Solea from Antinoe

A simple, one layer solea from Antinoe in Egpyt. The sole shows stanped a letter S decoration, bordered by an impressed double line on both sides. The form of the solea points to the second, maybe third century AD. Only small bits of the leather strings that held the sole to the foot survive at the toe and towards the back of the sole at left and right. The reconstruction shows very simple, undecorated strings, but more elaborate or braided versions are known as well.

Note the extremely slender form of the sole and the little tip emphasizing the small toe.


  • Musee du Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Egyptiennes. Catalogue des Chaussures de L'Antiquite Egyptienne. 2000. p107