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Socks with Sandals-- Roman dorks?

Hey remeber when we were talking about Roman's wearing socks with sandals, and Anteros said that they totally did? 

Look! Look!

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/threaded/2012/10/taking-a-closer-look-at-an-odd-pair-of-very-very-old-socks


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anteros_lmc
Jan. 8th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
See? See?! I told you so!

Mind you, these don't look like Roman socks to me. Clearly these socks were owned by a camel-toed alien from the outer reaches of the known universe.
eglantine_br
Jan. 8th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Picturing aliens with camel-toe, maybe looser pants would help them...

When son was small he wanted to be a lobster for hallowe'en. I made his claws out of an old towel. I am not very good at sewing, they looked a lot like that. He had little wire lobster legs, though, tied to the claws with fishing line. So they moved when he moved his arms. I was proud of that.

The next year he wanted to be a porcupine. I could not deliver I am not clever enough to sew up a porcupine suit. He had to be something else.

But those socks are so cool. They do look a little uncomfortable though-- not really shaped like feet. But i like the bold red color.

Do you think some Roman mom made those socks, and then the guy could not actually wear them because they didn't fit, but he could never tell his mom. Maybe she was like me, unhandy....
serge_lj
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
I thought those were Big Bird's.
eglantine_br
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
it is clear that whoever made them had never actually seen a pair of feet. (Aliens, for sure,) But I do like the ties at the top. I expect they would slide down into a lumpy mess in the sandals, too. Our soldier, or whatever he was would always have been stopping to pull up his socks, and then scampering to catch up with every one else.
mylodon
Jan. 9th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
The V&A have got it wrong, alas. They are, as you seem to have guessed, lobster mittens, for the ginat atlantic lobster now, alas, extinct.
eglantine_br
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Did you see the footage of the giant squid this week? I thought of you. He was sown there the whole time. We just did not have sufficient squid-bothering tech to see him. (Wonder if he is a were-squid...
charliecochrane
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
No, I missed that. Got a link?
eglantine_br
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Here you go:

ttp://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-giant-squid-video-20130107,0,2853791.story
eglantine_br
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, problem with link-- fix soon.
eglantine_br
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I am sorry, those are still photos. The video was around yesterday, seems to be hiding today.

But anyway, he or she is stunning, even in stills. Strange and unsettling to think of that clever predator, all alone down there with a big big brain, in the dark and cold.

Humbling to be reminded that we vertebrates are the minority...

(You know, of course about 'an inordinate fondness for beetles')
charliecochrane
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
What a beauty! Poor design on squids, though. Their brains encircle their gullets.
provencepuss
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
they are 'thong socks' - you can still get them but better proportioned; the strange division was for the strap that helped keep some sandals on.

I don't think they are genuine either...that knitting is WAY too smooth for hand-knitting especially with the necessarily uneven 'needles' that they would have had: the linings were obviously machine sewn in to.


Edited at 2013-01-09 07:16 am (UTC)
bauhiniakapok
Oct. 3rd, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Old knitting looks unnaturally smooth because it has had so many years for the stitches to even out. Even my lumpy, uneven hand knitting would look good if it had a thousand years to settle.
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