Teresa Neumann (June 14, 2010)
Previously, the oldest known footwear was sandals made from plants found in a cave in Missouri.
(Armenia)—The discovery of a 5,500 year old size 4 shoe in the region of the "Cradle of Civilization" has Dr. Ron Pinhasi of University College Cork calling it the "discovery of a lifetime."
The shoe, which was found in a cave, was reportedly so well preserved that its lacing is still intact. (Photo: REUTERS)
According to a report in The Daily Mail, the shoe was worn by an early farmer living in the mountains of Vayotz Dzor province of Armenia close to the border of modern-day Turkey and Iran.
Researcher Dr. Gregory Areshian, of the University of California, Los Angeles, said: "We couldn’t believe the discovery. The crusts had sealed the artifacts and archaeological deposits and artifacts remained fresh dried, just like they were put in a can."
Interestingly, the article stated that the previous oldest known footwear were sandals made from plants found in a cave in Missouri, dated a few hundred years after the Armenian shoe. [Source]