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Sunday, October 7, 2001
Dream theme

Dreaming of shoes
Vinaya Katoch Manhas

DREAMS of shoes are not very common as they are so much part of our everyday life that we hardly take notice of them until they bite us or give us corns. Thus, shoes as the main dream symbol have more of symbolic interpretation attached to them rather than a literal one.

You can dream of men wearing women’s shoes and vice-versa, or maybe your shoes developing holes in them, or losing your shoes and roaming about barefooted. The irony in the last type of dream is that although you do not see your shoes, it is the anxiety for the missing shoes that envelopes the dream, thus making the shoe a dominant symbol.

As per Indian texts, should a man be wearing attractive and costly shoes, he shall gain in respect and fame. On the contrary, should the shoes be torn and worn out then he shall suffer a setback in life. To see yourself buy new shoes and wearing them shall bring you financial gains in your job. Should you simply see shoes in your dreams then prepare for a journey. To lose your shoes is not a good omen as it foretells that your loved ones shall betray you when you need them most. So do not depend on them.

 


As per western thought, to see your shoes ragged and soiled, denotes that you will make enemies by your unfeeling criticisms. To have them blackened in your dreams, foretells improvement in your affairs, and that some important event will bring you satisfaction. New shoes augur changes which will benefit you. If they pinch your feet, you shall be exposed to jokes at your cost. To find them untied denotes losses, quarrels and ill-health. To lose them foretells desertion and divorce.

To find them stolen prophesies some loss in the near future. For a young woman to dream that her shoes are being appreciated, warns her to beware of hypocritical people who would try to become too familiar with her. To see a shoemaker in your dream is very unfavourable.

Psychoanalytically, shoes in our dreams indicate steps to be taken and those already taken in our life. They portray our ability to be in touch with the reality of our life. To be wearing strange shoes gives us an indication that we need to make certain adjustments. Similar is the interpretation given to shoes that pinch. It simply signifies that we need to change certain attitudes towards our life. Lacing up our shoes is a well-known symbol of death. It could personify the death of a particular relationship or the finishing of a particular phase in our life. Seeing yourself wear women’s shoes if you are a man and vice-versa introduces you to the animus or the anima within you, i.e. the male or the female aspect within you. It tells you to pay more attention to that particular aspect of your personality. Trying shoes that are too big for you or too small for you signifies complexes within you.

Take the dream of a 44-year-old man, who often saw himself as a child wearing his parent’s shoes which were too big for hm. Such a dream often portrays the desire ‘to get into others’ shoes’.

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