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Sole of arms

Coat of arms engraved on soles
 
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Now that there is no more shield to be carried before oneself to be ornamented with one's personal insignia and what shield there is is left behind in a car park somewhere remote while one trudges along floors leveled smooth and of vast expanse especially if one is visiting somebody important in the important one's own castle there is a need to announce to others that one has arrived and travelled over this hallowed place and that one is a person to be respected.

With your sole of arms, you would just shuffle your feet on a mat of dust before disembarking and then leave a trail emblazoned with your personal mark, so that anyone following could just look down and say:

"Gules, nine bezants in saltire cantoned between two boars' heads erased in fess, the dexter contournée Or, armed Argent and langued Azure. Above the Shield is placed an Helm, with a Mantling Gules doubled Or and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a thistle slipped and leaved Gules each leaf charged with a bezant, and in an Escrol over the same ..."

neelandan, Dec 18 2003

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       Roman courtesans and prostitutes used to have shoe soles which printed the words "Follow me" whever they walked. Similar? This was done with studs or hobnails, I believe.   

       Can I have a fish on mine?
squeak, Dec 18 2003
  

       By the way, what the hell is the last paragraph about? Can you draw that please.
squeak, Dec 18 2003
  

       //...anyone following could just look down and say:   

       "Gules, nine bezants in saltire...//   

       Or, "Stepped in something he shouldn't have"
PeterSilly, Dec 18 2003
  

       Already HalfBaked.
phoenix, Dec 18 2003
  

       British Knights shoes?
Letsbuildafort, Dec 18 2003
  

       //Gules, nine bezants in saltire...//   

       Golly, nine pedants in satire!
k_sra, Dec 18 2003
  

       ...and a partridge in a pear tree.
DrCurry, Dec 18 2003
  

       1st person: "Heh, check out my 'filleting' soles!"

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2nd person: "Man, that's some groovy sole terrain--but hey, check this out!:

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...d: ...d: ...d; ...d: ...d: ...d; ...d: ...d: ...
Tiger Lily, Dec 18 2003
  
      
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