Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walk Softy

What's a coveted palace job in Egypt?  Sandal Bearer.

Liz and Dick (2012)

Sandals, with a thong between the big and second toes, were made from plaited papyrus, wood or leather.  The sandal bearer handled them with great care, cradling them in his hands.  In the early days, only the rich wore sandals, which they removed before entering a house or the pharaoh's court, while others went barefoot all the time.

By the thirteenth century B. C., everyone finally took to sandals, sometimes ones with the upturned points of the Eastern Mediterranean.  Tutankhamen, the boy king, had sandals encrusted with gold.

During the reign of Thotmes II in 1485, Egyptians painted pictures of their enemies inside their sandals.

Later pharaohs had hated faces pained on their footstools so they could give them a good, swift kick whenever they sat down.

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger


  1. I know they aren't exactly flip-flops... but I love flip-flops ;)

    1. Nat - Me too, especially shiny gold ones.

  2. oh my gosh, i hadn't heard that about the faces on the footstools!! great info!

  3. Jena, I love this post! This is one of my favorite times to read about in history, I have several books on Egypt.