Published: September 2006
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Bata Shoe Museum
Get a hint of the history and cultural diversity of shoes, from Siberian reindeer-skin boots to Elton John's silver-and-red platforms.

University of Oregon
The university's Museum of Natural and Cultural History houses a collection of 10,000-year-old sagebrush bark sandals.

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
The museum exhibits a world-famous collection of shoes.

Concealed shoes
Read an article by noted shoe historian June Swann about the centuries-old practice of concealing shoes in buildings.


Ferragamo. Salvatore. Shoemaker of Dreams: The Autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo. Giunti, 1985.

O'Keefe, Linda. Shoes. Workman Press, 1996.

Rossi, William A. The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe. E. P. Dutton and Co., 1976.

Swann, June. Shoes. B. T. Batsford, 1982.

NGS Resources

Joseph, Patrick. "Sneakers!" National Geographic for Kids! (March 2002), 10-14.

Newman, Cathy. National Geographic Fashion. National Geographic Books, 2001.

Smith, McPaul. "Getting a Jump on Sneakers." National Geographic World (November 1994), 12-16.

"If The Shoe Fits, Match It!" National Geographic World (July 1993), 12-13.

"Stepping Out in Style." National Geographic World (August 1989), 16-19.