"The history of shoes began more than 40,000 years ago with man's need to protect his feet from harm. Our ancestors required sturdy shoes to shield their feet from rocks, sand and harsh weather conditions. But shoe history does not begin and end with the desire for protective foot coverings alone. From medieval aristocrats wearing decorative shoes to denote nobility to our current obsession with celebrity shoe designers, shoes have and will forever be an integral part of our ability to express our fashion sense and individuality." by Mimi Abney - eHow contributor This month let's look down at people's feet, in the malls, at the beach, etc. and capture the diversity of footwear in an artistic way. A sure way to get funny looks from people but then we are all use to that, aren't we? Have fun!