from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a foot-covering or shoe varying much in type, quality, and use; specifically, a Greek sandal, of which the upper portion, inclosing the foot, was a more or less close network, chiefly of leather thongs.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Nor, if they will condescend to begin simply enough, and at the bottom of the said business, and let the cobbler judge of the crepida, and the potter of the pot, will they find it so supremely difficult to establish authorities that shall be trustworthy, and judgments that shall be sure.
Dum vello barbam, ferio occiput, 6c pede terram Pulfojpedem 6t retraho: crepida excidit.
In Rome, Dufour remarks, "Matrons having appropriated the use of the shoe (_soccus_) prostitutes were not allowed to use it, and were obliged to have their feet always naked in sandals or slippers (_crepida_ and _solea_), which they fastened over the instep with gilt bands.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.