The Story Behind Your Slip-ons – Fun Facts about Shoes

by Gizze LLC March 11, 2017

The Story Behind Your Slip-ons – Fun Facts about Shoes

Some see shoes as a way to express themselves, draw interest, and attract respect and admiration. Others are so caught up in their daily routine that they jump into their comfortable slip-ons and get going, praying to be able to do everything they have scheduled for the day.

Few take the time to remember that shoes, no matter whether they serve practical or aesthetic purposes, have a story of their own and their own share of facts and curiosities.

Did You Know?

  • Although shoes can be traced back to antiquity, shoe sizes were only established in 1324. It was England’s king, Edward II, who chose the diameter of 1 barleycorn (1/3 inch) as 1 full shoe size. His system is still in use!
  • The average shoe in the U.S is 1 full size larger than the average shoe size 3 decades ago.
  • 85% of people underestimate their shoe size by at least ½ size.
  • Foot size may increase by 1 ½ sizes or more throughout one’s adult life. With age, our feet flatten out, increasing in width and/or length.
  • Toenails grow three times slower than fingernails. A new toenail takes 5 to 6 months to grow.
  • The human foot contains approximately 250,000 sweat glands. However, odor is not caused by sweat. Synthetic socks and shoes trap bacteria and let them thrive, causing the odor everyone dreads.
  • Women walk on average 3 miles more in a day than men. Yet, men’s shoes are much more comfortable than women’s shoes.
  • Fashionable, healthy, and comfortable shoes are not necessarily distinct categories. A line of handmade shoes inspired by traditional Yemeni shoes shares all three characteristics and more.

All about Yemeni Handmade Slip-Ons

Starting from the traditional Yemeni shoes, a few skilled Turkish artisans developed their own line of handmade shoes, adopting the all-leather materials and manual stitching but improving aesthetics by adding new leather varieties and an impressive array of colors.

From the Streets of Gaziantep, Kilis, and Adiyaman to the Movie Set

If, in the beginning, Yemeni shoes were the traditional footwear for the men, women and children of Gaziantep, Kilis, and Adıyaman. As modernity conquered these cities, Chinese sneakers took the lead due to their lower price and interesting designs.

Only traditional folk artists continued to wear these shoes, until the world discovered their benefits. They gained most of their fame and interest when they became the chosen footwear for blockbuster movies, like Troy and Lord of the Rings.

Natural Shoes as an Effective Remedy against Heat and Foot Problems

According to statistics, the past six summers were the hottest in the past 120 years. For our feet, this means more sweat, and a long list of problems resulting from it: unpleasant odors, nail and skin fungus and infections, irritations, blisters, corns, and bunions.

In most shoe factories and workshops, the production process focuses on aesthetics, quality/price ratio, or a combination of the two. The Yemeni shoe production process focuses on foot health. Chemicals are not used, to avoid contaminating the leather and keep its natural properties. The leather is tanned, and its pores are intentionally left larger, to absorb and trap moisture.

Thus, the feet remain dry and they are able to breathe. The inside of Yemeni shoes is not as favorable as breeding ground for germs and bacteria as the inside of regular, mass-produced shoes. Without the rubber, plastic, and synthetic dyes found in sneakers and regular shoes, these shoes don’t attract and trap heat, but, on the contrary, disperse it, keeping the feel cool and comfortable.

Wearers describe these shoes as the over-the-counter version of prescription medical shoes. Although manufacturers never imply health benefits other than those deriving from the use of natural materials, the design of these shoes speaks to comfort and wearability. The fact that they’re also known as slip-ons says everything about how easy to put on, wear, and take off these shoes are.

How to Choose the Best Slip-on Shoes

There are three main styles of shoes, available in three types of leather, and a variety of colors. Since quality is guaranteed and the price is basically the same, it all comes down to matching the shoes with your outfit and the occasion.

  • Classic slip-ons – They are simple, comfortable, and stylish. You can wear them to work, when you go shopping, or on your leisure time, with elegant, casual, and informal outfits.
  • Laced slip-ons – They seem the best option for late spring, summer, and early autumn. Their laced design allows better air flow, and makes them a stylish option for skirts, dresses, and lively outfits.
  • Ribbed slip-ons – They are the sportiest of the bunch, with a stylish and energetic feel, perfect for jeans and adventurous spirits.

All these three designs come in three textures: classic leather, patent leather, and nubuck leather. If classic leather goes with anything and matches all occasions, patent leather tends to favor formal, elegant events and outfits. Imagine each of these designs and textures in a myriad of color options, and you’ll begin to understand just how stylish and comfortable Yemeni-inspired slip-ons are!

Get your own stylish slip-ons now, at incredible prices! Check out our collections and choose the pair that matches your taste, personality, and wardrobe!

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Shoe Sizing Guide


You’ve found your unique and stylish Gizze Handmade shoes, now it’s time to find the right fit. Gizze Handmade makes it easy! With half-sizes available in U.S. sizes, you can expect happier feet in these comfortable shoes. What’s even better? With a medium width (B-size) for women and a medium width (D-size) for men, you can be confident that you are getting a great fit.  

It’s best to order half size smaller than you normally wear in a casual footwear as shown in the size chart. For most, the fit will be slightly snug at first and could take about a few weeks to fully break in.