The making of shoes goes back to approximately 7000 – 8000 BC when the first sandals were created out of leather. An interesting discovery by multiple scientists who studied some of the oldest shoes to date, is the fact that people started having smaller feet after wearing shoes. But, that’s a different story to tell. Everyday shoes started being invented by almost every civilization, but there were only a few who created high fashion heels. Nick Adelman decided to illustrate these designs and infiltrate the entire culture of a nation inside the shoe. His images are lively and beautiful and give us an idea of what heels looked like centuries back.
Baroque art was always known for being ‘heavier’.
This shoe is a depiction of all the symbols that were ever used in the Celtic culture.
Darker and with more edges. This is what Gothic art is all about.
Bright colors and especially red and the sacred symbol of the dragon is what Adelman needed to describe the Chinese culture.
If you’ve ever visited an Islamic temple, you must notice the similarities between its decorative elements and this shoes decoration.
Inspired by ancient Greece’s characteristic vases, this shoe tells a big part of the country’s artistic history.
Based on figures from the Orthodox church, this shoe explaines the entire meaning of the Byzantine Empire, which ended right after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.
This one seems pretty calturarly accurate.
Nick Adelman is a painter, shoe designer and art teacher, which means that before doing anything he studies the historical events very closely so not to make any mistakes.