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Made of leather, these boots (it is incorrect to call them 'sandals') were elaborately cut out from a one-piece upper with separate soles finished with conical iron hobnails. The boots were laced all the way up the front.

The nailing designs on the sole are arranged very ergonomically and anticipate modern training shoe soles designed to optimize the transferral of weight between the different parts of the foot when placed on the ground.

Sculptural evidence shows that socks would be worn within the boot, open at the toe and the heel.

 [ Boot from Mainz ]

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