Roman Shoes

Crepida


Crepida/Crepidae
From the Greek, krepis, krepides)

There is some debate as to what sort of shoe the crepida was.  They are generally referred to as some form of thick soled shoe that is laced up, and is sometimes has been translated as "sandal".

Shoes which covered more of the foot than did the simple thonged soleae. The crepidae are half-shoes were soles to which an upper of leather was attached, enclosing the heel and the sides of the foot, were fastened across the instep by straps or bands laced through holes set in the side pieces sometimes had straps but most often sported high up on the foot or ankle a complex network of cutwork designs.

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