What does shoes mean in dreams?

by mlennox on January 5, 2011

Today’s term from Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide For Interpreting Any Dream is Shoes.  For no particular reason…


Universal Landscape:  How grounded you are.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you wearing shoes?  Were you looking for shoes?  Were you shopping for shoes?  Were you putting them on or taking them off?  Were they yours or someone else’s?  Were you aware of whose shoes you were wearing?  Was someone else wearing your shoes?

Personal Focus:  Shoes simultaneously protect our feet as well as express our sense of style.  Our feet symbolize how grounded we are and our ability to maneuver effectively on our chosen path.  The shoes that we wear or see in a dream reflect two things:  how we protect the stand we take in life and how we express ourselves with regard to the steps we take as we walk through life.

Looking at a particular pair of shoes to wear in a dream connects to a direction you have not yet embarked upon but may be considering.  Noticing someone else’s shoes might point to a number of thoughts about others, including envy, judgment or compassion–the latter of which can only occur when you have walked a mile in another person’s shoes.

A single shoe means a path that is only half-considered, or a switch that occurs midway through a process.  Losing or looking for shoes might point out insecurity that keeps you from moving through life in a more grounded fashion.  Sneakers or athletic shoes connect to speed and increased performance.  High- heeled shoes make a statement about a deliberate presentation that has impact, but can debilitate movement.  Wearing a very expensive shoe might illuminate issues around the desire for abundance.

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Amy Anderson September 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hello – I had an interesting dream about trying desperately to find the other shoe I was wearing…I was so proud of it, yet couldn’t find the other. I remember lifting my foot up and noticing how unusual and unique my shoe was…the colors, style and texture. Very unique.
I am considering…a shift in my business and really taking the plunge instead of standing on the sidelines…yet, I’m noticing what holds me back. Being much more intentional …I can sort of see a correlation.


Crystal October 16, 2013 at 3:56 am

I had a dream i was leaving the beach and couldn’t find my shoes but there was an unclaimed pair of men’s sneakers in the basket of my stroller so I went to put them on and one suddenly disappeared so I just used one to walk home

Lil November 6, 2013 at 1:18 am

I had a dream a guy friend of mine gave me leather brown boots shoes as a gift . But I only remeber seeing only one single shoe not a pair . It looks really expensive and flash but I was also worried it wouldn’t be size . What does it mean ..

Ricarda. December 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Hi,my dream was that there were hundreds of deteriorated shoes and despite I did not have any shoes I decided no wear any,what that does mean?

Help please?

Shirrel Berry January 31, 2014 at 7:19 am

I had a dream about 3 different sneakers. Only thing, I couldn’t find the mate to neither pair. What could this mean? Please respond if you know the answer. Thanks!

EJ. January 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi , my dream was that I saw my friend somewhere in a store as if he worked there ,then two women were standing close , but then he put his shoes or ankle boots on and left . What does it mean ??????

Pakeeza March 16, 2014 at 4:36 am

My friend saw me walking barefooted later she lends me hers..what does it signify? Am i in some trouble

Joan March 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

I also am dreaming about no wearing shoes, but I am not unhappy…I look down and notice that I am not wearing any and all of a sudden I start looking around and I find some. In my first dream I find a pair of gold wedge heeled ones and think wow these sure are loud shoes and notice that Imam wearing a coat that is the same color and am very happy because they match and fit me perfect.

In my 2nd dream I’m out some where enjoying myself walking and all of a sudden I look down and realize Inam not wearing away shoes. Then once again I start looking around and find a box with brand new pair of comfortable looking of white sandles. In both dreams I’m more happy than said and not really concerned that I no shoes.

Would appreciate your thoughts.

Mel Carrasco March 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I dreamed I was at a church picnic and removed my boots to do some sort of activities. When I went to put them back on, someone had taken them. What does this mean?

Rafira April 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I had a dream trying to where my shoes,was hard to put them an and in the same time i need it to walk i look down and i recognize same old shoes never where them before.A man was watching me crying and suffering been able to get to a big wood bar where i put my arms around.What this means?

Thank you,R

celeste April 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

I had a dream of shoes so many of them some were in good condition and some were bad, l asked the shoe maker to fix the bad one ad l wanted to give them away to needy people what does it mean they were all white

maria May 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I dreamt that I was looking for some shoes to buy there were new and old shoes expensive and cheap stylish and normal but I didn’t know which one to get. Plus the normal shoe I choose was shoe and damage and the stylish one had too high heels what does that mean

Emily June 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hi i had a dream that i left my bedroom window open then i saw a 5ft slim lady near the outside window i looked over my boyfriend that i am with him for two years and two months that she left on top of his pillow a pair of light brown shoes with black laces in a plastic bag. I woke him up he tried to follow her to find out if she took anything he couldn’t catch her. Please explain that dream to me

Mahasin June 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

I dreamed that a lady that I worked with when only a teen was with me in a restaurant and in attempting to pay the bill my card was voided. I humbly yet embarrassingly asked her to cover it and that I would get her the money. She agreed but emphasized that she needed her money back asap. In leaving the restaurant I left my shoes outside of it; I left to go get the money to repay her but wondered about my shoes all the same? Can you assist me with an interpretation?

Emelda June 26, 2014 at 5:38 am

I dreamt i was in a store, chinese store looking for shoes to buy. There were many shoes, summer shoes, pink shoes that looked like they were for children. I was specifically looking for warm winter boots but the ones that were there were damaged so i took none.

Dondon tenchavez June 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

I dreamt that i lost my one slipper and one shoe in my left foot in school. What does it mean? But i’m not studying.

Mahasin Aqeel June 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I left my shoes and was preoccupied with should I return to retrieve them

Helen July 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

Hi I had 2 different dream about shoes in. The same month one was I went to but Nike sport shoes and It had light then I went to sope them incase the battery finishes for a different type of Nike sport shoes and there was non left. The other dream I had was I had lots of Nike shoes and one shoes that was an expensive brand but not that popular I went to try a Nike shoes but I couldn’t find the other pair and my sis had both her pairs and that was the end of the dream.

Mahasin Aqeel July 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

In my dream I had left my shoes and was trying to decide should I go back for them

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