リ, は.く

footgear, shoes, boots, put on (the feet)

JLPT1 G7 S15 F1619

The relevant seal inscription form is # leg/foot pointed downward + an obsolete character that appears to have suggested "make plodding progress, by various means." Eventually, the focus shifted to shoes worn in plodding along → *wear shoes* → *wear*; *put on*. The present form is + (double back) → *tread*.

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