Velcro, the first fabric-based hook-and-loop fastener ever to breach the public market was invented by an Electrical Engineer George do Mestral, of Switzerland, in 1948. It took him seven years to patent his technology as he continued to refine and development the uniquely practical manufacturing of the product until it became available in the commercial market in the late 1950’s. The name is taken from the French word velour and crochet. The first sample was made of cotton, which of course was quickly found to be quite impractical and soon replaced by a Nylon and polyester which are far more resilient.
Velcro footwear provides an easy solution for those who have limited motor skills and can no longer tie shoelaces, or for anyone who finds traditional shoe closures tedious. You can find shoes with Velcro fasteners in virtually every style and function imaginable. Shoes, slippers and sneakers with Velcro closures offer a practical way for many people to put on and take off shoes with ease. Whether you lead a highly active life or have limited mobility and require assistance to dress, footwear with Velcro fasteners can provide you with a convenient way to put on and take off shoes.