3–4 τὸν ἱμάντα τῆϲ δεξιᾶϲ ἐμβάδοϲ: The ἐμβάϲ was a kind of boot, described by Pollux vii. 85 as being in shape like a low κόθορνοϲ, fastened across the ankle by a thong (ἱμάϲ). It was a common form of footwear for men, frequently mentioned by Aristophanes; Isaios v. 11 speaks of it as characteristic wear of the poor; and it is no doubt part of the joke here that the superstitious person makes so much fuss over a cheap boot. But expensive ἐμβάδεϲ were also made, Ameling, RE v. 2482. Evidence about the materials used is scanty, but the ἐμβάδεϲ of a gardener in AP vi. 21 were ὠμοβοεῖϲ, i.e. of untanned cowhide. LSJ's view that ἐμβάδεϲ were made of felt is perhaps no more than a guess, but felt 'uppers' are conceivable as one variety.
4 ὦ φλήναφε: Elsewhere φλήναφοϲ means 'nonsense', but Pollux vi. 119 includes it in a list of derogatory adjectives applicable to bores, μακρολόγοϲ, πολυλόγοϲ, βαρύϲ, ἐπαχθήϲ, φληναφῶν, φλήναφοϲ, τὴν γλῶτταν ὀλιϲθηρόϲ κτλ. E. Fraenkel, Plautinisches im Plautus, 1851, thinks this speaker is not seen by the first.