Did the Romans bring the socks and sandals taboo to the UK?

Published: 26th August 2010

Did the Romans bring the socks and sandals taboo to the UK?
The idea of a man wearing any kind of fabric between sandal and barefoot has long been taboo in the UK.

However, a recent discovery suggests that the tradition of wearing socks with shoes may be thousands of years old.

Archaeologists have found evidence that Romans stationed in Britain wore socks and sandals.

This new evidence may lend credence to a new theory that the Romans were responsible for establishing this fashion faux pas in the UK, where it appears to have become ingrained into the national consciousness.

Some may even use this revelation to defend the footwear combination, which has long been the source of embarrassment and amusement among Brits.

Experts excavating at the site are less concerned with the fashion implications of their find, however.

Speaking to the Independent, cultural heritage team leader Blaise Vyner described the find as "really exciting", adding that it could give more information about everyday Roman life.

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