Re: Socks and footies question
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, NINacide@... wrote:
>Depends on your point-of-view. The one you exhibit here is entirely
>That's interesting, instead of inventing socks, they had heavily
>padded shoes instead. Makes sense to me....Until your shoes get
>stinky and you can't wash them.
First; padding is easily taken out, thrown away and replaced with any
of new moss or felt or scrap cloth once it gets too degraded. And
leather cleans relatively easily.
Second; we come from a society that (generally) expects its citizenry
and their garmenture to be clean and body-scent free most all the time
(with various obvious exceptions such as farm work or at the gym).
Period folk had no such expectation and would almost certainly be more
exposed to and used to all manner of body and bodily waste odor. Not,
mind you, that they never found halitosis or horse manure offensive,
but that their level of sensitivity to it would have to be far less
I have little doubt that were I to be dropped into the middle of Paris
in 1359, my nose would almost instantly die from shock.
The medieval populace's idea of stinky shoes (clothes, animals,
humans, etc) and ours are extremely unlikely to coincide.
-Iain of Malagentia
- NINacide wrote:
> >That's interesting, instead of inventing socks, they had heavilyAn additional note on "smelly" shoes: I have very hot feet. I recently purchased a pair of
> >padded shoes instead. Makes sense to me....Until your shoes get
> >stinky and you can't wash them.
leather boots lined in wool. I have not yet worn them with socks, and yes my feet have
sweated in them. I have not detected an decernable sweaty foot odor. I believe that this can
be attributed to the breathable leather and wicking properties of wool.
Try stuffing washed wool into your period shoes. Yes it will felt as you walk and sweat inside
your shoes. But I bet that you will find that it doesn't get smelly, your feet will be warmer or
cooler (depending upon weather) and the wool will conform to the shape of your foot, unlike
a felted bootie.
VA Swede;An tir
- -(heavily snipped )
> Try stuffing washed wool into your period shoes. Yes it will felt asyou walk and sweat inside
> your shoes.This past weekend, I wore my wickelbander, socks and shoes ( no
> VA Swede;An tir
footies ) for the first time.
The socks provided rather better protection than anticipated, and the
wickelbander were amazingly comfortable.
I will be wearing my footies closest to the skin, with the socks as
the sacrificial layer.
Thanks all for your advice, it's much appreciated.
> An additional note on "smelly" shoes: I have very hot feet. IIf the boots are line my Uggs they specifically tell you NOT to wear socks.
> recently purchased a pair of
> leather boots lined in wool. I have not yet worn them with socks,
> and yes my feet have
> sweated in them. I have not detected an discernable sweaty foot
> odor. I believe that this can
> be attributed to the breathable leather and wicking properties of wool.
Having worn mine with and without socks, I can tell you that they are much
more comfortable and warm when you need it, cool when you need it Without
Socks! The fleece on the inside creates hundreds of little air pockets that
trap the warmth. If you put on socks you lose a lot of that.
That said, I have two pair of black Uggs and I wear them turn and turn about
to work all winter long. I let the pair I wore one day sit and "breathe"
while I wear the second pair. I have poor circulation in my feet and they
get all sweaty and cold (strange combination, I know) in regular shoes and
socks. My original pair had removable insoles so you could wash them every
once in a while, but I've never noticed an odor at least until one of my
cats decided to mark them as His and I had to get another pair.
I love my fleece lined boots because the fleece insole conforms exactly to
the shape of the bottom of my foot and supports me. Having spent much of my
free time barefoot I have had the misfortune of breaking my toes several
times. Sometimes they didn't heal exactly right (you can't splint or cast
the little darlings) and heels are unthinkable except for sitting down. 1/2
block walk in them and I am crippled.
One thing I love about become "mature". I don't have to wear high heels,
expensive shoes, etc, if I don't want to. If I have to wear regular shoes
to maintain the professional image, I can wear flats.
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