Sunday, December 5, 2010

Shoe styles of Ancient Greece: Assorted

Peribaride
The Persian luxury basket weave slipper was popular among upper class Greek women and made from plaited straw.


Peribaride

Persaiki
Persian shoes made in delicate colours became popular with women around 6th BCE.


Persaiki

Nymphidiai
These were wedding shoes.

Sandalion
More of a slipper than a sandal the soft upper  was made of luxurious materials such as silk or other costly fabrics and embroidered with gold and pearls. Thought to have originated in Asian/Persian origin and became popular  mule style house slipper in Ancient Greece.  According to Yue and Yue (1997) luxurious slippers were worn in the home and sometimes sandals were used as protective overshoes or pattens to walk outside.


Sandalion

Syconia
These shoes came originally from Sicyon and were made from light coloured leather with an open, sandalised design. These later became adopted by young Roman dandies (Rossi, 2000) which is consistant with Yue and Yue (1997) claim many Greek styles were subsumed into Roman costume.


Syconia

Sykhos
A soft leather boot worn by comedy actors Similar to the later Roman soccus. The boot is thought to have originated in Persia.

Sykhos


References
Rossi W 2000 The complete footwear dictionary (2nd edition) Kreiger Publishing Co: Florida.
Yue and Yue 1997 Shoes: Their history in words and pictures Houghton Miffin: Boston.

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