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Fun Holiday – Put on Your Own Shoes Day

December 6 is Put On Your Own Shoes Day. It is a day to, well, put on your own shoes or if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, strap on your own sandals.

Kids putting on shoes.

Put on your own shoes today.

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Other than encouraging people to make sure they put on their own shoes while they step out of their homes, it is unclear what the unknown creator wanted to achieve with this obviously made-up holiday. Perhaps it was created by someone with young children as a way to prompt them to start learning how to wear and lace up their shoes.

Worn Since Antiquity

Shoes have been part of the human wardrobe since antiquity - the oldest preserved shoe in the world was found in Armenia and is believed to be at least 5000 years old. For most of history, shoes were basic and were used to protect the feet from the elements rather than for comfort and fashion. In fact, shoes made specifically for the left and the right feet were not invented until the 1800s. Today, shoes are a billion dollar industry around the world, with footwear being a major fashion item.

How to Celebrate

  • Put on your own shoes, of course.
  • If you have kids who are learning to put on their shoes, maybe today is the day to let them do it all by themselves.

Did You Know…

…that both men and women wore shoes with heels until the 18th century?

Put on Your Own Shoes Day Observances

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