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Sandals

Wearing sandals, however, was a mark of sexual readiness (Aristotle, Problems 4.5; cf. RHODOPIS, and Vitellius’s fetish for MESSALINA’s sandal, Suetonius, Vitellius 2); they ensured that the feet stay warm (male) and moist (female), conducive to the proper expenditure of sexual fluids. The Greek verb, baínein, “to walk,” implied sexual intercourse particularly between men (Henderson 1991:19 n. 70).