The hidden horror behind a hot day

Just looking at Twitter and my Labour Party frenemy, Parveen, had this up:

I rarely agree with her on anything but on this, I did. Let’s face it – men are ugly muvvers, even the good looking ones. On the beach it doesn’t seem to matter as much if we wear those long boxers, we become tolerable then but this sandals biz – plus the obese spreading of flesh in the sun and turning lobster – ah, that’s a treat I can do without, thankee very much.

8 comments for “The hidden horror behind a hot day

  1. Bill
    April 19, 2018 at 20:38

    Flipflops or socks worn with sandals. What is she smoking?

  2. April 20, 2018 at 01:26

    Flipflops, sandals, and the metal detector make the triumvirate.

  3. April 20, 2018 at 02:15

    ‘Ey oop ! Wossallthis knocking socks wiv sandals? It is traditional ever since the Roman Army introduced them. You don’t imagine they marched over the Yorkshire Moors in almost bare feet do you?

    • April 20, 2018 at 05:26

      Really? The Romans wore socks?

      • Distant Relative
        April 20, 2018 at 08:33

        Dunno udones? 🙂

        “Despite their apparent rarity in the sculptural record, we know that socks (udones) were fairly common. As most people reading this will already know, socks are in fact mentioned in one of the Vindolanda letters (which also tells us that soldiers could also receive clothing as gifts from their families) and are probably shown on the Cancalleria reliefs. Socks could be made in two ways, either by being cut from fabric and stitched together or by being made by the sprang work method, which is reasonably similar to crocheting. Examples of both types have survived, with the cloth type surviving not only from Vindolanda but also from a series of waterlogged graves in Gaul, and the sprang work type is known from examples which have survived in Egypt (the Egyptian examples were brightly striped and were designed with a separate toe to accommodate thong type sandals). The possible socks shown on the Cancalleria reliefs lack toes and heels and could have been made from a cloth or sprang work tube with a horizontal slit halfway down which would open around the heel when the sock was put on.”
        http://www.romanarmy.net/coldweather.shtml

      • April 20, 2018 at 10:17

        Cold weather kit.

  4. dearieme
    April 20, 2018 at 11:39

    Socks with sandals are an excellent combo- the socks keep the sun off, or the cold wind off, as suits.

    Does anyone know where I could buy sandals made for people with fallen arches? I suspect ordinary sandals wouldn’t work properly with an insole designed for shoes.

    • Distant Relative
      April 20, 2018 at 22:18

      Vionic make sandals with arch supports. On-line shoe buying makes for expensive returns in my experience but there’s a company “Simply Feet” that stock them in UK.

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