The Roman Greaves were designed to protect the lower leg from the cut of a sword or the vicious kicking that occurred during battle. Although worn by many Roman Units, greaves were not worn by all. Our replica steel greaves are based on patterns depicted on Trajan's Columns as well as other sources of that period. Our greaves feature an articulated knee piece for extra protection. These greaves will need to be laced up. They do not have straps and buckles, but have metal loops that will accommodate your lacing.