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Offbeat Toe-Tapping Traditions: Wedding Shoes

Jul 22, 2013 03:00AM ● Published by Anonymous

The only way to know how they came to be today is to look at how important they were yesterday.

Brides in old England (we mean like in the 1500 and 1600s) had shoes thrown at them after the ceremony. It was considered good luck and a sign of good fortune if the bride, groom, or carriage was hit. After learning that only having one shoe puts a damper on a later ensemble, the shoe tradition eventually evolved from tying shoes to the back of the car to tying cans to the back of the car (or carriage). The noises of the tin cans dragging behind were also thought to ward off evil spirits, ensuring more luck for the marriage.

In ancient Egypt, the bride’s father gave his daughter’s sandal to her groom, as a symbolic gesture. This was supposed to symbolize that his daughter now belonged to her husband, and as such, he was accepting the responsibility of having her as his wife.

In Greece, the bride has each of her bridesmaids sign their names on the bottom of her shoes. By the end of the night, after all the drinking, dancing, and kissing, the names which have rubbed off of the sole will eventually get married. This idea is also a great one for a souvenir for the bride. Of course every bride will keep her shoes, but now she also remembers just who of her bridesmaids stepped up to the challenge and who made out the best.

Knowing where your shoes are coming from helps you lead them where they’re going: right on down the aisle.

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