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I thought of this as I was putting on my slippers and trying to figure out which was which...why DO we have left and right shoes anyway?

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swestrup
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Uh, because we have left and right feet? And that's because we are both bipedal and bilaterally symmetric. We have a natural 'outside edge' and 'inside edge' to our feet that have evolved for their positions, and those positions are in mirror locations on each side of our bodies.

... if that made any sense.
americanstd
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think she was looking for "It's a conspiracy between the Illuminati and the Bildebergers who control the shoe manufacturing business to create a one-world footwear conglomerate.
swestrup
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Then I probably should also have mentioned the 'shoe-event horizon'.
zeonchar
Jan. 16th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Because they fit better? Besides, if they made a shoe to fit both feet it would have to be extra large.
lucy_indisguise
Jan. 16th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Have you ever put your shoes on the wrong feet?
la_azteca
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
from wiki.answers.com:

Seperate 'lasts' (a last is a model of the foot used to make a shoe around) for left and right feet were first introduced in 1818 but their use didn't become widespread until the 1850's; most boots worn by soldiers inthe American Civil War were still identical left and right.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
This is more the answer I was looking for. I know that we can have arch support if you have left and right footed shoes, but if I could alternate left and right shoes my shoes would wear more evenly.

It really doesn't make sense with slippers, which give no support and you have to sort out the left/right issue when all you want to do is have warm feet when you go out of the bedroom to pee.
electorprince
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I imagine the war on unnecessary bunions was a factor in the creation of left/right-footed shoes.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
See my response to La Azteca above.
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