A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the
human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through
time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally
being tied to function. Additionally fashion has often dictated many design
elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary
footwear varies widely in style, complexity and cost.
Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and
simple strap. High fashion shoes may be made of very expensive
materials in complex construction and sell for thousands of dollars a pair.
Shoes have traditionally been made from leather, wood or canvas, but are increasingly made from rubber, plastics, and other