Romans brought Brits socks and sandals, new dig shows

Published: 31st August 2010

Romans brought Brits socks and sandals, new dig shows
Romans stationed in Britain around 2,000 years ago found a way to keep their feet warm in the cold climate, a new archaeological dig suggests.

Apparently, rust has been found on a nail from a Roman sandal unearthed in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire.

The archaeologists have found fibres that could mean the Romans were wearing walking socks to help keep their feet warm.

Were they cashmere socks or just plain ankle socks? Perhaps the scientists examining the fibres will be able to say.

Blaise Vyner, an archaeologist on the site, told the Daily Telegraph: "You don't imagine Romans in socks but I am sure they would have been pretty keen to get hold of some as soon as autumn came along."

The news comes as designers like Oscar de la Renta have been seen pairing cotton socks with sandals on the catwalk this year.

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