Shoes and Weddings:  Historical Traditions and Modern Trends

Throughout time, shoes have played a unique and significant role in the history of wedding customs and ceremony. Shoes have been recognized as lucky charms, social statements and trends in many cultures that still exist in some form today.  Shoes have always held significance for newlywed couples stepping out towards a joyful, blessed and auspicious future together.

The old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue… and a sixpence in the shoe”  has spawned the intriguing tradition of brides hiding money in their shoes on their wedding day. Victorian brides used to put sixpence in their left shoe as a dowry for the groom. The significance of a bride keeping money hidden in her shoe reflects the belief that this will ensure an abundant and benevolent future for the couple.

Historically, Anglo Saxon brides tossed their shoes to be caught instead of a bouquet of flowers to their bridesmaids who desired to marry.

Reminiscent of the fairytale of Cinderella and her glass slipper, shoes have also played an important role in choosing a bride to be in ancient royal Chinese culture.  Matchmakers displayed shoes with various embroidered designs to offer to a suitor insight as to the prospective brides wealth, education, and social status.

Later in history the trend was set by Catherine de Medici as one of the first brides to wear high heels on her sojourn to the alter. In modern times brides are altering tradition too by wearing wild and gorgeous shoes. Brides now choose from Gucci to the sexy stilettos of Louboutin to rough and ready cowboy boots for their sashay down the aisle.  Lets stay tuned to see what future brides come up with next.

Are you the next bride to dare to set a footwear trend?

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