Tenses

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Maertens (want) a very comfortable shoe while he (recovering) from his accident. With the help of an engineer friend, he (design) a special shoe, made of good leather, with an air-cushioned sole. Two years later, the two friends (sell) their now invention across Germany, mostly to old women with bad feet, like Granny Smith who said: “I (wear) the for 25 years and they’re wonderful!”

But two inventors (want/sell) their shoes to other people too, because of their comfort and solidity. They (decide/ask) an English shoe manufacturing company, R. Griggs and Co, to be the exclusive manufacturer. The Griggs Shoe Manufacturing Company (create) in 1901 by two people. Today, it (employ) 3,000 people.

Elton John (fall) in love with these shoes in 1973 but punks (already/adopt) them in the 1960s.

Doc maertend shoes (get) more popular every day. Nowadays nurses, bankers and even police officers (buy) them because they (walk) a lot. Since the beginning, 70 million pairs (sold) .

Last year, the shoes (get) another important client: Pope John Paul II. After the Pope (order) three pairs last summer (in white of course), the Vatican (place) an order for 100 pairs.

Now you (can find) Doc Maertens shoes in all colours, shapes and sizes. At first, Doc Maertens used to attract rebels, punks and rock stars. Today the shoes (be) for everybody. (They /lose) their appeal to young people in the future ? Probably not !