Art Sandals Slip On

In modern times, communications, the internet, television and radio have meant that there is rarely anywhere to hide for anything other than a short time for the fugitive.

It was not always so, and even a murderer in the Wild West could escape capture if the artists impression and subsequent drawing on a Wanted Notice was inaccurate.

Another problem was finding a fugitive and the skills of scouts and trackers were much prized, by Marshalls and their possees and by the Cavalry in pursuit of the Red Indians.

It was often the Red Indians themselves whose skills were employed by the Law and the Cavalry, light on their feet, alert and used to the sounds of the open spaces.

Those skills involved an eagle eye to see where an escapee might have broken a small branch on a bush, or have trodden on some foliage.

The Red Indians footwear was moccasins, a form of slipper which remains as a popular and comfortable item in todays world. The moccasin was made of deerskin or buffalo, soft leather, and usually came in one piece of leather stitched at the top. They provided protection yet the wearer of the original forms of moccasin had a real feel for the earth below his feet.

That was sometimes not conducive to comfort, particularly in the desert areas of rock and cactus so a hard sole version developed while the soft sole version remained predominant in forest and meadowland.

The rocky outcrops in the West left no signs so the athletic Red Indian with years of experience tracking wild prey sought such areas to evade capture. He had many advantages over his pursuers, hence the recruitment of equally experienced trackers who realized the messages that feet could give them.

Trackers in other parts of the World wore sandals, as much to protect them from danger underfoot as anything. Bare feet can sometimes lead to trouble if standing on anything sharp, metallic, or even poisonous.

Art sandals are common throughout the Middle East for general wear. The tradition of leaving ones outdoor shoes at the door has meant in many Middle Easter homes spare sandals are available from the householder for guests to wear once inside the house. They are left for the next guest on departure.

The introduction of man made material has greatly increased the range of these sandals though the leather variety remains popular with leather workers skills still widespread throughout the whole region. BOLA TANGKAS