Many types of footwear existed in the Byzantine world. Boots were worn by soldiers and laborers, slippers by monks and clergy, and sandals by government officials; the poor would have gone barefoot. The patterns incised on this sumptuously decorated boot indicate that it was made for the elite of Egypt.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Design Motifs in Byzantine Art," August 5, 2013–August 3, 2014.