I am researching into the reasoning behind humans having toes, and as part of that need to know when footwear was first used. By this I mean when did humans begin to transition from bare-foot to "shoes"? When I say shoes, this could be anything from wearing leather strapped to the foot or multiple leaves tied together. Sorry for the short question but I don't know what else need be said.

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    This probably happened so long ago that no remains of this footwear could survive, and strictly speaking the question does not belong to history. As I understand, history begins with writing. Everything else is pre-history, and is studied by other sciences. – Alex Mar 28 '15 at 18:23
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it deals with pre-history and a reasonable answer cannot be provided due to lack of records. – Rajib Mar 28 '15 at 19:05
  • You can start your research 5500 years ago or 10000 years for sandals – knut Mar 28 '15 at 19:21
  • @Rajib Sorry to hear that this isn't suited for the history site. I do, however, understand your perspective. – Salamander115 Mar 28 '15 at 21:58

From Introduction to History of Footwear:

Spanish cave drawings from more than 15,000 years ago show humans with animal skins or furs wrapped around their feet. The body of a well-preserved “ice-man” nearly 5,000 years old wears leather foot coverings stuffed with straw. Shoes, in some form or another, have been around for a very long time.

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