The six complete shoes were worn by men, women and children.
Among the more interesting discoveries was that the shoes had long laces that were wrapped around the top of the foot and were run beneath the shoes and then secured back on top, meaning that the Romans walked on their shoe straps.
Upper class Romans cared a great deal about the way they looked and could be quite fashion conscious. Roman stationed near Scotland wrote to their mother's requesting long underwear.
A 1,600-year-old fresco found at a villa in Sicily showed a pair of bikini-clad women tossing a ball. They wore hooded cloaks during the cold Scottish winters. The earliest ones were inserted into a loop of thread or fabric.
Cleopatra used a hollowed version of such a pin to conceal the poison she allegedly used to kill herself.
Like the Egyptians but unlike the Greeks, Romans were very fond of cosmetics and perfumes.
Roman footwear defined wealth, status and social position.
Shoemakers were members of guilds and some had a better reputation than others.
Six Roman shoes found by amateur Dutch underwater archaeologists in a trash dump in the Meus river south of Amsterdam were described as “ancient Guccis” because of the quality of their craftsmanship.
Archaeologists can date Roman sculptures by hair and clothing styles.
During the Augustan Age women parted their hair in the middle with a central roll.
Senators wore brown shoes with hobnail soles and leather straps that were wound up to mid calf and tied in double knots.