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Sandal was the article ordinarily used by the Hebrews for protecting the feet. It consisted simply of a sole attached to the foot by thongs. We have express notice of the thong (Authorized Version “shoe-latchet”) in several passages, notably Gen. 14:23; Isa. 5:27; Mark 1:7. Sandals were worn by all classes of society in Palestine, even by the very poor; and both the sandal and the thong or shoe-latchet were so cheap and common that they passed into a proverb for the most insignificant thing. Gen. 14:23; Ecclus. 46:19. They were dispensed with in-doors, and were only put on by persons about to undertake some business away from their homes. During mealtimes the feet were uncovered. Luke 7:38; John 13:5, 6. It was a mark of reverence to cast off the shoes in approaching a place or person of eminent sanctity. Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15. It was also an indication of violent emotion, or of mourning, if a person appeared barefoot in public. 2 Sam. 15:30. To carry or to unloose a person’s sandal was a menial office, betokening great inferiority on the part of the person performing it. Matt. 3:11.