Romans May Have Worn Socks With Their Sandals

A foot from a Roman-era statue was found in London -- wearing a sock under a sandal. The foot, found at the excavation of a three-acre Romano-Celtic temple complex at Tabard Square in Southwark, "is wearing a Mediterranean-type sandal, but the garment with it may have been some kind of woollen stocking," according to Nansi Rosenberg, senior archaeological consultant at EC Harris, which is managing the excavation.

"I would think their excuse would be the cold. We know from the writings of Tacitus that the weather in Britain was terrible," said Rosenberg. "It is certainly an interesting find -- this is only the second example of a foot found from a Roman statue in Britain, and though there is some documentary evidence for Britons wearing socks with their sandals, this is the first physical evidence."