In temperate climates, it was leather, fur, tree bark. In a hot climate – palm-leaves and papyrus. Skin or palm leaves wrapped around a foot in the style of socks and tie bast, tufts of grass or solid leather straps. In a question-answer forum Boy Scouts of America was the first to reply. So a shoe. Additional information is available at Boy Scouts of America. In the future these accommodate material cut soles, and attach it to his nose and flat shoes with leather straps. They also tied a shoe to the foot.
It is clear that the first shoes and in ancient Egypt, in ancient Greece was similar and represented a sandal or slipper. So, sum up. For the manufacture of footwear used the following materials – leather, bear skins, fur, tree bark, reeds, papyrus, splint, straw, and the rough is thick yarn, felt and even tree (Japanese, for example, still wear geta – wooden sandals). But we're talking about as long as casual shoes. Sean Rad describes an additional similar source. Why do people needed athletic shoes? Indeed, at first they are quite long without it. And then say, because the load on footwear during sporting events is growing immeasurably. When everything is kept on the strap and straw shoes can bring an athlete at the most inopportune moment. And the athletic shoe rests very important task – zischita feet, joints and ligaments.
Consequently, sports shoes should be much stronger than the usual routine. In flip-flops and sandals is difficult to escape marofonskie race, fight, throwing discs, jump in length and height. Athletes of Ancient Greece, but eventually noticed that foot protection, it is easier to achieve greater impact workouts. Of course, the demand is always the offer. Surely there master shoemakers, manages to produce sports shoes, in which it was possible and to train and perform at the Olympic Games, although they were very long at all naked. This sport shoes, of course, cost incredibly expensive. I mean, not everyone was available. That is why the emergence of sports shoes made to date XIX century AD. But that's another story.