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From Foot Bags to High Heels

鞋流成河─蜈蚣族的最愛

Some of the earliest shoes were thought to be foot bags, which were simple pieces of leather that covered the foot. These kept the feet warm and protected them from rocks. Since they were made of light material, it has been difficult for scientists to find proof of this early footwear.
Footwear has come a long way, and now shoes are great at making people run faster, jump higher, and look better. As a matter of fact, some shoes from high fashion designers sell for thousands of US dollars.


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最早的一些鞋子被認為是「鞋袋」,也就是包裹腳的簡單皮革製品。這些鞋袋使雙腳溫暖,並保護雙腳免於踩到岩石。由於它們由輕盈的材質製成,因此科學家很難找到這種早期鞋類的證據。
鞋子已有很大的進展,今日鞋子擅於使人們跑得更快、跳得更高,並看起來更好看。實際上,有些最新潮設計師的鞋子要價數千美元。

生活必備字詞

◎proof [ pruf ] n.證明;證據(集合名詞,不可數)
◎come a long way  有長足進展
.Television has come a long way over the past 50 years.
◎as a matter of fact  事實上
.Jose thinks his English is good, but as a matter of fact, he speaks very poorly.

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本文節錄自《常春藤生活英語》雜誌,完整內容請見十月號。




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