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Mallory-Boot1_2048x2048“George Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in three expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. In 1924, in what would have been the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain, Mallory went missing about 800 ft. from the summit. His disappearance remained a mystery until 1999 when the remains of his body were discovered. Remnants of his wool and gabardine climbing suit and leather hiking boots were found perfectly preserved. Last year we set out to create an accurate reproduction of Mallory’s boots worn during his fateful climb.

With only a few photos of the boots in existence…” Read fult story here

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The heel was not a European invention, instead it originated in Western Asia centuries ago in relation to horseback riding and the invention of the stirrup. This pair of Persian riding shoes features shagreen-covered heels and is the type of footwear that may have inspired European men to wear heels.”Persian-Riding-Boot_black-1024x683

collection of the Bata Shoe Museum | Image credit: (c) Bata Shoe Museum


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