A Timeline of Footwear in an Historical Context:
Antiquity - 1500s
What’s going on? Not a whole hell of a lot, except in Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
|Pyramid of Giza, built 2560 BC|
|The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece|
|"You know, this could double as a great kabob stick."|
What were they wearing?
|"Don't look so cross, Octavia. Marble always adds ten pounds."|
Greece: Greeks embraced a unisex look: large blocks of draped fabric, often white.
Rome: Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga!
What were they sporting on their feet?
Egypt: Sandals, initially made from papyrus and eventually improved to leather. Only the rich could afford sandals at all, and were thusly considered a symbol of power and rank. Pharaoh, the most powerful man in Egypt, had peaks on his sandals, proving that he could afford the most material.
Greece: The Greeks were excellent shoemakers, and, true to Grecian standards, by 400 BC they had begun enforcing rather arbitrary rules regarding wearing shoes: certain shoes were only for certain occupations or for certain people, shoes were only worn outdoors, etc. But their leather sandals were the pinnacles of antique shoes!
|"Oh, Henry, thou art too dramatic. |
That plagued corpse didst not lick thy foot."
What were they wearing? Gowns. Smocks. Maybe a cape or coat if you could afford one. Other than that, pretty much everybody was sporting some sort of gown.
|"Art those points on thy shoes, |
or art thou just happy to seeth me?"
|The Coronation of Elizabeth I.|
She sports the farthingale and accompanying bodice
as well as a reticella and various ostentatious jewels.
|"Fido, I'd prefer it if you'd not so eagerly smell my codpiece."|
|"You sure you were ready for me to |
remove your training wheels?"