'How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publish salvation; that saith unto Zion, The God reigneth!'
Is 52: 7
'Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings that publisheth peace!'
By the New Testament those spreading the Gospels wore sandals.
'And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;'
The ancient custom of falling voluntary at another's feet was taken as a mark of reverence.
'And I fell at his feet'
1 Sam 25: 24
'And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet..'
Many who met Jesus were described to fall to their feet.
'And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet.'
'And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.'
Taking hold of the feet of another was considered an act of prayer.
2 Kings 4:27
'And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.'
The action of touching a heel had profound meaning.
'And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed ; it shall bruise thy head , and thou shalt bruise his heel.'
Jacob meant 'one who grabs the heel' or 'heel god' in Hebrew.
'He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:'
'And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel: and his name was called Jacob'
Images of heels were linked to potential disaster and the vulnerability of humanity.
'The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.'
By the time of the New Testament, sitting at someone's feet was considered an act of submission and tachability.
'They went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus,'
'And she had as sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.'
Luke 10: 39
Spreading the Word of God across the known world would entail travelling. There is direct reference to Jesus Christ in the New Testament saying to his disciples to wear sandals whilst spreading the gospel. Later in the scriptures he is attributed to a statement not to be overburdened with footwear. Most scholars accept the latter to mean to travel light. By implication however as shoes and sandals were the preferred costume of the privileged then perhaps the Disciples were being directed to become more accepted by the higher social strata yet by the same token, not to appear too well attired to offend the poor. If sandals were to play an important role in the beginnings of Christianity then sandal makers and in particular sandal repairers would have a contributory role. Many affluent converts were disinherited from their family's wealth yet compelled to spread the WORD, they needed an income for support themself. Many became sandal makers who worked by night whilst doing God's work during day.