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What is the history behind shoe sizes? Also does the size mean the same in different countries?

Humans have worn shoes for a very long time. Humans started using foot coverings about 40,000 years ago, according to researchers. Older specimens had thicker, stronger toes, likely from gripping the ground as they walked barefoot. The first foot coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age peoples in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather.

History of shoe sizes – Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn- a third of an inch- would represent one full shoe size. That’s still true today.

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