a fascinating and fun look back at the true history of the only seven shoe styles ever made, read the article “All Shoe Fashions From 7 Basic Styles“ by William A. Rossi, DPM. This article was originally published in “The Selling Floor” in September of 1998 and is part of the William Rossi Archive Collection at Stonehill College. Dr. Rossi was one of America’s top podiatrists and shoe experts for decades who truly understood the function of feet and how they interact with shoe dynamics.