Search hard enough and you will find a superstition or old wives tale about almost anything: black cats, broken mirrors, spilling salt, and the number thirteen, the opal gemstone, crossing fingers … the list goes on. There is also a range of superstitions pertaining to shoes. Here are just a few…
- For anyone who is keen to become wealthy (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), a pair of shoes should never be discarded until a hole has been worn through them. Perhaps this explains why so many women have so many pairs of shoes – it’s better luck!
- Most of us are aware that Friday the 13th is deemed to bring with it all kinds of potential for bad luck. Wearing an old pair of shoes on such an unlucky day is said to ward off any bad luck that might come your way. So keep those old shoes – they might just come in handy!
- If you go on a trip, leave a pair of shoes outside the front door – and you will return from your vacation with a happy face.
- Funerals likely have many superstitions attached to them. One must never wear new clothing or new shoes to a funeral.
- How many of us keep our shoes under the bed? It is said that shoes that are pushed underneath the bed, and hence lie beneath you when you sleep, are the cause of nightmares. Find someplace else to store your shoes!
- Many of us like to wear a new outfit on Christmas Day. But wearing new shoes on Christmas Day is a big no-no. Save those new stiletto heels for New Year! And never give a gift of shoes at Christmas – the recipient will walk away.
- Never place shoes on a table – even if they are brand new. A tradition in England’s north was that the shoes of a miner killed in a mine accident were placed on the table as a mark of respect. To put shoes on the table in any other circumstance is at best bad taste; at worst it invites bad luck.
- Many British brides have a coin in their bridal heels for good luck. “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,…and a Sixpence for Her Shoe.”
- Shoes left overturned risk bad temperament and arguments in the home.
- A precursor to confetti, in the Middle Ages shoes were thrown at people about to go on a journey in the belief that it would bring them safe travels and good luck.
More footwear related superstition and folklore next time!