Heavy duty Caligae

The sole on these Heavy duty Caligae is made of 5 layers and is not hammered with iron hob-nails. So you do not have to be afraid of damaging your parquet floor. The outer layer is made out of anti-slip rubber. More information...

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Heavy duty Caligae, Roman Soldier sandals

History of the Caligae sandals

Caligae were heavy-soled hob-nailed military boot which were worn by Roman legionary soldiers and auxiliaries throughout the history of the Roman Republic and Empire. They were worn by all ranks up to and including centurions. The Caligae were worn by legionary soldiers and used extensively along Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. They were made from one main piece of leather and cut so they could be wrapped over the foot.

To modern eyes the caliga resembles a sandal but was actually a marching boot. Sandals proper were not worn outside by the Romans, rather they were regarded as indoor footwear, sometimes even carried by slaves to be changed into for such thing as banquets.

Socks were not normally worn with the caliga, although in colder climates, such as Britain, woollen socks were used. It is believed Caligae were worn stuffed with sheep’s wool or material to protect the feet in cold weather. Caligae were constructed from leather and laced up the centre of the foot and onto the top of the ankle.

Care of the Roman Soldier Caligae sandals

The shoes are treated with a balm containing beeswax. The shoes are made of genuine leather. You can treat them with various shoe care products. The balm softens the leather soft and waterproofs it. Moreover, it makes the leather darker. If you do not have the balm, you can also use oil for leather or a normal shoe polish. The shoe polish can easily tone the leather colour and cover minor imperfections (e.g. scuffed shoe tips).

These shoes are available in standard EUR sizes. If you select the size "made-to-measure", they will be manufactured according to this measurement chart. Please fill it in after you finish your order.

Great for Role Play, LARP,  Re-enactment, Nativity Plays, School Curriculum Projects, Team Building and Fancy Dress.

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