Shoe Quiz: Can you think on your feet?

Take this shoe quiz and find out if you know what you need to about footwear. Go ahead, check out your shoe quotient.

  1. Who introduced the stiletto heel in 1951 which was to become very popular in later years?
    1. Charles Jourdan
    2. Coco Chanel
    3. Christian Dior

  2. Approximately what percentage of all the bones in the human body are found in the foot?
    1. 1/16
    2. 1/8
    3. 1/4

  3. In the early 19th century, long distance walking became a popular pastime, this was called:
    1. Pedestrianism
    2. Walkabouts
    3. Footings

  4. When was the first sneaker called "Keds" developed?
    1. 1960
    2. 1917
    3. 1989

  5. The most ever paid for a pair of used shoes was:
    1. Princess Diana's wedding shoes
    2. John Travolta's in "Saturday Night Fever"
    3. Judy Garland's ruby slippers in "The Wizard of Oz"

  6. Which fictitious secret agent had a telephone built into his shoe:
    1. James Bond
    2. John Steed
    3. Maxwell Smart

  7. Where will you find the boots worn by Neil Armstrong for his famous first walk on the moon in 1969 where he uttered the famous words "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind?
    1. The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
    2. In Neil Armstrong's personal possession
    3. In space

  8. Where was the first national Shoe Shining Company set up?
    1. England
    2. France
    3. America

  9. How many pairs of shoes are worn for every performance of the world-renowned play 'Nutcracker'?
    1. 60
    2. 100
    3. 49

  10. In a famous nursery rhyme, who sailed off in a wooden shoe:
    1. The Owl and the Pussycat
    2. Wynken, Blynken and Nod
    3. The fork and the spoon

  1. 1. Charles Jourdan
  2. 1. 1/4
  3. 1. Pedestrianism
    Famous avid walkers of this period include Sir Walter Scott, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jean Jacques Rosseau. They popularized walking which they all claimed was good for health.
  4. 1. 1917
    US Rubber developed the first sneaker, called "Keds" in 1917. The word "sneaker" was coined quite literally because the rubber sole made the shoe stealthy. Unlike all other shoes that made noise while you walked.
  5. 1. Judy Garland's ruby slippers in "The Wizard of Oz"
    Of the 8 pairs of ruby slippers made for Judy garland in "The Wizard of Oz", the last pair at auction sold for US$665,000 in 2000
  6. 1. Maxwell Smart
  7. 1. In Space
    Neil Armstrong's shoes were jettisoned before returning to earth in case of contamination.
  8. 1. America
    The national Shoe Shining Machine Company was set up by Mr. Schenkenberg in Milwaukee to produce nickel-operated shoe shining machines. However, it was not successful because the machine would reportedly grab the cuff of your pants and pull your foot into the mechanism.
  9. 1. 49
    49 pairs of shoes are worn for every performance which adds up to more than 1000 pinte shoes worn during the entire run. If all the pointe shoes used were placed from heel to toe, they would reach from the ground up to the toe of one of the tallest office buildings.
  10. 1. Wynken, Blynken and Nod
    In the poem by Eugene Field, 1850-1895, it is "Wynken, Blynken and Nod on night
    Sailed off in a wooden shoe
    Sailed on a river of crystal light
    Into a sea of dew.

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5 - 6 : Good
0 - 4 : Fair

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