Settle in for the conclusion to our short series on superstitions and strange shoe-related trivia. Did you know…?
- Actors are a very superstitious bunch. Amongst the superstitions they subscribe to is that on the first entrance of an actor onto a stage or set, a squeaking shoe is a good omen. Silence is not golden! They also believe that the right shoe should always be put on first – to put the left on first is very bad luck. The only exception to this rule is when one unintentionally dresses the left foot first on a Friday morning!
- Discarded shoes should fall flat on their soles, otherwise it signifies ill fortune.
- A beetle crawling out of a shoe is not a good sign – even worse, a beetle crawling over a shoe signifies death. How morbid?
- It is considered to be bad luck to leave shoes in the shape of a cross. To break the bad luck, another person must pick them up.
- What side of the bed do you get out of? Apparently, placing the left foot on the floor first, first thing in the morning, is not a good idea. Awkward if you sleep on the left of the bed!
- Walking with one shoe on and one foot bare is a sign of bad luck for a whole year!
- Put your shoes on the wrong feet? You can look forward to an accident befalling your tootsies.
- Other portents of doom include placing shoes and slippers on the bed at the same time; placing shoes higher than the head; keeping shoes under the bed; placing shoes on a chair in a dressing room; and tying shoes together and hanging them from a nail. The only way to keep shoes under the bed without bad luck following was to have the toes pointing outwards.
- Even shoelaces carry suspicion: if shoelaces come undone while you walk, your father loves you more than your mother does. If the right lace comes undone, somebody is speaking well of you; if the left comes undone, someone is speaking ill of you. Break your shoelace? Bad luck for you!
- In the early days, a man wearing laced shoes was considered to have female characteristics…sigh; how times have changed. The singer Prince does this ALL the time. Incidentally, Prince is known as the male Imelda Marcos with his heel collection.
- Perhaps the strangest footwear related belief from olden times dictated that a man cut a piece of the lint cotton sheet from the bed in which he had slept with a woman, and placed it in his shoe between his big toe and second toe. Why? She would hence be unable to sleep with another man! A woman doing the same would keep a man faithful to her.
- Wear salt in the heel and toe of the right shoe for good luck; pepper in the shoes will keep feet warm. Red pepper in shoes will keep the wearer out of strife. Tasty shoes..!
There are many more strange beliefs about shoes…do you subscribe to any of these?