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120 Roman Shoes Found in U.K.; "Substantial" Fort

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    Posted: 11-Oct-2011 at 19:07
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Oct-2011 at 20:57
I saw some well-preserved Roman sandals at Verulamium. Their hobnailed soles provided grip comparable to modern combat boots
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  Quote Centrix Vigilis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Oct-2011 at 20:59
Indeed and equally useful in hand to hand.
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Oct-2011 at 19:48
Legionaries were trained to use their boots as weapons: a kick from a hobnailed caligae could do a lot of damage to an unarmored opponent
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  Quote Pellaeon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Oct-2011 at 19:49
O: rome? yay they fond Roman stuff :D
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Feb-2012 at 19:31

The uppers of Roman sandals were made from a single piece of leather. Check out the size of their metal hobnails
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  Quote Sidney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Feb-2012 at 09:47
60 pairs of sandals dumped in a ditch, but were in relatively good condition. That doesn't make sense as just random discarding. Sounds more like a lost consignment, or a mass replacement of existing footware.

Nick1986 - I didn't realise Roman sandals had so much cut leather work. They can't have been very easy to put on in a hurry, or even slowly. I imagine toes and ankles getting entangled through the holes!
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2012 at 19:22
Originally posted by Sidney

60 pairs of sandals dumped in a ditch, but were in relatively good condition. That doesn't make sense as just random discarding. Sounds more like a lost consignment, or a mass replacement of existing footware.

Nick1986 - I didn't realise Roman sandals had so much cut leather work. They can't have been very easy to put on in a hurry, or even slowly. I imagine toes and ankles getting entangled through the holes!

They were laced. It would have been relatively easy to pull the drawstring tight  in a hurry. The cuts served a practical purpose: to prevent the boots being filled with water
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Feb-2012 at 19:34

These Celtic "Ghillie brogues" served a similar purpose. Originally they were worn by Highland gamekeepers tasked with chasing birds across the moor to the waiting guns
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