What does shoes mean in dreams?

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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111 Responses to What does shoes mean in dreams?

  1. 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.


  2. 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

  3. 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 ..

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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 ??????

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Mahasin Aqeel June 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Elaine Ll. August 28, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    I dreamt of having damaged sandals, only one was damage, then afterwards I changed to slippers. Can you help me interpret this? Please… I badly want to know.. thanks a lot

  21. eileen September 23, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    i had a dream last night about my mom..she passed away 3 weeks ago and last night i dreamt that she was wearing high heel black boots she said to me that she is just saying goodbye to me and that i cannot go with her she was standing on both feet and walking..when she was alive she coudnt walk alone she needed a wheelchair to move around..please answer

  22. mlennox September 26, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    This is a standard “visitation” dream which in some ways is not a dream at all but a spirit connection to someone has just passed. The signs that a dream is a visitation is that 1) the person must have passed recently, 2) the dream must be pretty simple in structure, 3) the message is either one of silent good will or the simple message of “all is well”. All these are present in this dream. I can’t speak into why the boots specifically, but clearly the message is that without the limitations of the body, her inability to walk is now irrelevant. Perhaps the boots have some association for you in your personal life?

  23. Jean Peccioli January 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm #


  24. Kat March 27, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    In my dream, I remember buying several shoes, sandals to be exact.
    Then I remember, seeing this mother of my ex wearing one pair among the new sandals I bought. I didn’t give it to her, she just appeared in the store already wearing my new sandals.

    what does that mean?

  25. DAFE KINGSLEY May 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm #


  26. bon October 6, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    i received a text from a close friend / childhood friend im really close with their family and with her dad. my friend’s dad is already dead for almost a month already. my friend told me. “her dad asking her to buy me a shoes”. maybe you can help me in kinda scared and clueless. thank you!

  27. Meme October 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I had a dream that I lost my shoes and then I get on the skytrain and realize that I don’t have shoes in my feet . So I look down and see to kind of shoes 1 flat one and high heels . I go ahead and try the flat one but it didn’t fit so then I steal the high heels and run to the lower lever of the skytrain station and then I wore the high heels shoes . What does that mean please

  28. Juliet October 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    I dreamt that there was a woman who wants to take my rubber shoes but i refuse instead i wrapped it in a plastic and put it in my luggage.what does the interpretation of my dream.

  29. JoyAnne November 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    For at least 6+ months 2-3 times a week I have dreams related to shoes. Sometimes I have no shoes at all, sometimes the shoes I have are inadequate for the situation I’m in, sometimes I lose a pair of shoes. It’s becoming too strange. Any insights?

  30. Emily November 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    I had a dream, and I wasnt particularly sleeping all the way, just kind of laying in bed and sort of day dreaming in a sense. And I was trying to do something simple, like imagine myself tying my shoes and i start to do it, but I can’t finish it. My brain won’t let me the my shoes. I can’t the them. And it makes me so frustrated that I can’t imagine tying them that I had to get up and tie my shoes in real life. And I’ve had multiple occasions when that’s happened when I try and imagine doing something simple like that, and I just can’t do it in my dream.

  31. lawal December 3, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    I dreamt that the slippers i wear to a place,when leaving the place,I can’t find the slippers again. Pls what is the meaning.

  32. KapSon December 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    I had a dream in the evening. where i was going on a bike with my friend. I saw another friend of mine going on a bicycle. One of my formal shoe gets dropped on the street. So i tell my friend who was riding the bike to stop. We then came back to collect the shoe. I was surprised to see that the shoe wasn’t mine. And it’s lace was wide open to wear. So i wore it fast and i sat on the bike. I then saw one of my other friend who recently got married. And we started discussion about our friends who went outside India for job opportunities. I work in Information technology industry with an MNC. And i am awaiting for my elder sister to get Married asap.

  33. jen December 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    I once had a dream with a white shoe with red laces pressing down on a car accelerator then the alarm went off and I woke up any ideas to what it might mean

  34. Ephraim February 9, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    I have dream of money coming out of my shoes please explain to me what does that mean to me ?

  35. John February 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    Last October I had a dream I had lost my shoes. I was looking all over for them in an old house I went to visit a family member. I didn’t find my shoes.In September, my sister-in-law passed away of a massive stroke. I don’t like dreaming shoes.

  36. daniel March 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    I have many dreams that I am not Warren shoes ,and through out the dreams I am vary warred? What does this mean ?,,,,,,,,

  37. Gwen March 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Hi i had dreami saw my husband wearing a black shoes but when i get him the shoes change in color white with wearing white socks.

  38. more March 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    my female friend had a dream about me bought her white shoes and her one friend was angry with it and the onther friend wanted to know each an everything in her personal life

  39. joy April 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Vague dream. I had a dream that I was suppose to give my shoes away. I seemed conflicted over it. Don’t know to who or why.

    Any in site I would truly appreciate.

    Thanks, Joy

  40. Amanda April 30, 2016 at 5:04 am #

    Last night I dreamt that I was taking a new pair of pristine white and shinny gold Nike Hightower off. Only my left shoe came off with no problem, but I kept having to take my right one off. It was a rip-away pant effect. Took me about five tries to get barefoot. Satisfied, I looked at my collection and noticed they were none of the same size(they got gradually smaller). I felt happy and relieved and said “Oh! There are the shoes I got for Roseallie”(my 6 y/of niece).

  41. Reagan May 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm #


    I dreamt I was wearing my brown leather shoes and I was putting 50000.00 in my shoes which I found

  42. Eegi May 15, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    i had dream that my high heeled fancy shoes are kept in box in my girlfriend’s home. when i visit her home to take my shoes in boxes, she changed them with old ones. some of their heels are damaged. in the dream i was sad and when i try to leave her home, she hanged me and did not let me leave. Please explain me what does it mean to me?

  43. Pintu May 20, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    Today I dreamt some one stolen my shoe from outside of doctor chamber and I am searching the man what does that mean plz ans

  44. Alma Webster June 7, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    I dreamt about a coral pair of all stars shoes, and the next day I saw the same shoes at a consignment store.

  45. Lynda Doucet June 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    So, dreams of shoes or anything else have to be considerd in the context of the dream. We use shoes to protect our feet,, and our feet take us to where we want to go. The also reflect our style/ego/personality. I am struck by the many dreams of one shoe. There is something incomplete, something that hasn’t shown up yet, perhaps. What does the particular color or shoe mean to you in your life? What are your associations with shoes like this? What is your feeling in the dream? How does the shoe or shoes fit in with other parts of the dream or with your waking life. It’s not necessary to pin down a meaning in a dream…we can live out of the question or the feeling of the dream and see where it leads. In fact, pinning it down can impoverish a rich dream. Love, Lyn Doucet, M.Ed., M.A., LPC

  46. King Abdul June 27, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    I had a dream, I noticed I was wearing another person’s pair of black shoes but the shoe is a little bit old. The sole of the one on my right foot is a bit out of place. I looked and realized I was wearing another person’s shoes. Please what does this mean.

  47. lyn doucet June 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Are you walking another’s path and not your own? That’s getting old,isn’t it. Your, “soul” is getting out of place.

  48. King Abdul June 30, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you, please can you educate me more on the path that is not my own or could it be that I am doing job that isn’t mine,how do you mean my soul is getting out of place please educate me and if possible can you advice what need to be done to make amends?
    Thank you so very much. I appreciate.

  49. Lynda Doucet June 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    This would be information and insight that would arise out of your own contemplation and work with the dream. It’s also based on your belief system….So very personal. Are you fulfilled in the work you are doing? Is your path fitted for your special talents?

  50. Andrew bright August 28, 2016 at 5:38 am #

    After preaching to my wife before i slept, i dreamed preaching in a church again.but i was surprised that i was preaching the message of Jesus in a church where there were no chairs…. And every one entering, i was telling them to remove shoes before entering the church.and every one was seating on the flow.plz help me know the meaning of this dream.. Thanx