What kind of shoes did Greek tragic actors wear? January 20, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Literature Greek tragic actors wore “buskins,” boots that reached halfway up the calf and had thick soles to make the actors seem taller. The Greek word for the boot was cothurnus. “Buskin” first appeared as the English term in the sixteenth century. Related PostsWhy do boys wear blue and why do girls wear pink?Does the “old soft-shoe” have anything to do with soft shoes?Was there an original Goody Two-Shoes?Why do soldiers wear khaki?In what ear does Mr. Clean wear his earring?