Shoes in Ancient Rome

None in the ancient Egypt, when you have the first physical testimonies of elementary and also more elaborate, footwear, the footwear industry took hold with the cultured Greek civilization. The Romans, who drink both of philosophy and way of life of the Greek people, also copied their tastes in footwear. But, as befits a people warlike and expansive, it changed it so that the different types of shoe, with their differences in shape and color, were hallmarks of the status and social class. This trend continued in the middle ages, when the extravagances and the desire to appear titles that did not have led to strict regulation with major fines from through. But let’s go by parts.

How were the shoes in the old Roman Empire?

There were all types and condition, but it was with this civilization when he started to put on each one of the members of all social strata. Formerly, slaves, peasants and poor people did not have the chance to dress up your feet.

However, have become testimonies of a very rustic and resistant shoe made of wood, as the current clogs, which were reserved for individuals located further down the social ladder.

Elite models of ancient Rome shoes

At the other end, the patricians and free men, there was a code allowing a glance know which social class was the owner of the shoes. Such was this social symbolism that certain colors and shapes were reserved to certain people, depending on their social rank. Beyond the anecdote, because he tells us as the driving of an entire society, we have:

  • Apparently it was Caligula, who did great things before becoming darn crazy, who introduced SUVs boots that are tied to the leg with ropes and had tacos or tacks on the floor in the legions. Inspiration found it in neighbouring Greece. Called caligae.
  • Patricians, the social economic and cultural elite of Rome, also wore very special Brown boots. This hue changed to red or black if the holder was a member of the Senate. In the latter case, they decorated, in addition, with the letter C.
  • The emperors, considered gods on Earth reserved hard tone purple, extremely rare and expensive, since the pigment was extracted from a snail.
  • Level ladies spared no resources to manufacture a pair of exquisite sandals with beads and high platforms. Although at home, they wore comfortable shoes style used by the lower classes, any social occasion, even a visit to the Forum, demanded this type of footwear.

The shoe is evolving with the technology and the economy

And also in the Roman Empire, when the trade of Shoemaker begins to be regulated and have a social status, according to this blog. Gradually the work is complicated and some of these craftsmen begin to innovate and create.

Look for plants and animals that make pigments for polished leathers that were the most exquisite pieces. Jewelry and trinkets, as it currently does Stuart Weitzman, were currents among the ladies of the high society.

And if in the ancient Greece began to use high platforms between the artists of the theatre, the Roman ladies also pointed to this form of get on a pair of shoes. They were very rustic and dangerous, since this type of shoe was not designed and manufactured with some elegance and security until as recently: the first decades of the 20th century. It was Salvatore Ferragamo which investigated the anatomy of the foot to do this type of easy models for every day use.

Although the heights were favored by the wealthy Roman patrician ladies, the stilettos are even later. Roger Vivier developed them to complete the New Look of Christian Dior. But that was centuries later and we are still in the Roman Empire.

 

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