To protect the feet of prehistoric people used what nature offered them, and that is most consistent with climatic conditions. In temperate climates, it was leather, fur, bark. In a hot climate – palm leaves and papyrus. Skin or palm leaves wrapped around a foot in the manner footcloths and tied a bast, a strong beam of grass or leather straps. So a shoe. In the future these Materials adapt himself to cut the soles, and for them to attach the nose and flat shoes with leather straps. They also tied the shoe to the foot. It is clear that the first shoes and in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece was similar and represented a sandal or slipper.
Thus, we summarize. For the manufacture of footwear used the following materials – leather, bear skins, fur, bark, reeds, papyrus, bark, straw, and rough is thick yarn, felt and even a tree (Japanese, for example, still wear geta – wooden sandals). But we're talking about yet casual shoes. Why do people needed athletic shoes? Indeed, at first they were pretty long without it. And then say, because the load on shoes during sports increases immeasurably. When everything is kept on the strap and straw shoes can bring an athlete at the most inopportune moment. And on the sports footwear lies a very important task – zischita feet, joints and ligaments. Consequently, sports shoes should be much stronger than the usual daily.
In slippers and sandals, it is difficult to run on marofonskie race, fight, throwing discs, jump in length and height. Athletes of Ancient Greece, but eventually noticed that protect the feet, it is easier to achieve greater impact workouts. Of course, the demand is always a proposition. Surely there master shoemakers, manages to produce sports shoes, in which it was possible and to train and perform at the Olympics, although they were very long at all naked. This athletic shoes, by itself, was worth incredibly expensive. I mean, not everyone was available. That is why the emergence of sports shoes made to date the xix century ad. But that's another story.