Sometimes it is simply enough to mention that a character in a tabletop roleplaying setting is either wearing shoes or boots, and sometimes more detail can be useful. Are they hard boots that can withstand a snake bite or spike through the sole? Are they light shoes, even slippers, that make hardly a sound when walking and sneaking? There was a recent article on news.discovery.com that showed some 2,000 year old shoes and also includes a number of sketches of sandals from that time. See and read more here!