atm-logoWhen were boots and shoes fitted for left and right feet?

Larry Smith
Scottsdale, Arizona

Left- and right-footed shoes were introduced first by Ancient Romans and then, in the early 19th century, in Philadelphia. They didn’t become widespread until the 1850s. Prior to that, folks shaped boots and shoes to their feet by soaking them in water and then wearing until dry


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