What kind of shoes appeared in the dream? If they were hiking boots, perhaps you long to travel and explore? If your dream shoes were shoddy, are you feeling down-trodden in waking life? If you were walking over someone in your dream, especially if you were wearing heavy clogs, is this literally true in waking life? Whose feelings are you treading on with your heavy feet? Shoes often represent your chosen way of life in dreams or the character traits developed to deal with life.
If the shoes belong to a particular role or activity, for example ballet shoes for dancers or nurses’ shoes for those in the caring professions, this may indicate a need for the qualities of that role or activity.
More generally, shoes and garters in dreams have also traditionally represented sexuality.
If you are changing boots or shoes, has there been a recent change in circumstances as in ‘the boot is on the other foot’? If you are taking off your shoes in the dream, it might suggest that you are leaving your past behind and feel open to change.
If your shoes are painful because they pinch and rub, is your freedom of movement being restricted in the waking world? Or have you been feeling a financial pinch recently? If you are wearing someone else’s shoes, your unconscious may have been urging you not to judge someone so quickly, because if you walked in their shoes you would understand how hard it is for them to make progress.
If you are walking without shoes, you may be going through a rough patch or you may simply feel like letting go of your everyday responsibilities. And because of the association between shoes, shopping and sex, dreams about shoes may also simply be erotic wish- fulfillment fantasies. In ancient dream lore, lacing up shoes in a dream was a well-known symbol of death, as were shoes on a table.
Socks in dreams often represent the cleanness or untidiness of a person, and therefore depict some kind of judgment about what sort of person they are or, if the socks are yours, how you see yourself. Socks can also be associated with warmth and protection, or with certain roles such as those that football, tennis or hiking socks represent; expressions such as ‘pull your socks up’ or ‘knocked my socks off’ suggest a motivating or powerful experience.
If the socks are full of holes in your dream, this may suggest that you feel demoralized in some way. If, however, you were waving a sock to someone, were you warning them, as might be suggested by the phrase ‘sock it to them’, or were you trying to get them to impress you, as might be suggested by ‘sock it to me’?... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Candlestick)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If broken, go within and find inner strength and resources; get a handle on who you are, what you are about.... The Dream Books Symbols
To dream of using a hoe, you will enjoy freedom from poverty by directing your energy into safe channels.
For a woman to dream of hoeing, she will be independent of others, as she will be self-supporting.
For lovers, this dream is a sign of faithfulness.
To dream of a foe striking at you with a hoe, your interests will be threatened by enemies, but with caution you will keep aloof from real danger. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Preparations before an important project or undertaking, often emotional (to prepare a ﬁeld or garden with a hoe).
3. Moving beyond old limits to a greater growth.
4. Slang for prostitute. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If so, see Prostitute.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see them broken, ill fortune and sickness is portrayed.
To find a horseshoe hanging on the fence, denotes that your interests will advance beyond your most sanguine expectations.
To pick one up in the road, you will receive profit from a source you know not of. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A measure of success in love (to play a game of horseshoes). Progress is impeded (a broken or worn-out horseshoe). ... New American Dream Dictionary
According to Freud, the outline of the horseshoe represents the opening of the female sex organ.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The horse- shoe is also connected as a lucky symbol to weddings. Customarily lo dream of a horseshoe may indicate there will shortly be a wedding in your family or peer group.
2- In ordinary everyday life, symbols which have a long history become fixed in, and used by; our unconscious often to represent other happier times or times when there has been more happening.
3- Spiritually, we can link the horseshoe with a talisman or amulet which protects us and our personal space.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The crescent form of the horseshoe links the symbol to pagan moon goddesses of ancient europe such as artemis and diana, and the protection invoked is that of the goddess herself.
The horseshoe is always taken as a lucky symbol and, traditionally, if it is turned upwards it represents the moon and protection from all aspects of evil. When turned downwards, the power is reputed to ‘drain out’ and therefore be unlucky.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A more modern consideration of the power of the horseshoe relates to grounding and harnessing the power of the horse through the symbol of the shoe that protects the horse’s ability to move. No matter how you relate to this symbol, if it appears in a dream, you are connecting with the idea of good fortune and the providence of luck.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The legend tells us that the Phoenix lived for five hundred years and then retreated to make a nest where she would die. She made a nest of aromatic twigs that would burn from the heat of its own body.
The Phoenix is said to rise from its own ashes. It comes alive though the transforming power of fire and it lives again in full splendor. In the Middle Ages, the Phoenix was often used as a symbol for Christ, as he resurrected. This legendary bird is an archetypal dream symbol that brings us positive and powerful images of rebirth.
If you dream of the Phoenix, it is most likely that you are receiving message from the unconscious that are telling you that new life and new beginnings are always possible. This bird is a reminder that we have internal powers of regeneration and that we have the power to change things for the better. As you are interpreting this dream, try to visualize a great bird rising up from fire and ash.
It is a powerful image, whether produced by a dream or visualization.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
A symbol of resurrection, rebirth, and transformation.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Reincarnation, rebirth, and new beginnings. Known by the Egyptians as the bennu, this fire bird renews itself by making a nest in a raging conflagration from which it is born anew.
Longevity. Several ancient texts, including the Talmud, intimate this creature can live as long as one thousand years.... The Language of Dreams
Sphinx / Griffin / Hydra
In dreams and in waking life, the Sphinx is a symbol of mystery and divinity, but its dual nature (it is a bird as well as a human) is a warning to beware the lure of obsession. The Sphinx of Greek myth, a creature with a woman’s head and a man’s body, killed anyone who failed to answer her riddle; her appearance in your dream may represent a problem or challenge that is baffling you. (If you remember Oedipus’s solution, could it hold the key to your problem?) On the other hand, for most people a dream of the Sphinx will represent Egypt and all the mystery conjured up by that country.
If you dreamed of a serpent-like multi-headed hydra that instantly grew two or more heads whenever one was hacked off, could your unconscious have portrayed your sense of struggling to take one step forward, only to find you have moved two steps back; or did it symbolize the drastic multiplication of problems in waking life? The griffin is said to denote vigilance, combining the attributes of the eagle with those of the lion. To dream of a griffin may be warning you to stop letting your heart rule your head, as well as recommending you to control your fiery temper.... The Element Encyclopedia
If this is seen as torn or cracked while he walks in the other it means he will separate from his partner, brother or sister.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
According to Freud: putting on a shoe symbolizes a sexual act. Compare this to River.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you dream of removing your shoes, then you are attempting to be more grounded or you are leaving an old role behind.
If you dream of wearing someone else’s shoes, then you are having compassion for them, and learning what it would feel like to walk a mile in their shoes. Consider the type of shoes and the feeling tone of this dream.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The shoe or slipper, says Freud, is a symbol of the female genitals.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you dream of shoe boxes filled with new shoes, you may be overconfident in your success. Or, you may be on a life path that is unfamiliar to you.... My Dream Interpretation
If the laces are broken or lost in your dream, you are feeling overwhelmed.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Loose shoelaces—deep desire not to be able to go somewhere (shoes not available). ... New American Dream Dictionary
For a woman to dream that her husband or lover is a shoemaker, foretells competency will be hers; her wishes will be gratified. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
(Also see Tailor)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Folklore: Bad luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A shoemaker is repairing your shoes: a friend is helping you and a project that seemed hopeless is going to turn out okay after all.
Depth Psychology: With help from others you have a changed attitude and correcting a mistake gives you new insight.... Dreamers Dictionary
To have them blacked in your dreams, foretells improvement in your affairs, and some important event will cause you satisfaction. New shoes, augur changes which will prove beneficial.
If they pinch your feet, you will be uncomfortably exposed to the practical joking of the fun-loving companions of your sex.
To find them untied, denotes losses, quarrels and ill-health.
To lose them, is a sign of desertion and divorces.
To dream that your shoes have been stolen during the night, but you have two pairs of hose, denotes you will have a loss, but will gain in some other pursuit.
For a young woman to dream that her shoes are admired while on her feet, warns her to be cautious in allowing newly introduced people, and men of any kind, to approach her in a familiar way. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. If shoes are worn out, one has tried very hard to succeed.
3. Wearing baby shoes signiﬁes that one’s approach to life is innocent and pure.
4. To be shining shoes signiﬁes hope for the future.
5. If one can’t ﬁnd shoes, it means that the dreamer is sabotaging his/her own success. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you dream of shoes that are shabby and worn out, you can expect success in your business through hard work. New shoes mean overconfidence, but if you lose a shoe you will experience setbacks or losses.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Old, torn shoes symbolize snares along the path, or long, hard roads traveled to obtain your heart’s desire. These can also reveal a tendency to always fall back on what’s comfortable and known to you, instead of taking risks.
Boots are protective, so this dream may portend some rough footing’ ahead for which you should prepare.
Wearing unusual shoes in a dream may indicate a need to see things differently. Try looking at this situation from another perspective (e.g., “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes”).
The kind of shoes seen in the dream can reveal how you walk through life.
For example, seeing baby shoes means that you’re very unsure of things, and compensate by moving slowly. Ballet shoes can disclose a person who either tiptoes through difficult situations, or someone who has unique grace and mobility.
Trying on shoes represents testing various options until you find the perfect one (e.g., “if the shoe fits, wear it”).
Yearing new shoes symbolizes change and transitions with which you may not be totally comfortable yet.
In Egypt and Greece, shoes were part of fertility rights, which is how they became part of marriage rituals today. So, the throwing of a shoe or seeing numerous shoes following behind you in a dream represents productivity or abundance.
Small shoes symbolize virginity, or being naive about worldly matters, as in the storv of Cinderella.... The Language of Dreams
To lose one shoe is a sign of quarrels.... The Complete Dream Book
The dream also means that you are unhappy or dissatisfied with your present situation. See Running.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dream the shoes you are wearing is shabby and worn out you can expect success in your business through hard work. New shoes mean overconfidence, but if you lose a shoe you will experience setbacks or losses.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To dream that your Shoes are worn or patched is a certain sign of difficulties, but with care and hard work you will succeed. New Shoes show some fortunate enterprise, with unexpected results. See also BOOTS.... Mystic Dream Book
If you dream that your shoes are dirty and ragged, you will make enemies if you continue to criticize people. New shoes signify positive changes. Losing your shoes is a sign that you might lose an important relationship.
If you dream that others are admiring your shoes, you should be cautious around people you have recently met for the first time, especially males.
To dream that you are wearing inappropriate shoes for the activity at hand, suggests that your progress and path in life will be challenged because you are not well-prepared. It may also indicate that you are heading in the wrong direction and need to reevaluate your goals.
If you dream of wearing someone else’s shoes, this is a strong indication that you need to start looking at situations and relationships from other people’s point-of-views. Your opinions and attitudes are not the only ones that matter - be more considerate of others.
To dream that someone else is wearing your shoes, signifies a loss of identity. You may feel that someone else is copying your style, or stealing something from you that is very special. This is a typical dream when you feel like you’re being replaced in your friendship group, in a love relationship, or even in a family (perhaps by a new baby). Also see “High Heels”... My Dream Interpretation
To have your shoes shined in your dream predicts important changes ahead. Untied shoes forebode misfortune and quarrels.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
To see a shoemaker at work is a sign of an unanticipated new business offer.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dream that you are buying shoes, it shows that you need protection.
If the shoes are small or cause you harm, it shows that you are not ready to give everything that is expected of you. In contrast, if the shoes are big, it shows that you have many resources within your reach, but that you do not know how to funnel them appropriately. Clothing that introduces a certain part of the body were for Freud sexual symbols. In this sense, fairy tales use the same language. When Cinderella puts her foot in the shoe, it shows her sexual desire for the prince.
According to popular superstition, losing a shoe precedes an illness.
It is possible that this belief come from an ancient English custom which consisted of burning an old smelly shoe in the fireplace to drive off possible household infections. Lastly, shoes covered in dust foretell an unexpected trip; shining shoes foretell felicity and love.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The shoes in your dreams can illuminate how well you are walking your walk. Since shoes adorn the feet, they represent personal self- expression and choices around where you are headed.
The phrase “walk in someone else’s shoes” may be important to consider in a dream with shoes in it. Trying on new and different shoes can connect to a need to discover new ways of moving about your life. Different shoes or mismatched pairs are expressing confusion about where your steps may lead you. Lost shoes indicate a need to find ways of grounding yourself and call you to inquire about the ways in which you may not be fully prepared to move in new directions.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams