When were boots and shoes fitted for left and right feet?

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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Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.