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World's Oldest Leather Shoe Found: Custom made, long-distance walker

How are your leather hikers holding up?

The world's oldest leather shoe, a 5,500-year-old moccasin-style shoe, recently was found in an Armenian cave. According to a June 9th National Geographic News article, the custom footwear (about size 7 women's U.S.) was made from a single piece of cowhide, laced with leather cord, and found stuffed with grass, possibly as insulation or for storage. The shoe was well preserved thanks to layers of sheep dung and cool, dry conditions in the cave.

According to the National Geographic article, this type of early, closed-toe footwear, an advance over open sandals, allowed individuals to withstand a broader range of temperatures and to walk further.

"These people were walking long distances. We have found obsidian in the cave, which came from at least 75 miles [120 kilometers] away," said Gregory Areshian, University of California archaeologist and study co-author.

5,500 years. Beat that for durability.

One question remains: How heavy?

via National Geographic News

(Photo: Gregory Areshian / nationalgeographic.com)

Comments

I saw that on yahoo news this moring. Looked as tho the shoe had grass stuffed inside for warmth and comfort. Like that guy wore they got from the ice years ago.

Well ill say this "they don't make anything like they use to" in this new disposable age lol

I wonder what kind of insoles he was using.

Those are from the beginning of the bronze age, maybe a little sooner.

That's cool, a pair of bronze age leather moccasins from Eurasia.

That's amazing! ...but where's the scale?

With the whole barefoot/minimalist craze that is going on right now I give it three months tops before someone makes a real hiking shoe based on this.

With the whole barefoot/minimalist craze that is going on right now I give it three months tops before someone makes a real hiking shoe based on this.

I wouldn't doubt you being right about that, or at least using the find as marketing leverage.

Just add superfeet. :)

L.L. Bean would still take it back if defective!

I have a pair almost as old!

 

My feetz has natural paddingz and catz hairz for insulation. Sometimes, I wish....

I bet the person who made or wore them would be amazed they lasted so long.

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