On the whole the footwear of the women
was like that of the men, but showed less variety. They
preferred sandals and shoes that did not come above the ankles
to boots reaching higher up the calf. They naturally paid even
more attention than the men to daintiness of appearance, and
their shoes were not only trimmed with gold, but embroidered
with pearls and similar ornamentation.
Women, like men, wore soleae
(house slippers) indoors, calcei outdoors.
Shoes for women were of thinner leather than for men, and for
fine ladies were made in colors: red, green, pale yellow, and,
especially, white. The Emperor Aurelian championed women's footwear fashions by forbidding men to wear red, yellow, white, or green
shoes. These colors were reserved for women only.Female slaves went barefoot or wore