Byzantine Legwear - an Interesting Constructional Detail from St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye Müzesi).
The former monastery and church of St. Saviour in Chora (in Turkish, Kariye Müzesi: link to Wikipedia entry) is located in the north-western outskirts of Constantinople, close to the Adrianople Gate in the Walls of Theodosius.
The Image of St. Theodore Stratelates
The lower part of the southern wall of the outer gallery or parekklesion is decorated with full-length portraits of military saints in fresco. St. Theodore Stratelates ('the General') stands near the centre, partly covered by a stone frieze arching over the niche of a later tomb.
He stands on his discarded boot, which must be made of thin and supple leather to be crumpled so. His shod left foot shows their normal appearance, half-height red boots in the Imperial style with broad gold bands at top and ankle.