World’s oldest leather shoe

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 · 5 Comments »
A really old shoe.  I mean really old.

A really old shoe. I mean really old.

Finally! Something in the news to post about. I swear, it’s just been so dull lately. Weeks and weeks with nothing. No big news in the world, no stories to report, no disasters, no stunning discoveries, no idiot pundits or politicians — just nothing. Weird, huh?

Anyway, the drought is over. We now have a report on a fascinating discovery at a Chalcolithic site in Armenia: the oldest known leather shoe. You can read the painfully cutesy article in the New York Times, replete with references to Prada, Jimmy Choo, Sarah Jessica Parker, yadeyadeyade — or you can read the actual paper published online at PLoS One.

A couple of points: it should go without saying that people were wearing shoes long, long before this particular artifact was created. As in thousands and thousands of years. Also, the identification of the shoe as belonging to a female is speculative, based on forensic charts of contemporary Turks.

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5 Responses to “World’s oldest leather shoe”

  1. monchichipox says:

    Who the hell gave them permission to scavenge around my closet? I hate throwing away shoes. Especially hiking boots. I guess everyone has some material thing they invest memories in. I always look at the old worn out shoes and think of the places I’ve been and things I’ve done wearing them.

    Stupid I know.

  2. slythwolf says:

    I just heard about this on an atheist message board. The article linked there had a bunch of comments on it about how clearly this must be Adam’s shoe because the world is only blah blee bloo thousand years old.

    And I was thinking, damn, I wish I could see a higher-res picture. I want to see how this thing was constructed. Looks like spiral lacing?

  3. Violet Socks says:

    slythwolf, go to the PLoS article. It includes high-res images of the shoe with a closeup on the lacing.

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