Upon his feet the Athenian frequently wears nothing. He
goes about his home barefoot; and not seldom he enjoys the delight of
running across the open greensward with his unsandaled feet pressing the
springing ground; but normally when he walks abroad, he will wear
sandals, a simple solid pair of open soles tied to his feet by
leather thongs passing between the toes. For hard country walking and
for hunting there is something like a high leather boot,
though doubtless these are counted uncomfortable for ordinary wear. As
for the sandals, simple as they are, the Attic touch of elegance is
often upon them. Upon the thongs of the sandals there is usually worked
a choice pattern, in some brilliant color or even gilt.
The Athenians need head coverings even less than
footgear. Most of them have thick hair; baldness is an uncommon
affliction; everybody is trained to walk under the full glare of Helios
with little discomfort. Of course certain trades require hats, e.g.
sailors who can be almost identified by their rimless felt caps. Genteel
travelers will wear wide-brimmed hats; but the ladies, as a rule, have
no headgear besides their tastefully arranged hair, although they will
partly atone for the lack, by having a maid walk just behind them with a
gorgeously variegated parasol.