Sandals: fashion footwear through history and outfits

For centuries, sandals have always been present in the daily life of successive generations. From ancient times to our present time, these shoes reflect every civilization, social status, style and even season. Focus on the history of these types of accessories as well as the outfits to adopt depending on the model chosen.

Sandals: the oldest shoes in the world

The design of the first models of sandals dates back more than 10,000 years. Research has uncovered the oldest sandals in a cave in Oregon (in the Fort Rock Cave). Since then, various more modern versions have been born. There are in particular:

  • Roman caligae : laced sandals with leather straps
  • Japanese geta : with a wooden structure and fabric straps
  • Tabis : these are Japanese socks from the old days
  • The paduka : sandals made up of wooden soles and metal heels

In 10,000 years of existence, these shoes have evolved. Many materials are used and multitudes of shapes have been designed.

Sandals: shoes of distinction

The concept of sandals is to protect the feet from the heat of the ground while letting them breathe. The first sandals were therefore made to be practical and for a specific use.

Over the centuries, sandals have become symbols of fashion, prosperity and elegance.

Sandals in Ancient Egypt

Among the Egyptians, sandals were intended primarily for members of the royal family and high-ranking people. It was forbidden for slaves to wear them. Priests, on the other hand, could only wear sandals made of plant fibers.

Note that the most beautiful pairs of Egyptian sandals are the offerings in the tombs. These shoes are made entirely of gold.

Sandals in Greek Mythology

In ancient Greece as with famous Greek heroes, a single sandal was usually worn. Wearing a sandal was a sign of religious devotion. The right foot is generally the shoed foot, because the latter is linked to life and to the celestial deities. This unique shoe was beautifully decorated with beads and buckles.

It can therefore be concluded that sandals are the origin of shoes that reflect value, class and prestige. It is in this perspective that Chamberlan creates sandals that allow you to embody elegance in all circumstances.

Sandals nowadays: between practicality and elegance

Heeled sandals

There are countless models of heeled sandals including mules and wedge sandals. These heeled shoes are suitable for going to work, for attending a party or attending an event. The different models can reveal the toes and/or the heels. In any case, you can find a pair that can meet your requirements.

The flat sandals

These are the most popular shoes during the summer. Comfortable and light, these are sandals that are suitable for summer dresses and beach outfits. You can opt for strappy models. These are similar to traditional Greek sandals.

Choose your sandals according to your morphology

Although sandals are suitable for all women, it is advisable to always refer to her morphology before choosing a pair of shoes.

If you are tall

For slender women, finding the right pair of sandals is not complicated. Indeed, all forms of sandals can suit them. But you can favor models with square heels like the Beaubourg collection from Chamberlan. This collection uses vinyl and plexus to enhance your feet.

All you have to do is perfect your look with a retro style by adopting a denim skirt or dress.

If you are voluptuous

For women with generous shapes, you can choose your pair of sandals without any difficulty. You basically have to think about having the right proportions. For this, you can opt for sandals from the Alesia collection. Materials that reflect elegance are used: snake print and calfskin. You can accompany your outfit with fluid 7/8 pants to show off your shoes.

If you are small or thin

Finding shoes that fit this profile is also quite easy. For example, you can choose heeled sandals with straps around the ankle. This model will shape your silhouette. For a touch of elegance, opt for an 8.8 cm heel. At Chamberlan, the Cabourg collection is highly recommended. You have several choices of material depending on your preferences:

  • Velvet
  • Gold metallic leather
  • Silver metallic leather

Perfect your look

To complete your summer look, you can opt for a brightly colored summer dress, a fluid jumpsuit or even jeans and a blouse.

Sandals are therefore originally shoes intended for a rather privileged circle of community. But over the generations, they have become the quintessential summer shoes while maintaining elegance.

For your next purchases of sandals, do not hesitate to place your order at Maison Chamberlan. An application to take your measurements at home has been set up to avoid any travel. In addition, the quality of Chamberlan shoes defies all competition. So what are you waiting for?