|Brad Pitt as Achilles, Troy (2004)|
Other warriors wore more sensible ankle-high boots, with socks brightly patterned in the Cretan style: or greaves--leg protectors linked with silver fastenings.
Later Greek boots laced, either through eyelets or around double rows of buttons.
|Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle, Xena (1995-2001)|
And while many soldiers sported latticework or fur-trimmed boots, Hermes, messenger of the gods, got an extra lift--his boots had built-in-wings.
After the war, the Greeks made leather sandals, with double soles for height and jeweled ones to strap around a feminine ankle. The Greeks even distinguished left from right shoes. But don't grow up to be a sandalmaker if you want to buy a palatial estate in the country--the job promised only limited earning potential.
Greeks did wear sandals on trips abroad, but they preferred to walk barefoot when they could.
|Henry Cavill as Theseus, Immortals (2011)|
Of course, if he was wearing sandals, you could find out if that young Adonis of 1000 B. C. was free to fool around--Greek husbands carved the names of their wives on the bottoms of the soles of their shoes, leaving witness to their devotion wherever they tread.
- Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger -