Have you ever wonder how painful it is to walk on stones and pebbles as an animal? Watching my dog run on gravel after his ball got me thinking. Maybe I should get him some dog shoes or something? After all, it has to hurt walking barefoot on gravel! While he didn’t have any cuts or bruises I might have to invest in a pair of dog shoes, much like this lot…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Shoes
10 – “I hate having to try on new church shoes, they are too tight!”
Fact: Most people do not wear the correct shoe size for their feet. According to David G Armstrong, professor of Surgery at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, three-quarters of people wear the wrong sized shoes.
9 – “Time to burn some pounds, let’s move human!”
Fact: People stick to the size they were measured for when young and fail to realise that their feet change shape. People also like to get the most out of their footwear and wear and re-wear them even if they no longer fit.
8 – “With this bad boy on I can tear up the ballpark!”
Fact: Going barefoot is best for your feet, joints and overall posture. A South African study in the podiatry journal The Foot, in 2007, studied 180 modern humans from three different population groups (Sotho, Zulu, and European) and compared them to 2,000-year-old skeletons.
7 – “What is it like outside, do I need a coat?!?”
Fact: Researchers concluded that people had healthier feet and posture before the invention of shoes. The Zulu, who often go barefoot, had the healthiest feet of the modern humans.
6 – “Do I look like I will be running anywhere?!? No, I didn’t think I did, now take them off!
Fact: Animals can be divided into “plantigrades” creatures that walk on the whole of their feet (like people, bears, baboons, alligators and frogs) and “digitigrade” – creatures that walk on their toes (like dogs, cats, birds and dinosaurs). A biped is something with two feet (from the Latin bis, “twice”, and pes, “foot”).
5 – “Welcome to Russia….in summertime!”
Fact: Butterflies taste with their feet, gannets incubate eggs under their webbed feet and elephants use their feet to hear, they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles.
4 – “How come a mother duck kept on pecking my bum on our walk to the pond today?!”
Fact: Although centipedes have been extensively studied for more than a century, not one has ever been found that has exactly a hundred feet. Some have more, some less.
3 – “Let go Joe, I need to get some beers in ready for later on!”
Fact: You can’t tell anything about a man from the size of his feet. In 2002, nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital and University College Hospital in London measured the foot size and “Man Bit” length of 104 men and found there was no link between the two.
2 – “I told you to get me some shoes from Shoe-King, not Burger King!!!”
Fact: The measuring device in shoe shops is called a Brannock Device, after the inventor who designed it in the Twenties. Mr Brannock worked for the company all his life and ensured the devices were built to last. The firm is still going strong.
1 – “Do these make my legs look fat?!?”
Fact: Shoe size in Britain is measured in barleycorns, a unit of measurement that stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times. Based on the length of a grain of barley, there are three barleycorns to an inch, so each shoe size adds a third of an inch in length to a shoe.