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Wearing shoes or sandals. Distinguished from the discalced among the men and women religious who do not wear shoes as a form of austerity. Customs differ among religious institutes, notably the Carmelites, who have two main branches of the order, one calced and the other discalced. (Etym. Latin calceus, shoe.)