Tracking Sandals History

Sandal is a simple form of foot protection. It can be made of leather, plastic, rope, straw, metal, or od tires. Sandals are suitable for use in hot, dry climates, and rocky areas. It is also used to protect the feet from poisonous insects, sharp stones, hot deserts, to cold snow. 

Sandals have been used for a long time. The Anasazi people, for example, an ancient tribe that inhabited the mainland of southwest America, 8,000 10,000 years ago are known to have used sandals. Made from Yucca plant fibers arranged into woven, these sandals are fastened to the feet with V-shaped straps. 

Sandals continue to evolve, from materials to models, and remain the choice in dress and activity.

Sumerian Sandals

Sandal makers in Sumer, around 6000 BC, began using animal skins to make sandals. 

Egyptian Sandals

Archaeologists have identified one of the oldest hieroglyphs from Egypt featuring a story about a sandal maker. These images, which are inscribed in a number of tombs, snow that King Menes who came to power in 3100 BC always carried a sandal maker with him wherever he went. Sandals are usually worn by nobles. Generally made of wood, goatskin, or fibers from papyrus or palm plants.


An ancient trade route, called the Silk Road, influenced the spread of the sandal archetype. Since 3000 BC, the Chappal area, India, is famous for making sandals which came to be known as Chappli. These sandals are made of cow, goat, or cow skin. The entry of Islam to India in the 11th century gave a change to the sandal model there, the sandal model became known. 


Ancient Greek theater actors, in 1000 - 700 BC, used to wear these sandals. The shape is made a few centimeters high, with the base made of soft like a layer of cork. Not only actors, Greek city prostitutes also wear them, made of leather that has been dyed a green or yellow solution. 

Your Majesty

Sandals from ancient Babylon around 600 BC are made of wood. Between the thumb and forefinger of the foot there is a barrier that is clamped so that the sandals are decorated with beautifully arranged stones. Nobles wore it to the baths or to visit the harems. 

In Persia, apart from being used by the nobles, sandals were also worn by soldiers and religious leaders. Special sandals for soldiers are usually still added with a protective metal such as brass. 


In the Roman era, 100 - 50 BC, the term "sandalium" denoted the sandal itself. Gladiator fighters used to wear sandals made of leather. In the era of the Roman empire, the issue of sandal color was still a status distinction. Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, chose sandals with red and purple colors - as did his son. While Poppaea, the wife of Emperor Nero, chose sandals made of gold, inlaid with precious stones. 


Sandals from Japan began to develop in the Heian era, 794 -1194. Made of wood, these sandals have a kind of two heels, called ha, 4-5 centimeters high. The function of this high heel is to prevent the kimono cloth, traditional Japanese clothing, from getting dirty when walking. Clog sandals like this geta became famous during the Edo era. 

Besides geta, there is also waraji. Waraji are woven straw or rope sandals. In feudal times, the 12th to 19th centuries, Japanese samurai and infantry troops (ashigaru) used to wear this type of sandal.


In the Spanish region, these sandals are known for being lightweight because they are made of woven straw and factory-made linen. The name Espadrille itself is taken from a plant, esparto, which is the main ingredient of these sandals, the esparto is first burned to get tenacious plant fibers. In the 13th century, these sandals were commonly worn by the infantry of the King of Aragon. Its development was limited to areas of southern France, Spain, and Portugal. Espadrille sandals made from used tires were popular in the 1930s, especially aong the bohemian in America.

Modern Sandals

Silent films produced by Hollywood in the early 20th century often featured epic stories based on the Bible, such as the film The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Actors and actresses use sandals made of leather. The producer of thousands of sandals for the film was Salvatore Ferragamo, an Italian immigrant who became a famous shoemaker. The design immediately became a fashion trend. 


After World War II, American soldiers returned to their country with zori (traditional Japanese flip-flops) as souvenirs. Had a trend, these sandals were abandoned because they were made of cheap rubber that made them scratch. But he didn't really sink. In 1957, Morris Yock, a businessman from New Zealand, patented his rubber sandal product under the name Jandal, taken from the words "Japan" and "Sandal".

The development of the plastic industry has contributed to the mass production of low-priced sandals. Japan pioneered it. Then in the 1950s, a new printing technique combining rubber and plastic was introduced in Taiwan. Until now, flip-flops are the most common.