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What are Earth Shoes? They were the first shoes to be marketed with a "negative heel", meaning their heels were actually lower than their toes. This was said to mimic the effect of walking in sand and to make for orthopaedically superior posture. The Earth Shoe was developed in the late 50’s by Anne Kalso, a yoga instructor in Copenhagen. In appearance, Earth Shoes pioneered the flanged, boxy look that epitomized much 70s design and can be seen in such later icons of the decade as the Volkswagen van and funny brownies. At the height of their popularity, Earth Shoes were available in dozens of styles: sandals, clogs, hiking shoes and deluxe, fleece-lined ankle boots. Where do the top footwear gurus today stand vis-e-vis Earth Shoes? Manolo Blahnik, the pre eminent European shoe designer, is an unabashed Earth Shoe fan: "It was the first shoe, [along] with the Jesus sandals, to make a social statement!" American shoe designer Kenneth Cole is another fan: "What was originally an anti-fashion statement 25 years ago has today become fashionable. They are a relaxed and comfortable alternative to other fashionable footwear."
Are they really coming back? A Manhattan boutique specializing in trendy '70s memorabilia reports a sales boom in vintage Earth Shoes. And negative-heeled shoes continue to be manufactured by the Roots shoe company of Canada; demand is reported to be highest in Japan.

Our classic 70’s Earth Shoes are in lightly used, vintage condition. Medium brown, grained leather upper, man made sole bearing the famous Kalso Earth Shoe logo, negative heel, original laces. The shoes are men’s American size eight and three-quarters; imprinted on the soles are the sizes 8.75m, and 10.25w; I believe the second number indicates women’s size, as these shoes were unisex back in the day. (Vintage advertisement not included)

Original 70s Kalso Vintage Earth Shoes

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