cowboy-boot-historyIn the early days of the West, cowboys faced rough, unpredictable conditions and extreme weather — from relentless snow to blistering heat as they rode across the country. This dangerous work demanded that they could move quickly, mounting and dismounting their horses at a moment’s notice. Staying comfortable, safe and alive in these conditions created the need for new type of boot, known today as the cowboy boot.

Boat ShoesThe boat shoe, also known as the deck shoe and top-sider, has followed the well-trodden path from being purely work/utility wear to becoming a truly classic piece of men’s footwear (and women’s, too). In 1980, with the publication of The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach the boat shoe began to be identified as an essential and integral part of the Preppy style.

ballet shoesBill Nye is one of the most popular scientists on the planet. He’s popped up in the news lately thanks to a series of public debates, but when he’s not dancing with the stars or posing with Jay-Z, Nye keeps himself busy by, oddly enough, inventing ballet slippers.

high heelsHigh heels have been worn by practically every woman in western civilization. Almost every woman stores and stocks several pairs in her closet. They may not be the most comfortable fashion statement, but women love them anyway.