Ancient Greek Sandal


Dana Murray
published on 12 September 2016

Similar to the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Greeks favoured sandals. However, rather than using vegetable fibre, the Greek preferred leather with cork or leather soles. Varying footwear styles reflected the differences of age, gender and social status among the ancient Greeks.

This example, dating to the 6th century B.C.E., is a balsamaria (an ancient vessel for holding balsam) in the shape of a lower leg wearing an open-toed sandal. The sandal is composed of a thick sole and an upper of interwoven thongs which encase the ankle.

From the Bata Shoe Museum collection in Toronto, Canada.

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About the Author

Dana Murray
Researcher with interest in the art, architecture and religion of ancient Greece and the Near East.

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