Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Shoes: It's a world record

It’s a record The Bata Shoe Organizationwas founded in Zlin, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), in 1894, and has 4,458 company-run stores worldwide, as well as more than 100,000 independent retailers and franchisees.

Vans is the ninth largest footwear manufacturer in the USA and according to Sporting Goods Intelligence leads the market in alternative footwear. The company, which is known mainly for its skateboarding shoes, had sales of $205.1 million in 1999. Vans' distribution network reaches 90 countries, and Vans itself operates about 130 stores in the USA and Europe.

Ingrown nail may seem amusing to some but believe me it can be excruciatingly painful and incapacitating just ask the sporting superstars like Sammy Sosa & Tom Gordon , US baseball players who have both had their troubles with ingrown nails. When the nails are painful the press rarely shows sympathy with copy that belittles the ailment and condemns the player as a weaklings.

Mysterious foot ailments are not much better. When a few seasons back Shaquille O'Neal missed significant time this with his arthritic big toe that required surgery he got little or no support form certain quarters of the press.

In 1991, the combined length of Californian Louise Hollis' 10 toenails was 2 m 21 cm (87 in). Each nail was approximately 15.25 cm (6 in) long. She started growing her toenails after leaving them long to make her feet look pretty in sandals for the summer. The mother of 12 and grandmother of 21, Louise just could not bear to file them down. She enjoys the attention the nails bring her while out and about in her hometown of Compton, California. She spends two days a week maintaining the nails, with the whole family lending a hand to help paint and file her collection. She is single after a frustrated husband gave her the ultimatum, "It's me or the nails!" Her reply, "I've had you for 21 years but the nails are new."

Matthew McGrory (USA) wore shoes size 29½ US (UK size 29, European size 63) which earned him a place in the record books. Matthew began his acting career with his first film The Dead Hate the Living! (USA 2000) and he eventually became the world’s tallest actor, starring in Tim Burton's Big Fish. His claim to fame as having the largest feet was an expensive title, with a pair of shoes costing the gentle giant who measured 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in) tall and weighed 280 kg (617 lb) up to $22,745.

The most expensive commissioned shoes belonged to Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire for his self-coronation on December 4, 1977. He commissioned pearl-studded shoes from the House of Berluti, Paris, France, costing a record US$85,000. The most expensive retailed shoes were made by Manolo Blahnik . He had six pairs of gold shoes with 18-karat-covered heels and front bands for Antonio Berardi's 1999 spring/summer catwalk show. The pairs, priced from US$9,944 depending on size, were protected by bodyguards during the show.

The most shoes shined by four people in eight hours is 14,975. This was achieved by four members of the London Church of Christ at Leicester Square, London, UK, on June 15, 1996. The team was sponsored and raised funds to support churches in India which help schools, housing projects and health clinics.

The largest shoe is a super size-753 brogue made by Filippino shoemaker Marikina Colosan. The shoe needed over 244 m (800 ft) of leather (from about 30 cows), 50 buckets of glue, 1 km (0.6 miles) of thread and 200,00 stitches to complete the world’s largest pair of shoes. The fab footwear is the equivalent of 250 normal shoes, and can fit at least 30 people inside.

The largest cowboy boot are almost as tall as their designer Nevena Christi. They are a size 328-D by conventional measurement.

The most participants to finish a Wellington boot race is 981. The race was held at Waimea College, Nelson, New Zealand on September 3, 2003.

And finally Alan “Nasty” Nash has won more Toe Wrestling World Championships than anyone else and has the honour of being knighted by His Majesty King Leo 1st of Redonda in the West Indies. The sport of toe wrestling began in 1976, when regulars at Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Wetton, England, invented a game that the British could win. By creating a new sport that no-one else knew about, the inventors of the sport hoped to guarantee their own victories. Competitors, without footwear, of course lock toes, and on the command "Toes away!" must attempt to "toe down" their opponent, the toe equivalent of arm wrestling.

Guinness World Records

No comments: